Mo is a queer Southern artist and community organizer from Kentucky. They graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Sculpture in 2007.

Mo Kessler, Appalachian Artist

Much of Mo’s work as an Appalachian, an artist and as an organizer is centered on the stories and lessons of frontline communities. Mo has a history of resistance organizing against mountain-top removal, foreclosures, and police brutality.

Mo has served as a board member of the Beloved Community Center, as co-chair of the Central Carolina Worker Justice Center, and as a founding board member of the Renaissance Community Cooperative where they served as the Vice President and chair of the Governance and Policy Committee.

Mo spends most of their time making art, hanging out with their dogs and uplifting the intersections of food access, healthy sexuality, environmental, racial and economic justice. From this framework, they are deeply invested in building a transformative cooperative economy in Appalachia and the South.

Mo is currently a MFA candidate at Western Carolina University. Centering on the social and environmental landscape of Appalachia and the South, Mo’s thesis work draws from ecological sacrifice zones, the politics of disposability and class identity.