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E. Joyce Moore



A Renaissance woman defined as a self-taught artist, writer, community activist and advocate of the arts, E. Joyce Moore, whose artistic name is JEMI, holds a passion for the arts since childhood.  Her initial career choice was fashion design.  She pursued that dream, majoring in Home Economics at Ambassador University in Texas. "I took one cooking class because it was required.  I attended both Ambassador and Kilgore College concurrently and full-time in my junior year, so that I could take courses in Fashion Merchandising and still get my degree.  Although I took twenty-four hours a semester, I had fun because I had a passion for what I was pursuing."  After college, her road toward design took a detour, as family responsibilities took priority.   While living in Chicago, Joyce worked toward a Master of Arts degree in Advertising at Northwestern University, but decided that it would not help achieve her creative and financial goals. Joyce spent nineteen years in management with AT&T where she developed her strategic, entrepreneurial and developmental planning strengths, along with formal training in project management.


In 1997, she combined her corporate-honed business skills with her passion for the arts and education, to found a grassroots organization supporting the education of and about artists of color and African descent: the Alliance of African American Artists, Inc.  In 1998 the Alliance took its first major exhibition to Grand Rapids, Michigan.  In fall 1998, Joyce was the sole juror and curator of the annual Ohio Art League Fall Exhibition of Art.  From 2000 through 2004, the Alliance was invited to participate in the National Black Fine Art Show in Manhattan, a show previously hosted by such celebrities as Danny Glover, Susan Taylor, Leon (Robinson) and others. As a result of the Alliance’s consistent success in its exhibition of high quality fine art, the Alliance’s was invited to participate in the 2000 COLOR: National Black Fine Art Exposition in Chicago, which was hosted by Oprah Winfrey.  In June 2001, the Alliance hosted LINES™, a four-day program event, at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In May 2002, the Alliance also developed, sponsored and promoted the New Harlem Renaissance™ exhibition in Indiana, renting the Indianapolis Art Center as the venue.  In 2003, the Alliance was invited to include an exhibition of its member artists’ work in the Indiana Black Expo Cultural Pavilion.  Her passion for fine arts have given her the opportunity to work with such talents as author Dr. Halima Taha, Ora Reed – cultural ambassador for the state of Mississippi,  jazz musician Pharez, and classic tenor Derrick Alton.


Joyce is a poet and a writer of numerous articles published by Black Suburban Journal newspaper, American Vision magazine, and Newslink, a professional development publication, including an on-going column "From the Stoop." She wrote play and movie reviews for NUVO newspaper, and has op-eds and articles published with an array of e-zines, national and international online news sources and various hard-copy magazines and publications. She wrote for New Vision Magazine was a feature writer for BBM Magazine. She has written for Huffington Post and comments regularly on HP articles. Her writing experiences include interviews of public figures such as Kwesi Mfume, Ed Gordon, Slide Hampton and the Hampton family.  She self-published her first non-fiction book, “Gettin’ to the Good Wood” which received exceptional reviews from the Indianapolis Recorder and the 2004 Midwest Book Review, and has completed her first collection of poetry “ Ramblings Through the Attic of Thought” which was published by All Things That Matter Press and received the 2009 SORMAG Poetry Book of the Year and Poet of the Year awards. She is a contributor to a number of books, including Chicken Soup for the African American Soul, What is the Purpose of a Banana by Dr. Cartlon Green, Gumbo for the Soul and MoAD Stories Project.    

She has expressed her creativity on film, directing a cable television show in Indiana back in 1984, creating an infomercial for AT&T products in 1988 and producing a video, introducing various emerging artists, for the 2000 National Black Fine Arts Show.  Joyce has a television drama series concept with  two scripts.     She also completed a  screenplay, one short animation play: Sand and has other concepts in the works.  She has two children’s book projects – Princess Jahzzara -- that she is developing and hopes to launch as a multimedia project and I Like Brown illustrated by fine artist Charlotte Riley-Webb.  she was recently named the National Curator for the Nina Simone Experience, which is scheduled to debut in April 2010.  She can be reached for presentations, lectures and panel discussions via e-mail

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