Pronouns: Xe/xyr (Suggested pronunciation: Ze, Zer)

Nessi Alexander-Barnes earned xyr BFA in Art & Design alongside a BS in Art History from Towson University in Towson, MD, in 2015. Xe is currently an MFA candidate in Fine Arts (Drawing) at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Xe identifies as Nonbinary & Genderqueer, Panromantic, and Demisexual. These identities are among those that are important to xyr work.

They/them is also acceptable.


The queer community (or, more properly, communities) encompass(es) a huge array of people from extremely diverse backgrounds, experiences, and intersections. I really believe that the best way to both represent and enthusiastically celebrate this is to elevate the voices of many creators relating their unique lifeworlds. I want to do what I can to promote such projects.

As such, my work makes the most sense beside the work of others similarly engaged. I therefore request that any venue hosting more than five of my works please consider also soliciting the work of other makers, particularly those who identify as queer or non-neurotypical, or any other makers from a background historically underrepresented in fine art spaces.

I am enthusiastic to participate in projects with similar goals or outlooks, time permitting. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have such a project.