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Pratt Institute, MFA in Performance and Performance Studies, (May 2019 completion)

California Institute of the Arts, BFA, 2003, MFA, Film/Video 2007

Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, 1995

Awards * Fellowships * Grants

Pratt Institute Full Tuition Award                                                           2016

League of Allied Arts Corporation Scholarship                                    2003

California Institute of the Arts Scholarship                                          2001-05

Alaska Hi-Tech Business Council Fellowship Award                           2000

Selected Artist, Artist Create for the New Millennium, NEA &

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation collaborative project                             2000

In the Public Realm, Public Art Fund, NYC                                            2000

Vito Russo Award, The New Festival                                                     1998

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts/NEA Fellowship                         1997

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship                                      1996

Jerome Foundation Video Production Grant                                         1995

New York State Council for the Arts/Production Grant                        1995

Astraea National Lesbian Foundation Grant                                         1995

Art Matters Fellowship Grant                                                                  1995



Filmography (all titles directed, and produced by Jocelyn Taylor aka Jaguar Mary)

Whisper, performance on video, 2018

A Beckoning, performance on video, 2018

Emotional Body, performance on video, 2017

Hold Up, Pantene, performance on video, 2016

Ho’oponopono For Us All, performance on video, 2016

I Am the Kingdom, 16mm & digital video, 2007

The Sweet Dupe, 6min, digital video, 2006

Consumption, 2 min, 2-channel 16mm film & video, 2004

Desert Time, 4min, DVD, 2003

Underground, 3min, 16mm, 2002

Millennium Video Project, 25min, digital video, 2000

Armide 2000, 7min, digital video, 2000

Eight Times, 10min, video, 1998

Beauty Speaks, 8min, video, 1997

Bodily Functions, 18 min, video, 1995

Frankie & Jocie, 14min, video, 1994

24 Hours A Day, 8min, video, 1993

Looking for LaBelle, video, 1991

Father Knows Best, 20min, video, 1991




TOUCHED: A Mythic Bird Performance, Pratt Institute Chapel, NYC, 2018

I Am My Own Primal Parent, live performance and video screening, KARST, Plymounth UK, 2018

An Opening, live performance, Grace Exhibition Space, 2018

Whisper, live performance and video, Plaxall Gallery, NYC, 2018

Soul in A Body, live performance, Grace Exhibition Space, NYC, 2018

A Beckoning, live performance and video, Panoply Lab, NYC, 2018

45 Cracks, live performance, Grace Exhibition Space, 2018

Phoenix Rising, live performance and video, Rosekill Art Barn, Rosendale, NY, 2017

Birth of Afrekete, live performance, 2016

Kali Speaks, live performance, 2016

Watermelon Woman, feature film by Cheryl Dunye. 1996

Jocelyn Taylor’s Erotica, featured segment, Reel Sex, HBO, 1996

Greetings from Africa, short film by Cheryl Dunye. 1995

Murder and Murder, film by Yvonne Rainer, 1995

Naked Women, written by Divianna Ingravallo, The Kitchen, NYC 1992

Sluts and Goddesses, video by Annie Sprinkle and Maria Beatty, 1992





ART/LIFE Intsitute – Kingston, NY January 2019 – Present

Using studio for movement practice and researching written and performance thesis. Organizing performance evenings and a performance art film festival with local artists.

Artist in Residence – Artists and Communities: America Creates for a New Millennium, a project of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. May 2000 – October 2000

Trained a diverse group of LGBTQ Alaskan teens in video production and co-created a video based on their perspectives on family and culture for the new millennium.


Artist in Residence - Art Center South Florida, November & December 1997

Guided Miami High School students in the creation of six public service announcements that were exhibited at the Miami International Airport, Art Center South Florida, and Dade County Public Access Television.


Creative Residency – Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Spring, 1997


Artist in Residence – Art-In-General, New York City, Summer, 1996

            Taught and advised teen-aged girls in video production and aesthetics.



Co-producer – Thesis Festival, Pratt Institute – Brooklyn, New York. Present.

Organizing the presentations of the graduating class of the Performance and Performancs Studies cohort, April 21-22, 2018. Assisting professors and students with logistics and timelines.


Producer – Spring Salon Performances, Pratt Institute – Brooklyn, NY. March 2018

Curated and programed student projects, organized promotional material, set-up tech specifications, documented the event.


Producer – WOKE AMP (Art+Music+Presence) RADIO, Pratt, Sept 2016 – Present

I produce, curate and promote a weekly radio show on the WPIR, the radio station of Pratt Institute. There are weekly guests from the performance art, activist and academic community on the show. Replays of can be heard on the WOKE AMP Mixcloud channel


Founder/Promoter - Sacred Circularities – Bali, Indonesia & Sedona, AZ 2009- 2016

Created, promoted and programmed a dance and meditation retreat. Hired staff, organized excursions, managed talent for special retreat events, and created and researched content for year-round video programming on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram. Interfaced with vendors, hotel management and emergency medical staff. Guided group learning experiences, acted as retreat “space holder” and emotional support for 20+ participants per retreat. Light bookkeeping. Created and designed company website. Multi-tasked between retreat oversight and production, promotional tasks and human resources.

Projects (continued)

Director’s Liaison – New York Film Festival, September-October, 1996-1998

Acted as information support link between A-list directors and actors coming to the international festival and the NYFF curatorial selection committee. Provided administrative support for Film Society staff. Arranged airport pick-ups, hotels, per diems, and post-screening question and answer sessions.


Screening Director – Downtown Community Television Center, New York, 1992-95

Organized video screenings for non-profit media facility in Chinatown. Created and distributed publicity, curated weekly programming and three annual video festivals showcasing local and national artists. Liaisoned with queer filmmakers and community organizers to promote and highlight activist video production. Taught video to community-based activists and organizers.


Programming Director – ABC No Rio, New York City, 1991

Organized and publicized multi-media events for artist-run non-profit space in the Lower East Side. Located and promoted queer artists living in the Lower East Side. Organized screenings and interactive visual and performance art events.




Teaching Experience

Workshop Leader – Sacred Circularities Movement Meditation Retreat, 2010-2015

Organized and led a series of workshops on movement meditation in Bali, Indonesia and Sedona, Arizona for an international participants aged 18 – 40


Instructor – Out North Contemporary Art House, Anchorage, May – October, 2000

Taught video production and Final Cut Pro to young adults


Adjunct Professor - New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, 1998-99

Taught “Introduction to Video Art” including theory and production.


Instructor - Media Workshops, Dyke TV, 1995-2000

Taught aspiring television producers in camera and editing.

Instructor - Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Summer, 1998     

Taught character generator, studio, camera, and editing workshops.





WOKE Radio, WPIR Pratt Institue Radio, Pratt Institute, 2016 -  Current

New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Advisory Board, 1998-2000           

Selection Committee - New York Video Festival, Lincoln Center, 1999

Assistant Director - DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA, Summer, 1997

Screening Director - Downtown Community Television Center, 1992-95

Gender Playground, video screening, Art-In-General Gallery, NYC, 1995

My Return, Your Forward, video screening, The Knitting Factory, NYC, 1995

Television/Web/Special Projects

Videographer – Brave New Films – December 2009

Followed Afghan veterens on Capitol Hill as they lobbied against the continuation of the war in Afghanistan.


Videographer/Editor – Balispirit Festival of Yoga, Dance, and Music, March – June 2008

Shot and edited three promotional films for this yearly festival in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia


Director – LED Experiment shoot, Mannheim, Germany, November, 2007

Directed segment of an experimental project involving dancers, jugglers, poi-spinners, and LED lights.


Videographer/editor – Playpoi Studios, June 2007 – October 2009

Shot on location in Indonesia, Poland, Austria, and Switzerland. Edited tutorials for fire-spinner, Nick Woolsey. Acted as roving camera, capturing footage in a “reality TV” style format. Prepared tutorials for web broadcast on YouTube.


Videographer/editor – Webs and Ties Conference, Cortona, Italy, September 2007

Produced a trailer for the ETH Zurich Institute of Technology about a yearly conference on science and spirituality. Developed concept, conducted interviews, shot and edited two 10-minute trailers for the ETH.


Videographer/Editor – Boston Arts Academy, Boston Public Schools, March 2006

Created a trailer about Soul Element, a traveling theater ensemble consisting of young adult men of color whose work centers on empowering and educating high-school aged students in Boston, MA.

Producer - Dyke TV, New York City, June 1993 – May 2000

Segment producer for the volunteer-run activist public access television program. Coordinated fundraisers, acted as spokesperson on panels, helped develop nationwide distribution and community participation, strategized and implemented programming for the season, conducted outreach for new producers, made international connections for program screenings and segments, taught media workshops, produced Dyke TV media team for the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.



Selected Bibliography

Cercone, Katie. “Top Ten NYC Artists Now.” Art511 Magazine,


Hotchkiss, Sarah. “Black Visibility Is Just the Beginning in Exhibition of Early '90s Video Art.” KQED, 19 Apr. 2017,


Maria Zimmerman Brendel, “Picturing the Modern Amazon”, Espace Magazine, Fall, 2000


NYArts Magazine, January, 1999 (cover and centerfold project)


O.Donald Odita, “Non-Fiction: Artists in their own words”, aRude Magazine, number 8, 1997


Regina Woods, “The Gaze”, Flash Art, Summer, 1997


Larry Qualls, “Five Video Artists”, Performing Arts Journal #54, 1996


Dangerous Bedfellows, eds. “Going Public: A Conversation with Lidell Jackson and Jocelyn Taylor”, Policing Public Sex (South End Press, 1996)


Martha Schwendener, “Jocelyn Taylor, Alien at Rest”, Time Out New York Art Review, Iss.21


Yasmin Ramirez, “Jocelyn Taylor at Deitch Projects”, Art in America, April, 1996


Roberta Smith, “Naked in SoHo-Art in Review”, New York Times, February 16, 1996 

Photo by Geo Geller
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Artist Bio

Jaguar Mary is a performance artist, glossolalia vocalist, filmmaker and hoop dancer. Her specific concerns, and the directives that have driven her art practice, engage black feminist discourse, questions of history, and recently, ritual performance and practice in art. Jaguar Mary aka Jocelyn Taylor has shown and performed internationally, at the Johannesburg and Havana Biennials, the New Museum, Museum of Modern Art, KARST Gallery in the UK and Dietch Projects in New York. In 1989, she co-founded the historic Clit Club with Julie Tolentino.


Jaguar Mary has also collaborated with feminist artists Annie Sprinkle, Yvonne Rainer and Cheryl Dunye and others. Her essay, “Testimony of a Naked Woman” about being a black feminist sex-worker was included in Afrekete: An anthology of Black Lesbian Writing edited by Catherine McKinley and Joyce Delaney. Under the name Jocelyn Taylor, she was commissioned to make work for the Public Art Fund and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. She's also received grants from the Jerome Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.


She is an alum of the Whitney Independent Study Program and has an MFA in Film and Video from California Institute for the Arts. Jaguar Mary received a full scholarship from Pratt Institute and will complete an MFA in Performance and Performance Studies in May 2019. Jaguar Mary is based in the East Village, New York City and is an artist-in-residence at the Art/Life Institute in Kingston, NY until May, 2019. She will be performing in the first Bioculturealities Practical Symposium and Performance Festival at MARSH (Materializing & Activating Radical Social Habitus), in Carondelet, St. Louis, June 9-16, 2019.

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