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Jesse Murry was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1948 and raised in White Plains, NY. He studied philosophy and art at Sarah Lawrence College. He moved to SoHo in 1979, living at 431 Broome Street. He immersed himself in the art world of the time and wrote criticism and essays for Arts Magazine and other publications. He curated Reverend Howard Finster at the New Museum in 1982. He participated in panel discussions, gave lectures, and taught art history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. All the while, he painted. At the age of 36 he was accepted into the MFA program at Yale. Not long after graduating he began to exhibit with Sharpe Gallery in the East Village. Jesse Murry died in January of 1993.