Essence Harden is a Ph.D. Candidate, independent curator, writer, and artist. Essence has curated exhibitions at Charlie James Gallery, California African American Museum (CAAM), Antenna Gallery (New Orleans), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), The Los Angeles LGBT Center's Advocate and Gochis Galleries, and Residency Art Gallery (2019). Their writing has appeared in Leste Magazine, Performa Magazine, SFAQ: International Arts and Culture, Everyday Feminism, Palmss Magazine, and Acres.
Essence graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History from UC Berkeley in 2011. Essence received their Master of Arts from the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley in 2013 and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley.