Jay is from Morganton, North Carolina. He received his BFA in printmaking from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008. In 2014, he received his MFA at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Print and Narrative Forms. His work in handmade paper, prints, and sculpture has been exhibited nationally. Jay joins SCAP after five years of working at Penland School of Craft as the Print, Letterpress, Books, and Paper coordinator.