Jean Blackwell Font

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jean Blackwell Font is the co-founder of Warehouse 4726, an arts marketer and administrator, and a mixed media artist in Miami, FL. A lifelong learner, she is currently pursuing an AA in Sociology with an intention of achieving a Masters in Social Practice. She is a jack of all trades and a master of none, learning from people she knows personally or from studying the lives, art, and work of those she admires. Influenced by artists Francis Picabia and Romare Bearden, Wangechi Mutu, and Joseph Cornell, the artist has developed a visual vocabulary to express ideas and concepts important to her through painting, collage and mixed media. Seth Godin is her guru and the source of most of her digital marketing education, along with trial and error that comes with 20 years of experience in the field.

ABOUT THE ART

Themes in her earlier work addressed the media-driven self images that are often hard, if not impossible, for women to live up to. Often using images of herself, along with personal friends and other "everyday women", Jean worked to reveal the diverse beauty, mystery and inherent power of simply being female. After the loss of her mother, Jean’s work has shifted to the void left behind when a loved one is gone. Through her newest autobiographical body of work, Family Myths, she reviews the events of her life, the few faded memories she possesses, and the stories about her life that she has learned from others. While the focus of work, done with found objects and assemblage, is different from her earlier collage works, the artist’s voice and vocabulary continue to evolve, exploring her experience of being female, and of simply being.

EXHIBITS AND SHOWS

Papel - Green Library at Florida International University, presented by FIU Special Collections and University Archives. Curated by Maria Patiño and Robert Fernandez; January 26 to March 1, 2019

Messengers - Hosted at Jane Harris Art, Miami, FL; September 2018

BRADICA - Presented by Belen Jesuit Preparatory School at the Ignacian Center for the Arts, Miami, FL; January 8 to February 12, 2018

The Fridge Art Fair: The Art Bagel Edition, Blue Moon Hotel on Miami Beach, FL; December 4 ‐ 10, 2017

400 Gallery ‐ Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator ‐ Miami Beach, FL; December 1, 2017 to February 18, 2018

Fridge Art Fair NYC #5, 50 Shades of Fridge – Art and Kink, Brooklyn, NY, May 3-6, 2017

Art in Our Belen Family, Belen Jesuit - Olga & Carlos Saladrigas Art Gallery, Miami, FL, January 2017

Places We Call Home, Art at St. Johns, Miami Beach, FL, April 2016

The Art of Community, The Betsy – South Beach, Miami Beach, FL, February 2012

The Marriage Project, The Mutiny Hotel, Coconut Grove, FL, 2010

Reflections of War, Miami Women's Club, Miami, Florida, 2008

Field/Day, The Field Miami Exhibit at 801 Space / Camposition, Miami FL March 2007

”Crash”, Eve Interrupted Magazine at Jakmel Gallery, February 2007

Flirt with Flavor, Creating Live and Silent Auction, Miami Beach FL, May 2006

GenArt Ignite! Miami, January 2006

Field/Day, The Field Miami Exhibit at the Miami Light Project, December 2005

HAC Debutante Ball–Bizarre Bazaar Fun(d)raiser, Miami Beach FL, Nov. 2005

First Frontier Collage Society’s 6th International Open Juried Exhibition, Sept. 12 to Nov. 4, 2005

Women and Culture Festival, Miami Beach, April 2005

Center for Emerging Artists in North Miami FL, 1997


CURATED SHOWS AND SOLO EXHIBITS

The Fridge Art Fair: The Art Bagel Edition, Blue Moon Hotel on Miami Beach, FL; December 4 ‐ 10, 2017 (Co-curator with Ignacio Font)

Solo Exhibit, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Miami Beach FL, March 2006

Solo Exhibit, Circa 28 and Public Magazine, Wynwood / Miami FL, February 2007

“A Girl and A Garden”, Artist Invitational developed and curated by the artist in cooperation with Arts at St Johns, Miami Beach FL, March 2007

Livin’ for the City, hosted by 1 st and 21 st Street Studios, Wynwood District, Miami FL August 2008

GRANTS

Awesome Foundation Grant, 2018 with Ignacio Font for Warehouse 4726

Dade Community Foundation, 2008

COMMITMENTS TO THE COMMUNITY

Florida Arts Educators Association Member, 2018

Board Member, Arts at St. Johns 2006-2008

Steering Committee Member, The Field Miami 2007-2008

Project Coordinator and Volunteer, Hands On Miami 2001-2008

Chair, Staff Parish Relations Committee, St. Johns on the Lake UMC 2005-2007


PRESS AND MEDIA

Art & Life with Jean Blackwell Font” Voyage MIA Online Magazine, 5/24/18

“No clapping please – this bunch wants critiques”, Weekend Section, Miami Herald, Friday 12/9/05

Miami New Times, March 9-15, 2006 - Interview regarding opening of solo exhibit, "Lost Goddess"

“Field Day - Dec. 10 at Miami Light Box”, BroadwayWorld.com by Beau Higgins

Artist Spotlight, Miami ArtZine, October 2006 by Mary Damiano

“A Girl and A Garden”, Miami Beach 411.com, 3/15/07

Arts at St. Johns is a New Arts Anchor in Miami Beach, Entertainment News and Views, August 2007

 

A Place to Call Home:

Soul of Miami Blog, July 2007

Miami ArtZine, Issue 45, 9/07

Miami New Times Blog, Friday 10/5/07

El Nuevo Herald, Thursday 10/4/07

“Healing Art”, Neighbor Section (cover story), The Miami Herald, Sunday October 7, 2007

 

Women and War:

Miami Herald, Metro Section, 3/19/08 

"Conscientious Subjectors, Reflect on war, not self-love"; Miami New Times, Night & Day, Mara Leventhal, March 6, 2008

 

Livin’ for the City:

“What the 5”, The Jim and Jade Show, my33 TV, Friday August 8, 2008

Spray-Paint Miami, Civic cred in the air for street artists.” Carlos Suarez de Jesus, Miami New

Times, Night and Day, August 7-August 13, 2008

Art Pick, Miami Herald, Fabiola Santiago, Friday August 8, 2008