Staff & Artists
Graphics Lab Studio Instructor | Started w/JXTA: 2011
Rudy Arnold doesn’t let the moss grow under his feet. He seeks out new experiences and looks for opportunities to interact with people from different walks of life. Working with the dedicated, talented young artists at JXTA he’s found an enduring source of inspiration. Rudy continues his own artistic practice and has developed his teaching chops at schools and museums throughout the metro.
Samuel Babatunde Ero-Phillips
Environmental Design Studio Instructor | started w/JXTA: 2007
BS Architecture – University of Minnesota | M.Arch – University of Illinois | Fulbright Fellow, Nigeria
“I love being an architect for many reasons but mainly because design is such a valuable tool to express solutions creatively,” says Sam Ero-Phillips. An architect and educator, he brings his passion for problem-solving to the Environmental Design Studio at Juxtaposition where he works with students on projects that connect directly to the surrounding community. When he’s not at Juxtaposition, you might just find him in Nigeria lecturing at the University of Lagos where he’s also working on a PhD in sustainable development.
Visual Art Literacy Training + Public Art Studio Instructor | started w/JXTA: 2008
What do building community and an artist’s studio practice have to do with one another? Ask Caroline Kent. At JXTA, she has found an environment where she can be an artist, an educator and an agent of change in her community. Recipient of a Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists, her arts activities extend across the Twin Cities with teaching appointments at St. Paul College and Bethel University, and directing the artist-driven exhibition space, The Bindery Projects.
Office + Facilities Manager | started w/JXTA: 2010
MFA Acting and Directing – Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
Theater is Justin Kirkeberg’s first love; a passion that has afforded him opportunities to work throughout the United States and internationally. On returning to the Twin Cities following periods of living in New Orleans, New York, and Chicago, Justin wanted to find a way to make a living and make a difference in the community where he grew up. He felt a natural affinity with JXTA and has been playing a role in advancing the organization’s work with his diverse organizational support skills ever since.
Youth Engagement Coordinator | started w/JXTA: 2013
13+ years of experience working with Minneapolis-based community organizations | founding member of S.P.E.A.C. (Sustainable Progress through Engaging Active Citizens) community organizing and neighborhood leadership training.
Shelley Martin is passionate about building community. Attending community events even tops her list of extra-curriculars. “I am excited to learn from and build more community inside of the arts,” says Martin. “Juxtaposition Arts is a great place to do that.” A longtime admirer of the organization’s community-focused work, Martin brings more than a decade of experience in managing and developing youth programs, community organizing, and education to Juxtaposition in the role of youth engagement coordinator.
Program Manager | started w/JXTA: 2011
A traveler who has touched down on four continents, Betsy has seen a lot. And she especially likes what she sees in her work at JXTA: vitality, energy, talent, dedication, community. She spends her days helping teaching artists and staff plan programs; her contribution to the creative process. Outside of JXTA, her life brims over from parenting a creative, charismatic 6-year-old to planting sunflowers, catching fireflies, making mosaics, and sitting by the fire.
Visual Art Literacy Training instructor | JXTA Alum – started teaching w/JXTA: 2010
Drew Peterson began working with Juxtaposition Arts as a 16 year old participant in a summer mural project! He says that summer experience had a tremendous impact on his decision to become a working artist. In thinking about his work today as both a practicing artist and teaching artist Drew says, “What I enjoy most about my work at JXTA is seeing young people make their own discoveries and gain a sense of understanding and accomplishment. Engaging with young people and the JXTA community helps me escape the individualist mentality that a studio practice can develop. Its meaningful. It feeds my soul.”
Screenprint Textile Lab Instructor | started w/JXTA: 2011
Educator, artist, Girl Scout (yes, Girl Scout!). Lindsay Splichal embraces her role teaching young people how to make art and think like artists. Working at JXTA has reinforced her belief that making art can change lives and confirmed that empowering youth through arts training is her destiny. When not making art, Lindsay is most likely talking about it or experiencing it.
Gallery & Contemporary Arts Director| started w/JXTA: 2004
“A work […] generates its own discourse. At a minimum, if affects its own discourse, At a maximum, within artistic practice, it demands the receiver to take a critical position within the material world.” -Michael Asher
A practicing artist with an arts residency and gallery shows to his credit, one of the things Nate Young likes most about his work is the passion and motivation he observes in the young people he meets at JXTA. He’s motivated by the fact that he’s able to provide high-quality arts education to youth who are committed and engaged. In addition to his work at JXTA, Nate runs The Bindery Project artist space and plays a pretty mean game of ping pong.