Staff & Artists

Jordan Hamilton

Contemporary Art and Public Murals Lab Lead

cred3BFA Graphic Design—Minneapolis College of Art & Design

about3Jordan Hamilton is a Minneapolis resident, an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and creative. His work practice is rooted in public art and community engagement. Jordan’s work ranges in medium from large-scale murals, live performance painting and education to sculpting, puppetry, and fashion. He has created and led a number of community mural projects, particularly in the Phillips and West Bank neighborhoods of Minneapolis.


Adrienne Doyle

Tactical Urbanism Lead and Development | JXTA Alum started w/JXTA: 2014

cred3JXTA Alum

Quote3“A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven.” – James Baldwin

about3Adrienne entered JXTA 2010 through the STEP Up job training program. Though she initially thought that a creative career would not take her far, Adrienne’s time since joining JXTA combines teaching, arts-based community organizing and publishing the zine Burn Something. But, all-in-all, it’s personal connections that inspire much of Adrienne’s work: “The majority of my work at JXTA requires conversations with apprentices and community members about the systems and processes that shape society. I enjoy witnessing our young people challenge, critique, and re-imagine the world as it is, and providing support and resources as they make moves to build it better.”


Samuel Babatunde Ero-Phillips

Environmental Design Lab Lead | started w/JXTA: 2007

Samuel Babatunde Ero-Phillipscred3B.S. Architecture – University of Minnesota | M.Arch – the University of Illinois | Fulbright Fellow, Nigeria

Quote3“Plan your work and work your plan.”

about3“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.


Niko Kubota-Armin

B.A. Sociology – Bowdoin College | M.Arch – University of Minnesota

cred3B.A. Sociology – Bowdoin College | M.Arch – University of Minnesota

Quote3“You are not a profession that has distinguished itself by your social and civic contributions to the cause of civil rights. You are most distinguished by your thunderous silence and your complete irrelevance.” -Whitney M. Young Jr., Keynote address at the 1968 American Institute of Architects National Convention

about3Niko Kubota is a public artist and designer focused on community engagement, with a passion for moving the field of architecture beyond its status in the above quote. His public art seeks out stories from community participants and uses novel techniques to share these stories through sculpture. At Juxtaposition, he teaches apprentices the tools of architecture and making so that they will be the creators of not just their careers, but also the neighborhoods they live in. As a designer at Cuningham Group Architecture, he works on public sector buildings and master planning. Niko brings a well-traveled design perspective from work and study in Tokyo, Maine, Denmark, and Haiti.

Jared Hanks

Outreach and Engagement | started w/JXTA: 2014

cred3B.S. in Youth Development & Education – University of MinnesotaJH Headshot

Quote3“Elegance is simplicity. Elegance is to get rid of all the superfluous things, and focus on the most beautiful one.” – Paulo Coelho

about3 As a mentor, writer, reader, and explorer, Jared funnels the energy of his combined experiences – working in Minneapolis Public Schools AVID program, creating an enrichment program for homeless youth and families which he continues to run, board president of a South Minneapolis housing co-op – into his current efforts in youth work. “JXTA allows me to combine my passion for youth development and education in my role,” he says, “while also tapping into my affinity for social enterprise and innovation.”

Office & Facilities | started w/JXTA: 2010

Justin Kirkeberg

cred3M.F.A. Acting and Directing – Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

Quote3“There are too many books I haven’t read, too many places I haven’t seen, too many memories I haven’t kept long enough.” – Irwin Shaw

about3Theater 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.

Tamala Lacy

Property Maintenance Manager  | started w/JXTA: 2014

cred3Certified Medical Assistant, Crime/Trauma Scene Clean up, Construction Worker and Drywall Finisher


Quote3“Stop asking God to do for you. Ask God what you can do for Him.” –Ike F. Nicholson, Sr. (Tamala’s father)

about3As owner and operator of her own commercial and residential cleaning company, Tamala, is an expert problem solver, especially when it comes to property maintenance. Tamala brings with her years of the kind of hands-on professional experience that is required to keep the JXTA campus safe, efficient and operational for the JXTA family. And like in an ideal family, Tamala suggests that the relationship has been mutually beneficial: “as a JXTA team member, I have learned more about the administrative side of the physical work that I have done for years.”


Kristen Murray

Tactical Urbanism & Community Engagement  | started w/JXTA: 2013

IMG_3268cred3Bachelors in Electrical Engineering – Rice University; Masters in Landscape Architecture with Public Policy – University of Minnesota

Quote3“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller

about3For Kristen, JXTA is a place where love of learning and love of art-making come together. Incorporating her backgrounds in youth development, urban design and program development into her role at JXTA, Kristen sees the intersection of design and entrepreneurship as a boost to a youth artist’s impact in their immediate environments. “It is a wonderful thing,” Kristen says, “to be a part of a team of young people, artists, designers and leaders who ask big questions and look at the world with a sense of possibility and a desire to create.”


Ben Peterson

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Graphic Design and Textile Studio Instructor| Started w/JXTA: 2015

cred3BFA Graphic Design—Minneapolis College of Art & Design

Quote3“Live free & be nice.” –personal mantra

about3Ben was referred to JXTA by other artists in the print and design community and, upon his first visit, knew he’d found a match. For Ben, JXTA is “an organization with a heartbeat; real people, all about coming up together.” He says that JXTA has helped him to stay grounded, reminding him that things can always get better. Ever the optimist, Ben brings to JXTA light-heartedness and a model work ethic for his students:  “I started learning how to screen print by volunteering at a print shop, doing the dirty work (taking out the trash, cleaning the toilet…sweeping, mopping) in order to have access to the facilities.” He keeps a daily sketch-booking ritual and, in order to remain flexible enough to maintain his freelance print and design work, the avid skateboarder keeps trying to do the splits!


Jonathan Herrera

Graphic Design and Textile Studio Instructor| Started w/JXTA: 2017

cred3BFA Graphic Design—Minneapolis College of Art & Design

about3Jonathan Herrera is a print-based studio artist and teaching artist from Chicago, IL. He has recently graduated and holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Through his studio practice and teaching philosophy, Herrera engages multiple facets of place-making and thinking in order to express ideas through concept building, process, and exploration of materials. He constantly works to create accessibility in both art and education by connecting his studio work, public work, and community engagement.


Drew Peterson

Visual Art Literacy Training | JXTA Alum – started teaching w/JXTA: 2010

cred3M.F.A. – School of the Art Institute of Chicago | BFA – University of Minnesota | Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellow, Yale Summer School of Music and Art Anderson Ranch Residency

Quote3“ There are no impossible dreams: there is just limited perception of what is possible.”

about3Drew 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.”


Leslie Barlow

Visual Art Literacy Training

cred3M.F.A. -Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN | BFA -University of Wisconsin–Stout

about3Leslie Barlow is a practicing artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN. Primarily an oil painter, Barlow’s current work employs the figure and narrative elements to explore complex social issues like race, multiculturalism, “otherness,” representation, and identity. She investigates these through the use of the personal; often creating works depicting family, friends, people in her community, and personal experiences, to reflect the subtle and not-so-subtle integrations of these ideas into individual lives and identities.


Bobby Rogers

Graphic Design Lab Lead

cred3B.F.A. -Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

about3Bobby Rogers is a visual artist and designer from Minnesota who graduated with a degree in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His work examines the essence of black identity and culture through various mediums such as photography and radiates diversity through collaboration. His images are vivid statements that capture the beauty and power of color that has often been overlooked and excluded in mainstream media.


Kenneth Rooker

Graphic Design Lab Lead | started w/JXTA: 2014

Kennethcred3Philadelphia University of the Arts | Art Director and Creative Strategist

Quote3“A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.” -Muhammad Ali

about3Kenneth joins JXTA with over a decade of experience working for Fortune 1000 companies in New York as well as smaller, locally owned businesses and nonprofits. He was lead to this current role by referral, and he maintains the guiding principles of instilling a sense of belief in the possibilities that life has to offer youth. “I love seeing young artists struggle, learn, and experience the joy of breakthroughs that come with creative growth.” In his down time, Kenneth is a competitive volleyball player, coach, and a huge classic and genre film enthusiast.


Melanie Stovall

Communications Manager | started w/JXTA: 2017

cred3Bachelors in Graphic Design, Art Institutes International Minnesota

Quote3“When things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.” – Neil Gaiman

about3Melanie came to JXTA with six years experience in art direction and design working in branding, print and interactive. She served on the Board for AIGA Minnesota as the Committee Chair and later the Associate Director of Sustainable Design. Through her board position, she helped implement annual programming using design to educate the community on environmental issues and train designers to integrate sustainable practices into their client work. “My favorite thing about design is its ability to influence change. Because designers understand messaging and target audiences, we can educate people on social issues in a way that resonates with them.”