News // July 25, 2016

JXTA CLASS OF 2016: Meet Namir Fearce


We’re celebrating seven apprentices who have accomplished High School graduation this year! #JXTAGraduates

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Full Name: Namir Fearce 

JXTA Lab/Studio: Public Art and Contemporary Art

How did you first hear about JXTA?

I first heard about JXTA by coming to the building with my mom and signing up to do a comics class when I was seven.

How long have you been apart of JXTA?

I’ve been involved with JXTA for six years now.

What’s the best thing about your studio?

I do Contemporary and Public Art. It allows room for exploration and gives you room to explore your voice and artistic practice.

Which JXTA experience are you most proud of?

I am mostly proud of the portfolio that I’ve built here and the projects that we’ve done over the summer in Public Art. My favorite is the work that we did with Jamel Shabazz.

What was your biggest challenge here?

My biggest challenge here has been staying inspired.

What advice would you give to a young person interested in JXTA?

Just come in and find out the information, get the cards, do the VALT class if your interested in art. Definitely come and do it!

You’re a high school graduate! Where do you want to go or do next?

I plan on going to school, college, at Columbia School of Fine Art in Chicago where I will be pursuing fine art.

What has been your experience with North Mpls?

My experience with North Minneapolis has been beautiful. Its been really good getting to know the community and the people and having a heart and love for it.

What greater social awareness have you gained while being at JXTA?

I had a lot of social awareness coming in but JXTA has taught me something about thinking twice and improving my critical thinking skills. Also, JXTA has taught me to think about how my art can speak to the times.

Which artist has influenced your work the most, or is just a personal favorite?

Kara Walker, David Hammons and Jamel Shabazz.

In one sentence, describe your experience.

JXTA has given me the tools to better find myself and better see the impact that I want to make on the world.

Read about another graduate!