News // July 25, 2016

JXTA Class of 2016: Meet Rochelle Lund

BY: JXTA

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

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Full name: Rochelle Lund

JXTA Lab/Studio: Contemporary Art and Public Art

How did you first hear about JXTA?

I first heard about JXTA from my friend Namir Fearce who I met in a summer program. He told me about a place where he got paid to make art. And I thought, “oh I want to work there”. My mom and I searched it online and we figured out how to get me into the VALT program and by the next session I was in it.

How long have you been apart of JXTA?

I’ve been here since the fall of 2014.

What’s the best thing about your studio?

I am in the Contemporary Arts Lab. The best part is being able to develop my technical skills and conceptual skills to become a better artist. I’ve learned to articulate my ideas and talk about art in a way that’s intellectual and thought provoking.

Which JXTA experience are you most proud of?

I am most proud of applying to go on the New York trip and getting accepted. That was one of my best experiences.

What was your biggest challenge here?

My biggest challenge is stepping out of my comfort zone and being confident in my ideas.

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

You should join VALT because it’s free and they teach you how to draw. Then you can get hired and paid to make art. You will make a lot of connections and it can help you in the art world if art is something you want to pursue.

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

I am trying to get an internship and I am taking a gap year to work and build up my portfolio.

What has been your experience with North Mpls?

For the most part it’s been pretty good. I’ve heard a lot of bad things about it but there’s always people who help and have good intentions here. I don’t feel unsafe. I feel like I can walk around and get coffee and food and it’s chill. I try to remember that everyone’s a person at the end of the day.

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

A lot. I’ve become much more of an activist. I just didn’t know how to voice it and do anything about it before. Now I feel like I have the power to change things and I am inspired and motivated to do so. I have learned more about the rights of women, black people, and young people.

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

Cindy Sherman

In one sentence, describe your experience.

JXTA is probably the best thing that’s happened to me.

Read about another graduate!