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Artists Jean Blackwell Font + Iggy Font

Artists Jean Blackwell Font + Iggy Font

 

 





Introduction to Jean Blackwell Font + Iggy Font.  2:42 min.  Interview:  Raymond Elman + Robert Zuckerman.  Video Editing & Production:  Julio Mendez.  Music:  Julie Maxwell.  Recorded via Zoom:  9/20/2020, Miami.

 

IGNACIO FONT and JEAN BLACKWELL FONT are an artist couple operating Warehouse 4726, a studio space in Miami, Florida.

Iggy received his MFA from SVA and has been an educator for more than 20 years. Currently the director of Events & Programs at the Arts & Business Council of Miami, Jean has worked in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in Miami for more than 20 years.

Together as Font Squared, these community-minded, practicing artists bring a lifetime of combined experiences as creators, curators, arts administrators, marketers, and educators.

The videos below were recorded via Zoom, are organized by topic, and run between 90 seconds and 6 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION: 3:05 min.





Do you remember when you began to feel that art was important in your life?

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:   4:14 min.





Who are your role models and influencers?

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE:  1:40 min.





At the age of 16 there were a variety of directions you could have pursued. Was it a conscious choice to move toward a more sophisticated world, or merely serendipitous?

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  2:35 min.





You grew up in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States at a young age. How did those experiences impact your art?

 

SERENDIPITY:  1:30 min.





Iggy, you speak English without an accent. Was that a conscious decision?

 

EMPATHY:  1:26 min.





Iggy, where in Puerto Rico did you live?

 

RESILIENCE: 2:48 min.





When you came to the United States, how did the culture change influence you?

 

EMPATHY: 1:32 min.





Your work is very universal, and the way you grew up sounds like a universal experience. So it’s notable that you didn’t force a Puerto Rican theme on your work.

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  3:28 min.





Jean, please talk about your experience with ArtBurst?

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  1:34 min.





There is a long pattern of art communities blossoming, succumbing to greed, and being reborn in new locations. How can Miami break that cycle?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  5:24 min.





Describe a challenging situation you’ve faced with a successful outcome.

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  4:46 min.





Iggy, describe the evolution of your painting technique.

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  3:51 min.





Jean, talk about how your work and technique evolved.

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  4:55 min.





Why is it important for all students to experience arts education?

 

UNDERSTANDS ARTISTS’ NEEDS:  3:31 min.





Do you have any words of wisdom for young people pursuing a career in the arts?

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  4:11 min.





What new projects are you working on Jean?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  3:02 min.





What’s on your drawing board Iggy?