Artist Narrative Bio- DJ Schmitt
DJ Schmitt is an emerging artist whose work is powerful and healing. “Art is my dream life. This project will be peaceful and prosperous,” DJ says of his work. He uses his experiences and emotions to tap into the untouchable hopes and fears of life. This revelation of himself shows courage and endurance in the midst of adversity and distraction. DJ has partnered with Jewell in the past on smaller projects, but this is his first full scale installation.
About the Justice Fleet
The Justice Fleet is a mobile network of experiences that foster community healing through art, play, and dialogue. Housed inside of box trucks, each mobile exhibit ventures into various neighborhoods to engage community members in discussions about implicit and explicit bias, social justice, and empathy. The first exhibit in production engages community members in a dialogue about Radical Forgiveness—the profound notion that we don’t have to live with fear, pain, hostility, or injustice because we have control over the way we perceive, understand, and act. Radical Imagination invites the community to come together to imagine new systems and build a world without injustice. Radical Forgiveness and Radical Imagination are fluid and deliberate processes that allows us to heal the wounds from injustice. Additional exhibits include Transfuturism and Black Girl Magic.
Artist Narrative Bio- S Jewell S McGhee
The Artwork of S. Jewell S. McGhee is diverse and engaging. As a “Community Artist” her work is influenced by the community it is meant for. Her murals and canvas paintings depict emotion and space. Having a background in theatre, she creates large and life-sized 3D pieces in mediums ranging from fabric, to recycled objects, to painted murals. Recent collaborations with the Justice Fleet brought her art to the Pulitzer in “Dwell with Other Futures” and the UN with Angel Band Project and “Aria Rising.” As a recipient of a Regional Arts Commission Support Grant, she installed 4 pieces at St. Louis Language Immersion Schools. S. Jewell S. McGhee has a permanent rotating installation at Crossroads in Maplewood; a permanent collection held by Fidelity Counseling in St. Louis; was the Lead Designer on the rotating interactive installation “Aria Rising” from the Angel Band Project, and featured artist and presenter for “Turbulence Behind Tranquility.” She is accomplished in colored pencil drawings known for being so fluid and rich they have the impression of being painted.