Jean Blackwell Font is a mixed media artist living in Miami, FL. She is self-taught, learning from artists she knows personally or studying the life and art of those whose work she admires. Influenced by artists Francis Picabia and Romare Bearden, Wangechi Mutu, and Joseph Cornell, the artist uses a visual vocabulary she has developed to express ideas and concepts important to her through painting, collage and mixed media. Themes in her earlier work addressed the media-driven self images that are often hard, if not impossible, for women to live up to. Often using images of herself, along with personal friends and other "everyday women", Jean worked to reveal the diverse beauty, mystery and inherent power of simply being female.


After the loss of her mother, Jean’s work has shifted to the void left behind when a loved one is gone. Through her body of work, Family Myths, she addresses her own life, the few faded memories she possesses, and the stories about her own life that she has learned over time. While the focus of work, done with found objects and assemblage, is different from her earlier collage works, the artist’s voice and vocabulary continue to evolve, in exploring her experience of being female, and of simply being.


Using collage and mixed media, Jean Blackwell Font’s work addresses the media-driven self images that are often hard, if not impossible, for women to live up to. By taking examples from the works of Francis Picabia and Romare Bearden, the artist uses magazine images, articles, and photographs, she underlines the contradictory social and religious messages of innocence and socially acceptable behaviors as juxtaposed by unrelenting media images of sex and power.

As in works by more recent artists, such as Donald Baechler and Wangechi Mutu, the artist adds another layer to the already rich content of collage, by adding a very personal image in acrylic on top of the collage, using the depth of form and color to create a powerful statement of inherent, natural beauty. In the end, the artist hopes to bring greater awareness to these sometimes subliminal, sometimes obvious, messages of objectification. Often using images of herself, along with personal friends and other "everyday women", the artist hopes to reveal the diverse beauty, mystery and inherent power of simply being female. She reminds us that while we may close our eyes to the truth of our own inner strength and infinite potential, these qualities remain intact within ourselves, waiting to be remembered and realized.


Fridge Art Fair NYC #5, 50 Shades of Fridge – Art and Kink, Brooklyn, NY, May 3-6, 2017

Art in Our Belen Family, Belen Jesuit - Olga & Carlos Saladrigas Art Gallery, Miami, FL, January 2017

Places We Call Home, Art at St. Johns, Miami Beach, FL, April 2016

The Art of Community, The Betsy – South Beach, Miami Beach, FL, February 2012

The Marriage Project, The Mutiny Hotel, Coconut Grove, FL, 2010

Reflections of War, Miami Women's Club, Miami, Florida, 2008

Field/Day, The Field Miami Exhibit at 801 Space / Camposition, Miami FL March 2007

”Crash”, Eve Interrupted Magazine at Jakmel Gallery, February 2007

Flirt with Flavor, Creating Live and Silent Auction, Miami Beach FL, May 2006

GenArt Ignite! Miami, January 2006

Field/Day, The Field Miami Exhibit at the Miami Light Project, December 2005

HAC Debutante Ball–Bizarre Bazaar Fun(d)raiser, Miami Beach FL, Nov. 2005

First Frontier Collage Society’s 6th International Open Juried Exhibition, Sept. 12 to Nov. 4, 2005

Women and Culture Festival, Miami Beach, April 2005

Center for Emerging Artists in North Miami FL, 1997


Solo Exhibit, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Miami Beach FL, March 2006

Solo Exhibit, Circa 28 and Public Magazine, Wynwood District, Miami FL, February 2007

“A Girl and A Garden”, Artist Invitational developed and curated by the artist in cooperation with Arts at St Johns, Miami Beach FL, March 2007

Livin’ for the City, hosted by 1 st and 21 st Street Studios, Wynwood District, Miami FL August 2008


Dade Community Foundation, 2008


Board Member, Arts at St. Johns 2006-2008

Steering Committee Member, The Field Miami 2007-2008

Project Coordinator and Volunteer, Hands On Miami 2001-2008

Chair, Staff Parish Relations Committee, St. Johns on the Lake UMC 2005-2007

Press and Media

“No clapping please – this bunch wants critiques”, Weekend Section, Miami Herald, Friday 12/9/05

Miami New Times, March 9-15, 2006 - Interview regarding opening of solo exhibit, "Lost Goddess"

“Field Day - Dec. 10 at Miami's Light Box”, by Beau Higgins

Artist Spotlight, Miami ArtZine, October 2006 by Mary Damiano

“A Girl and A Garden”, Miami Beach, 3/15/07

Arts at St. Johns is a New Arts Anchor in Miami Beach, Entertainment News and Views, August 2007


A Place to Call Home:

Soul of Miami Blog, July 2007

Miami ArtZine, Issue 45, 9/07

Miami New Times Blog, Friday 10/5/07

El Nuevo Herald, Thursday 10/4/07

“Healing Art”, Neighbor Section (cover story), The Miami Herald, Sunday October 7, 2007


Women and War:

Miami Herald, Metro Section, 3/19/08 

"Conscientious Subjectors, Reflect on war, not self-love" Miami New Times, Night & Day, Mara

Leventhal, March 6, 2008

Livin’ for the City:

“What the 5”, The Jim and Jade Show, my33 TV, Friday August 8, 2008

“Spray-Paint Miami, Civic cred in the air for street artists.” Carlos Suarez de Jesus, Miami New

Times, Night and Day, August 7-August 13, 2008

Art Pick, Miami Herald, Fabiola Santiago, Friday August 8, 2008