ABOUT JOLYN GC
Jolyn GC is a modern and contemporary portrait artist, curator, and founder of a Seattle arts-based tech startup, Entarupt, Inc., who utilizes her gaze as a contemporary Black woman to integrate mixed media and technology highlighting and transforming the Black experience. She is the Arts Curator for The Union, a Black owned innovation hub and co-working space for people of African Descent in Seattle, Washington powered by Pan African Center for Empowerment, a nonprofit S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Art, and Media) organization. After leaving behind a career as a criminal prosecuting attorney, she rekindled her interest in art.
Her favorite thing to create are her mixed media collage portraits called Afro Jazz. Afro Jazz reflects the influences of the African Diaspora with its use of vibrant African textiles and Black identity.
Influenced by her legal background, Jolyn developed an arts and social justice program for teens called TEENERGY that teaches young leaders how to use their creative voice for social change.
Jolyn has participated in various festivals as well as both juried and non-juried exhibitions with the Onyx Fine Arts Collective, Festival Sundiata, C Art Gallery, and “Through the Eyes of Art,” an annual arts showcase at the Museum of Pop Culture. In her very first exhibition, she received the Onyx Fine Arts Collective People’s Choice Award in 2012, along with several awards for her pioneering vision of a more inclusive art world from the World Domination Summit Foundation, Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture CityArtist Award, and Artist Trust GAP Award in 2018.
Jolyn currently serves as a Washington State Arts Commissioner on the Executive Committee. Keep up with Jolyn GC socially on: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or join the mailing list for subscriber-only updates and other art happenings.
"I HAVE UNLIMITED PERMISSION SLIPS TO CREATE AS I SEE FIT."
Afro Jazz Fine Art is a mixed media portrait collage style created by Jolyn GC that is meant to showcase the beauty of the African Diaspora.
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