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Johnetta Queen

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Illustration

Class of 2013

Scholarship Recipient Profile: Dreaming Big

“Sometimes I feel as though I need to draw more than I need to breathe. My fervor is grounded in the belief that the more I learn, the more I can do. Knowledge is power, but the application of that knowledge is potent beyond measure.” 

Hearst Fund Scholarship Recipient

Johnetta Queen '13 was just a freshman at the Suitland Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Maryland when she fell in love with MICA. After attending the College’s Pre-College program, she knew that MICA was where she wanted to enhance her talent—a place, according to Queen, with an “unmatched spirit of excellence and ingenuity.” To help her reach her goals, she was awarded the Hearst Fund Scholarship, created in recognition of support from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The Foundation is committed to providing educational opportunities to deserving students from all backgrounds.

Queen has been fascinated by her own growth—from a child who simply loved to draw to an artist with a developed identity and vision. She doesn’t spend all of her time in the studio, however. She loves to interact with faculty members and other students in a creative environment where people are bound together by their common interests.

Queen is a member of the Spanish Club—learning new languages so she can communicate with even more people . She even participates in MICA’s Outer Space Club, where they are designing a rocket .

The BFA in Illustration she plans to earn in 2013 is just the first step for Queen. She wants to go on to get an MFA in Illustration and then a doctorate in Fine Arts. After that, she wants to both open a studio and establish a school for children who want to learn about art—like the child she once was. That’s fitting, because she wants to help people change their view about what is attainable. Her goal is to inspire people to dream big and to realize the omnipresence of art in their lives, from their homes’ architecture to T-shirt design.