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Rising Stars: Meet Jahkori Dopwell Hall

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jahkori Dopwell Hall. 

Hi Jahkori, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
My name is Jahkori Dopwell Hall. I have always dreamed of becoming a Professional Artist and owning and operating my own business. I never could have imagined the countless opportunities and experiences that made this dream into a reality. I’ve been creating art for as long as I can remember. As I got older, I elevated my art skills to a higher level. 

I am currently a senior studying illustration at the Ringling College of Art and Design. Ringling College of Art and Design has equipped me with valuable skills in Fine Arts, Writing, and Teaching. The artwork I create uses themes to empower and uplift the black community. I use various traditional art mediums including gouache, oil, and acrylic to create my pieces. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
One thing people may not know about me is that I was born with an eye condition known as Primary Congenital Glaucoma. Luckily, it was discovered at an early age, so it only slightly affects my left eye vision. Despite having this condition, I’ve still been able to defy the odds and accomplish what most would deem impossible. 

Some people told me my dream career wouldn’t be ideal with my eye condition, but I persevered with my choice to be an Artist and didn’t let anyone’s negativity stop me from doing what I enjoyed. My diagnosis had the potential to affect my life physically, personally, and professionally, but I didn’t let it stop me from believing in what I could achieve. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
While living in New York I’ve had my artwork displayed at several reputable locations such as Christie’s, Lincoln Center, as well as the High School of Art and Design while I was a student there. I was also commissioned by the Neuberger Berman firm to do a collaborative art piece. 

While living in Florida, I’ve had the opportunity to work as a private Art Instructor and Teaching Artist for various schools in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. I am constantly in demand and have had the opportunity to do commissioned and freelance work, including one exterior mural I recently completed for a building on Fruitville Road. 

As if all the success I’ve achieved thus far wasn’t enough, I also recently created my first self-owned and operated business “Jahko Designs LLC” at the beginning of 2022. My business has had over 200 sales of my very first art product, a Black History Year Calendar of my original poetry and illustrations. Just this week, my black historical art piece titled “Mrs. Black Moses” was chosen to be displayed in the “2022 Visions in Black” exhibition in Sarasota, FL. 

Upon graduating college, I plan to attend the University of Florida to obtain my Master of Arts degree in Art Education and plan to also pursue my doctorate degree. I have so many high hopes, dreams, and plans for my future. I believe that everything I’ve been through in my life has laid the foundation for my success. As an African American, I am proud to honor my ancestors through my artwork and everything I achieve. 

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I enjoy fantasy novels and educational content that relates to the black experience. Both of these themes always find a way into my work. 

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1 Comment

  1. Marcia A Yetman

    February 15, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Jahkori..I am so proud of you! Love your passion and focus. Continue to dream big! I have pictures of you in Pre-k with that patch on your eye. A memorial stone of God’s goodness.

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