Born and raised in the Washington D.C. area, Johnetta Queen has been receiving rigorous formal training in the field of Visual Arts for almost a decade now. After spending the first twelve years of her childhood drawing for hours each afternoon in her grandmother’s basement, Johnetta went on to gain acceptance into the prestigious Suitland Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Forestville, MD where she completed the International Baccalaureate program and graduated Egregia Cum Laude at the top 1% of her class. In addition to a list of other awards, Johnetta has received a citation from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for her academic and artistic achievements. In 2009, after receiving a number of scholarship awards totaling over $500,000 Johnetta received a full scholarship to one of the top private art schools in the nation: the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. At MICA she earned a place on the Dean’s List amongst a host of other honors. In 2011, Johnetta was chosen to participate in the Summer Intensive Study Abroad Program in São Tomé, West Africa. Though her love for lines is voracious and her appetite for color insatiable, Johnetta Queen considers herself a “thinker,” above all else. In May 2013, Johnetta graduated from MICA, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Literary Studies and is currently working as a freelance artist. Ever looking toward the future, Johnetta looks forward to attaining her Masters in Illustration Practice and her Doctor of Arts in Fine Arts.