Directors

Darren & Vedale Hill

Darren & Vedale Hill

Executive Director & Art Director

Darren Hill, Executive Director: Darren Hill, co-founder of Jazale’s Art Studio, is Vedale’s older brother. A 2005 graduate of South Division High School, Darren spent his adult life committed to community service and youth leadership. Darren attended UW-Madison to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering before transferring to UW-Milwaukee to study Educational Policy. Since high school, Darren’s mission has been to help educate and guide young people toward academic excellence and college. Recently, Darren has volunteered with City Year to provide insight and advice to local high school students.

Vedale Hill, Art Director: Vedale Hill was born and raised on Milwaukee’s east side in the Riverwest neighborhood. Growing up impoverished and constantly moving, he finally found stability through art. After graduating from the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, he earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Since 2007, Vedale has provided well-received art instruction at many schools and community centers in Milwaukee, including COA Youth and Family Centers, the Milwaukee Public Schools, Boys and Girls Club, Holton Youth Center and many more. His natural ability to connect and communicate with urban youth has helped him become a sought-after educator and has driven him to found Jazale’s Art Studio, where he can share his abilities on a larger scale.

Artists in Residence

Mikal Floyd-Pruitt

Mikal Floyd-Pruitt

Event Coordinator/Artist In Residence

Mikal Floyd-Pruitt, Event Coordinator/Artist-in-Residence: After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies Mikal returned home to Milwaukee where he has become a staple in the art and music community. He constantly produces events throughout the city and has performed and exhibited nationally.

Through his work as an artist, producer, musician, educator, organizer, event coordinator and place-making consultant, Mikal strives to create moments in Milwaukee that are inspiring, inviting, and challenging.

Sherman Pitts

Sherman Pitts

Artist In Residence

Sherman Pitts; Artist In Residence: Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. In 2009 he graduated from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BFA in Art Education. Sherman is very passionate about the delivery of art to youth and urban areas of the city.

Past Artists In Residence

Diego Heredia

Diego Heredia

Muralist/Community artist

Jeanette Arellano

Jeanette Arellano

Artist/Activist

Kevin Boatright

Kevin Boatright

Painter/Tattoo Artist

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2201 N Dr Martin Luther King Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212
vedale@jazalesartstudio.org
414-403-3000


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