Jason Patrick Jenkins and Michela Mansuino: Creating Art, Changing Lives

Studio Incamminati artists are not only creating meaningful art but using it to change lives.
For proof, look no further than fourth-year students Jason Patrick Jenkins and Michela Mansuino.

Jason was a finalist in the Still Life category in the prestigious 12th International ARC Salon. That is no small feat. One of the premier competitions for contemporary realist artists, the contest drew more than 3,000 entries from 640 artists in 63 countries. Canadian-born Jason, who's won numerous awards and already been profiled by Fine Art Connoisseur and International Artist magazines, sees art as much more than a few moments of viewing pleasure.

"In art, I see something very spiritual," he says. ". . . I think art has the power to help us navigate in the often ambiguous spaces of life, from establishing and maintaining a moral and ethical compass, to maintaining our emotional and spiritual health as individuals and as a community."

Michela, sees art as a means to help young people understand culture and history. The Arts Council of Fairfax County, VA, agrees enough to sponsor her residency, "Cultural Landscape: Past Present and Future," challenges middle school students in her hometown of Great Falls to consider the cultural landscape of the United States, from an historical and personal perspective. Born in Brazil to Italian parents, Michela draws on experience living and working in diverse cultures to inform her instruction of young people in classical drawing and painting.

"I want to explore the possibilities of creating a sense of place that is distinctly American and unites us as a culture."

See Jason's work at www.jasonpatrickjenkins.com

See Michela's work at www.mansuino.com