Jen White-Johnson is a disabled and Neurodivergent Afro-Latina, art activist and design educator whose visual work aims to uplift disability justice narratives in design. Jen uses visual art to explore the intersection of content and caregiving, emphasizing redesigning ableist visual culture. Her creative practice shines best when she can infuse design justice, disability justice, and art activism to center Afro-Latine and Neurodivergent creativity, care work, and joy as essential acts of resistance. Jen lives with Graves disease and ADHD, her heart-centered and electric approach to disability advocacy bolsters these movements with invaluable currencies: influential, dynamic art and media that all at once educates, bridges divergent worlds, and builds a future that mirrors her Autistic son’s experience.
Jen has presented her work and collaborated with a number of brands and art spaces such as Twitter, Target, and Apple. Her photo and design work has been featured in The Washington Post, AfroPunk, Art in America, Curating Access: Disability Art Activism and Creative Accommodation and is permanently archived at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and most recently acquired by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2020 she was an honoree on Diversability’s D-30 Disability Impact List. In 2021 she was listed as one of 20 Latino Artists to watch on Today.com Jen has an MFA in Graphic Design from The Maryland Institute College of Art. Jen lives in Baltimore with her husband Kevin and 10-year-old son Knox.