Big Brain Awards

Jon Jenkins: 2015 Big Brain Awards Finalist, Design

You submitted nominations for the best and brightest emerging Valley creatives, and the results are in. Presenting the 2015 Big Brain finalists.

Leading up to the announcement of winners at Artopia on May 9, Jackalope Ranch, Chow Bella, and Up on the Sun will introduce the finalists. Up today is Jon Jenkins.

"Phoenix is a secret," Jon Jenkins says as he sits in First Draft Book Bar, a pair of Phoenix Art Museum sunglasses hanging from his shirt pocket and the newest issue of Cereal magazine next to him on the table.

The 26-year-old filmmaker and photographer left his home state of Florida seven years ago to attend Scottsdale Community College's film school, known as one of the top programs in the nation, and got swept up in Phoenix's arts community.

"This place is sweet," Jenkins says. "This place lets you do whatever you want to do."

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Evie Carpenter is a visual journalist. Using photography, videography, design, and sometimes words, she tells stories she hopes make a bit of difference in the world, even if those stories are in list form and include GIFs.
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