Janelle Vaughn Dowell is a Chicago based educator, media artist, and entrepreneur whose work emphasizes the need for rest and respite. Dowell previously worked as a civilian director within the department of research and development at the Chicago Police Department before channeling her activism toward artistic pursuits. Her visual work is inspired by historically black vacation resorts of the 20th century. Her experimental film, 30 Minutes Before Sunrise, has been selected to be screened at the 2017 Moving Pictures Festival in Antwerpen, Belgium and Los Angeles Cinefest. She is an inaugural awardee of the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund and an MFA graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media. Dowell works for the City College of Chicago as a Visual Communications Lecturer at Kennedy King College and is the Creative Director for Wondrous Magazine in Victoria Island, Lagos-Nigeria.