Benjamin Willis is a self-taught photographer aiming to show the richness and complexity of the inner fabric of Columbus folk. As an African American, Willis believes it’s imperative for him to tell the stories and show the perspective, imagination and creativity of his community. Willis’ work is currently featured in Lyrics for a New Century, […]
Benjamin Willis calls his forthcoming book The Home We Know a love letter. The monograph features the residents of Columbus in an introspective look that Willis centers on respect and integrity. After following his work on Instagram, independent publisher Soft Lightning Studio — ran by queer, non-binary photographer Julie Rae Powers — reached out to Willis […]
Everyone has the opportunity to document their lives in their own ways. On the eve of the release of her latest collection of work, I spoke with Columbus-based poet Maggie Smith. We discussed how she writes, how the publishing industry works, the inspirations for her work, and why she chooses to stay in Columbus.
Columbus College of Art & Design’s 100-foot tall steel ART sign has become synonymous with Columbus itself, a symbol of the Columbus arts scene used in everything from city marketing to student photo-ops. This summer the art sign — which is technically a sculpture — celebrates 20 years as an enduring image of Columbus and a […]
Lance Johnson is a Bronx-born mixed-media artist who recently relocated to Columbus. He uses his work as a vehicle for urban development and a celebration of the diversity of the urban landscape. Lance will be live painting at BAM Thursdays on July 22 at the Columbus Museum of Art. We chatted with Lance about his […]
Abercrombie & Fitch has launched a collaboration with Columbus artist Francesca Miller as part of its For Justice, For Joy collection. Abercrombie launched For Justice, For Joy in February, with designs created with members of the company’s BIPOC Associate Resource Group. The resulting collection produced gender-neutral products with an emphasis on racial justice. In December, Abercrombie reached […]
Wild Goose Creative opens its Franklinton space, 188 McDowell St., on Friday, July 9, with the opening reception of “halfway there,” featuring artists Dana Lynn Harper and Lucie Shearer. Lydia Simon, executive director of Wild Goose, has said the new space allows for more foot traffic during gallery nights and gives the creative organization more […]