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Local Artist Spotlight

Some have called Columbus the Indie Art Capital of the World. Whether or not you agree with that tagline, you have to admit that we are a city home to an amazing array of artists and creatives. Our monthly “Local Artist Spotlight” highlights some of our most talented and interesting artists.

Local Artist Spotlight: Lisa Suárez

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Artist Spotlight: Lisa Suárez

Lacquer Gallery owner Lisa Suárez’s “support your local girl gang” motto is a call to her anti-mean girl mentality. Since Suárez was in kindergarten, she’s wanted to open a salon or work in the beauty industry. But, over the years she has felt what it’s like to be uncomfortable in certain types of salons. It […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Marc Thomas

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Artist Spotlight: Marc Thomas

Marc Thomas’ work is a celebration of life. Formerly a self-described “angry artist,” critiques and foresight led him toward a more positive subject matter. “All of my stuff was politically charged and controversial,” he says. “Everything that’s going on now, back in ’92, ’93, the same stuff was going on then.” Today, he says he no […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Phil Adams

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Artist Spotlight: Phil Adams

What some people consider street photography has grown into something bigger for Phil Adams. A self-taught photographer and Columbus City Schools music teacher, Adams only returned to photography in the last decade. He says in the last two years especially, his approach to photography has become more of a “spiritual practice,” along the lines of a premeditated ritual. […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Julie Paulino

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Artist Spotlight: Julie Paulino

Interior designer and blogger Julie Paulino has a home that could make for a real-life Pinterest board. Dominican Republic-born and New York City raised, Paulino’s life and career have taken her across the world, and in early 2018, she settled into a quiet Dublin neighborhood with her husband and 9-year-old son. Paulino first moved to NYC […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Illustrator & Designer Christian Cimoroni

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Artist Spotlight: Illustrator & Designer Christian Cimoroni

Illustrator and designer Christian Cimoroni is keen on representation. He himself represents a host of identities as an LGBTQ artist and Columbus College of Art and Design alum, while his work sets out to give everyone a voice, or rather, an image. Cimoroni’s day job is at PrintSyndicate, a local t-shirt company where he designs trendy items […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Hakim Callwood

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Artist Spotlight: Hakim Callwood

Hakim Callwood is a visual artist whose work is imaginative and non-conformative. His work with varying mediums like acrylic paintings and graphics is inspired by everything from stand-up comedy to anime. He often does Afrofuturistic portraits and sci-fi imaginings of black men and women. And though media representation is an issue, he says his work isn’t purposefully […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Tiffany Christopher Focuses on Community and Culture

Anne Evans Anne Evans Local Artist Spotlight: Tiffany Christopher Focuses on Community and Culture

With the celebrations of Halloween and Día de los Muertos approaching, there is no better local artist to chat with than Tiffany Christopher of Memoire Arts. Christopher has a show of new work, Cuentos (Stories), tonight (October 13) at 400 West Rich in  the Northern Gallery. Viewing is from 6-10 p.m., or by private appointment […]

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