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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: Daric Gill

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Artist Spotlight: Daric Gill

Two decades ago, Daric Gill dated a girl over the summer from Urbana, a city near his hometown. He would go and see her on the weekends, but admittedly, Gill doesn’t think the girl was that into him. That was fine, though, because by the end of the summer Gill had become better friends with […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Mandi Caskey

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Artist Spotlight: Mandi Caskey

In April 2019, Mandi Caskey completed a six-story mural for Gravity titled “Day Dreams.” At 90 feet, the mural depicts a panorama of an enchanted forest, featuring butterflies, fish and a young woman with doe and buck deer heads encountering a creek. The mural would have taken Caskey four weeks to complete, but with construction, […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Erik Jon Slangerup

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Artist Spotlight: Erik Jon Slangerup

Erik Jon Slangerup has been writing children’s books as a side gig for nearly two years. His first book, “Dirty Boy,” came out in 2000. Since then he has published others, and more recently developed an app that has been nominated for a Webby Award. Slangerup first thought about developing an app a few years […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Women in Art

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Artist Spotlight: Women in Art

In honor of Women’s History Month coming to an end, the Local Artist Spotlight for March features not just one, but four women this month. They represent a variety of backgrounds — both in medium and identity — and learning about why they do what they do has been truly inspiriting. Armana Embaie is an […]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Ariel Peguero

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Artist Spotlight: Ariel Peguero

Ariel Peguero, a local by way of Boston, moved to Columbus in the mid-2000s. A CCAD alum, he says he was always interested in the arts. But when he got into computers, that became his medium of choice. In his last years at CCAD, Peguero worked on a thesis where augmented reality technology was introduced, […]

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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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