We recently completed the mural across the street from us on Spring Grove Ave. in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati. It was a great partnership between Growing Trade Pet & Plant and Visionaries + Voices. The process was very collaborative with many artists and staff involved. The mural features artwork by Ruth Burton (vines), Curtis Davis (animals and insects), and Tyler Spohn (flowers). I was involved in the concept and design and V+V’s exhibition Director Geoffrey “Skip” Cullen lead the painting phase. He relied on his expertise in planning the project, getting the best paint, and managing the crew. We celebrated with a big party and ribbon cutting ceremony.
This event was organized by The Welcome Project, Wave Pool, and Cincinnati Compass. It was held at Cincinnati State and data for the infographic was provided by The New American Economy. Chefs who had immigrated from Zimbabwe, Cameroon, and Belarus cooked specialties from their countries. It was a great night with two wonderful cooking demonstrations and celebrations of the food and Cincinnati’s immigrants. I was thrilled to be the featured artist for this dinner. The dinner was the completion of a year’s worth of Cincinnati’s Table events that were held monthly throughout Cincinnati.
The project consisted of drawing portraits of the chefs. I had the opportunity to talk with them in person and take photos and work from those photos to illustrate their portraits. The infographic will be used as a 2-page spread in a book, and was included as a poster at the event. My goal was to illustrate the concepts while having the graphics portray the information correctly and clearly. The scope of the design project included designing an icon and flier design, prompt cards to get people talking at the event, and internal and external supporting signage.
The concept for the Illustration is the issue of unattainable home ownership for black Cincinnatians. The article written by Nick Swartsell, discusses discriminitory bank practices, redlining, and the false American dream. You can read it here
At Wave Pool Gallery
in the Camp Washington neighborhood of Cincinnati, OH
March 2—April 6, 2019
Start Over Tomorrow While There’s Still Time is an exhibition showcasing artists who embrace wit and absurdity through ink on paper as a way to better cope with everyday life. This group exhibition features quirky line work and unpredictable texts that inspire us, give us positive energy, and make us smile. I was honored to be shown alongside Macartney Greer, Kyle Knobel, Nathaniel Russel, and Evan Verrilli.