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About Daric Gill Studios

Daric Gill - Interdisciplinary Artist Masters of Fine Arts University of Cincinnati Sculpture & Interdisciplinary Art Bachelors of Fine Arts Columbus College of Art & Design Sculpture & Painting b. 1982, USA. Nationally recognized fine artist and illustrator Daric Gill belongs to a movement in the arts that explores the development of several professional bodies of artwork by one artist. He has displayed his work across the US and has sold art on 3 continents and over 15 countries. His award winning oil paintings (The Absolutes Series) have been exhibited in such establishments as the John F. Peto Museum, NJ, the Edward Hopper House Museum, NY, and the George Billis Gallery, LA. He also has an internationally acclaimed line of illustrations called The ToeHeads that can be seen in the private collection of the Center of Science and Industry Museum, OH. In addition, his metal sculptures and portrait paintings have been exhibited along side the works of Warhol, Picasso, Calder, Lichtenstein, and the like. His interactive kinetic sculptures have been funded regionally and displayed in public parks as well as other urban spaces. Gill is a GCAC Supply Grant Award winner, juror for the 2015 Columbus Arts Festival, and former adjunct professor at the Columbus College of Art & Design.

Ginkgo leaves in the rain

Awarded 2019 Individual Excellence Award By Ohio Arts Council

Awarded 2019 Individual Excellence Award By Ohio Arts Council

by Daric Gill

“Absolute: Nostalgia”, Oil paint on reclaimed black walnut. 18 1/2” x 17 5/8”. 11.27.17

It is my great pleasure to announce that the Ohio Arts Council has chosen me as a FY 2019 recipient of the Individual Excellence Award in the field of 2-D visual art. I am so thankful for the support and I am exceptionally proud to be among those of whom have been given this honor.

Aimed at highlighting individual artistic achievement, Individual Excellence Awards recognize the exceptional merit of an Ohio artist’s past body of work and celebrate the creativity and imagination that exemplify the highest level of achievement in a particular artistic discipline.

These awards support artists’ growth and development and recognize their work in Ohio and beyond. Individual Excellence Awards are $5,000.

I am sincerely grateful for the numerous people who work tirelessly to put our creative future first. Their continued support makes it possible to pursue such a fulfilling career. Their efforts are not lost on me and I would like to personally thank those involved. You can find the official press release here.

“Absolute: Position”, Oil paint on reclaimed mahogany pie crust table top. 25 1/2” x 25 1/2”. 8.9.16.
“Absolute: Position”, Oil paint on reclaimed mahogany pie crust table top. 25 1/2” x 25 1/2”. 8.9.16.

How the selections were made: A panel of nationally recognized artists and arts professionals meet to evaluate and score applications in each Individual Excellence Awards discipline. At the panel meeting, panelists review materials from each artist and discuss how well each application satisfies the program’s evaluation criteria. Preliminary scoring rounds narrow the pool of applications. In later rounds, a more in-depth discussion takes place regarding the strongest remaining applications. After all the work has been reviewed, panelists make funding recommendations. The OAC Board reviews the recommendations and makes final funding decisions at a later date.

To those of whom made this possible– truly, thank you!


Lolo's Art Gallery. Matanza, Cuba

“ConnectArt”: Preparing For 13th Havana Biennial In Mantanzas, Cuba

“ConnectArt”: Preparing For 13th Havana Biennial In Mantanzas, Cuba

by Daric Gill

“Absolute: Frequency”: Oil on maple panel. 21 1/4” x 30 1/2”. 12.11.18.
“Absolute: Frequency”: Oil on maple panel. 21 1/4” x 30 1/2”. 12.11.18.

In December I announced that my latest painting and I will be traveling to Cuba this spring.  I happily dropped off my painting to be shipped a couple days ago. In a few short weeks, a group of extremely talented American artists and I will head back to Cuba for another spectacular artist exchange. This time, we will be part of something bigger! My artwork is currently slated to go to Lolo Art Gallery in Mantanzas, Cuba. It will be a part of “ConnectArt “, a juried international exhibition that is part of the 13th Havana Biennial (Bienal de la Habana 2019). If you’re not familiar with the Havana Biennial, it is a world-renowned celebration of contemporary and community art. For the first time, the Biennial and other satellite art exhibitions will spread to neighboring cities, like Matanzas.

Lolo's Art Gallery. Matanza, Cuba
My visit to Lolo’s Art Gallery. Matanza, Cuba

As with many international ventures, the final details have incubated and flexing for months. I am extremely proud to announce that there are two types of exhibitions happening in Havana and Matanzas:  the Havana Biennial which is being held in multiple city locations in Cuba and two special exhibitions for Ohio artist (one in Havana and one in Matanzas). My work is included as part of the special exhibitions.

Rachel Valdés, “Reality Project. Blue Cube,” presented in the 2015 edition of Detrás del Muro during the 12th Havana Biennial Courtesy Artpulse Magazine

This April, I will be heading back to my Cuban friends during one of the most exciting times to be there! Not only are the people and culture phenomenal, so too are the artists. All included Biennial cities will become thoroughly alive with artwork, spilling from the walls of galleries and museums, into the streets of each community artwork. I’m particularly excited to see the open-air art exhibition, Detrás del Muro (Behind the Wall), a collection of street installations by 71 artists. This year it extends to the Malecón, a beautiful broadway and seawall which stretches for 5 miles along the coast in Havana. You can read more about Detrás del Muro here.

[ Here’s a look into our last artist exchange to Cuba ]


Awarded Resource Grant For Interactive Winged Light Sculpture

Awarded Resource Grant For Winged Interactive Light Sculpture

by Daric Gill

I am very happy to announce that I’ve received an Artist Resource Grant by the Greater Columbus Arts Council for 2019. This grant will go towards my most ambitious project to date, an interactive light sculpture made from robotics and a 17 foot wide reclaimed airplane wing. The wing will proudly be on display in the annual Greater Columbus exhibition June 14 to Sept. 29, 2019 at the Columbus Museum of Art. The exhibition will feature works made by myself and other recent recipients of the prestigious Visual Arts Fellowship.


While my project isn’t exactly top-secret, I am trying to keep some of the surprises hush-hush… for now. Let’s just say it involves you, NASA, and some beautiful lights. Keep an eye out for updates as the work on this interactive piece progresses!

I am grateful for your support. Thank you!



Special Thanks to Greater Columbus Arts Council, The City of Columbus,  & The Columbus Museum Of Art!
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How To Apply To Art Shows: Tips For Entering Like A Pro

How To Apply To Art Shows:
Tips For Entering Like A Pro

by Daric Gill

“Absolute: Tie” at The Schumacher Gallery

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re looking to improve your current trajectory, a smooth path to entering art shows can really improve your results. It can often seem like a  daunting task, but when broken down into bite-sized chunks, it’s not too difficult. In this comprehensive article I’ll cover what you need, suggest tips for each stage of the process, and provide companion tutorials that will have you submitting like a pro. Read on for more.

What you need:

1. Good Photos of Current Art
2. Exhibition Opportunity
3. $0 - $$$ For Entry Fees
4. Read The Rules
5. Artist Bio And/Or Artist Statement (Maybe)

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