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!
Awarded Visual Arts Fellowship, 2019 Exhibition At CMoA
by Daric Gill
It is my profound pleasure to announce that the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Museum of Art have chosen me as a recipient of the 2018 Visual Arts Fellowship! This is a particular honor, as as well as a generous fellowship award of $5000, the Columbus Museum of Art will feature the recipients in their annual Greater Columbus exhibition June 14 to Sept. 29, 2019.
As if that wasn’t amazing enough, the Visual Art Fellowship finalists and recipients are invited to apply for an Artist Exchange program, a two to three-month residency in Dresden, Germany. This is of course, based on a future selection process. But in any case, the idea is quite thrilling.
The 2018 Visual Arts Fellowships were juried in a blind review process by Lucy Mensah, Assistant Curator of Post-1950 Contemporary Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Jacob Proctor, a New York-based curator and writer; and Matthew Thompson, Director of Advisory at Art Agency Partners in Los Angeles. I’m joined by 3 other recipients: Cameron Granger, Jared Thorne, and Ryland Wharton. Congratulations to those artists as well!
"The Greater Columbus Arts Council and The Columbus Museum of Art encourage and support creativity and cultural development in the Columbus area. The Visual Arts Fellowship continues a partnership between the Arts Council and the Columbus Museum of Art that recognizes outstanding visual art practices within the community."
The Visual Arts Fellowship is a very distinguished award and I’m exceedingly grateful to be selected. I’d like to offer my most sincere gratitude to the Council, the CMoA, Lucy Mensah, Jacob Proctor, and Matthew Thompson for choosing my work out of the many others. Numerous family members, friends, professional partnerships, and art-enthusiasts have helped paved the way for any achievement that passes my way. You all have been a part of my journey and I find your love and encouragement a wealth beyond any others.
I am humbled by your support. Thank you!
Special Thanks to Greater Columbus Arts Council & The Columbus Museum Of Art!
Awarded Artist in the Community Supply Grant, Goes To Improving Sharable Content
by Daric Gill
This grant will go towards a more versatile time-lapse camera and accessories to be used towards the documentation and educational purposes of the solo exhibition and additionally throughout all of my future art-making.
For several years I’ve documented my process and shared it with the world. With a solo exhibition coming up in January, I’m in need of an upgrade in equipment. The $495 supply grant will purchase equipment for better documentation of my art-making process, personal reference, accessible educational examples, and more immersive storytelling. Keep an eye out for new process videos coming soon!
The Arts Council receives its funding primarily through the City of Columbus’ Hotel/Motel Bed tax. As Columbus encourages people into her city through interesting culture and attractions, a portion of the taxes garnered from the hospitality gets cycled back into that same rich culture. In this way, I’d like to thank the public most of all for your continued interest in Columbus and the arts.
To borrow a few sentences from the Broad & High website: [The show is] “an exciting and original weekly magazine show, developed by the award-winning production team of WOSU Public Media, explores the character and creativity of Columbus and beyond.”
I believe this whole heartedly and I’m tremendously honored to have been part of this lovely series.
A huge thank you goes out to producer Jackie Shafer, videographer Kenny Sato, and the entire team at WOSU-PBS Broad & High for putting on a thoughtful and enriching show. The entirety of this series seems to be aiming for an ever-increasing understanding of culture both locally and abroad. I’m truly grateful to be selected for such a feature.
What It’s Like Being Filmed For An Afternoon?
Since this video was posted, I’ve had several people ask me what it was like to be filmed while working. This is a question asked more from other artists than anyone else. As you can imagine, art-making can often be a fairly solitary occupation and so it comes as sort of a shock to the system for some that a person would be filming one’s every artistic move.
My honest answer:
Strangely, I was more nervous with anticipation during the month or so between filming and air date than I was during the actual art-shadowing. There’s a whole list of strategic planning and editing processes that the public never sees in preparations for a production like this. The episode I was featured in was slotted for a distant time that seemed ages away from the original filming date. Although I was entirely comfortable in front of the camera, I found myself itching like a kid before Christmas for the air date. I was restless to unwrap the goodies under the tree.
As a former teacher, I’ve grown accustomed to giving demos and speaking intensely about the theories of art making. It was an extra benefit that Kenny Sato (the man behind the camera) was calm and quite easy to talk to. Sato’s genuine interest in my work and pleasant demeanor made it possible for me to remain true to those previously learned teaching habits. He was comfortable which made me feel comfortable. A true professional.
Somewhere in the ethos there’s a saying that goes something like, “For every minute of air time, there’s an hour of recording”.
I’m not entirely sure how true this is in reality, but I can say that my interview lasted a fair amount of my afternoon. The camera followed me for several hours while I worked and I was surprised to find that after some time I actually became fairly oblivious to it. Again, I would say that Sato’s ‘fly on the wall’ approach aided in this comfortability. On minimal occasions he’d interject a question as I switched tasks or stopped recording to change memory cards. But for the most part, I brought my normal day’s worth of work and he let me do just that–work. It was sort of nice actually. Like having a quiet friend hang out with me while I was on the clock. Only I had just met him.
After filming my process for a while, we had an informal interview upstairs in an opened space. This was a little more like the TV interviews I’ve encountered before. Bright lights, cameras, sound booms, and cords-a-plenty pointed directly at me while I pretend they aren’t there. I always find this to be a pretty surreal experience. Immediately, I am reminded that I do that one thing with my hands too much. Next is usually a wave of forgetting how to breathe naturally. Then, a simultaneous amusement/bewilderment creeps in as I contemplate how one can think about breathing normally while giving an interview AND worrying about hand gestures… all while still not autonomously regulating one’s breathing. So, I gave up on multi-tasking brain faculties and settled into myself again. From there on out things sailed smoothly and I had a great time.
Again, it was a great experience. Thanks Jackie Shafer and Broad & High! Please navigate to their website or check out their broadcast on TV every Wed. night at 7:30p WOSU-PBS.