Awarded 2019 Individual Excellence Award By Ohio Arts Council
by Daric Gill
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.
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!
“ConnectArt”: Preparing For 13th Havana Biennial In Mantanzas, Cuba
by Daric Gill
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.
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.
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 Murohere.
[ Here’s a look into our last artist exchange to Cuba ]
“Absolute: Frequency” — A Painting Of Life’s Ups & Downs
by Daric Gill
My latest painting, Absolute: Frequency combines layer upon layer of opposing forces into one conversation. It depicts the oscillations in our lives: fortunate blessings and frustrating blights, life and death, ups ands downs, and seasonal changes. I’m exploring the relationships between how we feel change measured from the position of maximum equilibrium. Each element of this work slides between an amplitude of opposites.
This is a special piece that is packed full of meaning and opportunity. Next year, it will find its way to another country as part of an international exhibition! Read on below for a visual breakdown, process video, image gallery, and what travel adventures are in store.