Age: 21 Hometown: Hong Kong Education: Mostly self-taught; studio practice learned at CCAD Years shooting: 7.5 Inspiration: The individual whose work inspired me so much to start shooting beauty, was (and still is) Jenn Collins (@jenncollins). I did not even realize ‘beauty’ was a viable niche of photography until I stumbled upon her work a [...]
Education: Mostly self-taught; studio practice learned at CCAD
Years shooting: 7.5
Inspiration: The individual whose work inspired me so much to start shooting beauty, was (and still is) Jenn Collins (@jenncollins). I did not even realize ‘beauty’ was a viable niche of photography until I stumbled upon her work a year ago, and I have been completely hooked ever since. I am also heavily influenced by my cultural upbringing. Hong Kong is a beautifully diverse city and I had the privilege of growing up surrounded by a melting pot of cultures.
In 10 years I’d love to be shooting campaigns internationally for well-known beauty and fashion magazines, and regularly engaging in philanthropic endeavors regarding social economic welfare.
Kate Morgan began developing her
ghostly, layered two-dimensional portraits after going back to school
at the Columbus College of Art & Design in 2005. She already had
some background in visual arts through her work in fashion and
commercial photography, so the transition to drawing and painting was
Morgan’s textured collages are
inspired by folklore, mythology and a variety of artistic periods —
especially Byzantine art. The 2011 Columbus Arts Festival Emerging
Artist alum and 2019 exhibiting artist welcomes a wide array of
complex themes into her pieces — including symbolic, cultural,
historical and spiritual themes — while utilizing layers of vintage
paper and original drawings to create visual depth and a sense of
Her pieces are purposely vague, leaning
toward more minimalistic ideas to allow for wider interpretation by
audiences. Largely her art depicts the female form, with as many
layers and stories to tell as that of every human being. This is done
with an eclectic assortment of materials — including sheet music,
German Biblical pages, newspaper and maps — to add detail in both a
topical and textural sense.
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And yet, Morgan still continues to look
for a challenge. From venturing away from her familiar blue hues to
exploring different mediums like ceramics, her work knows no creative
Morgan has exhibited at the Columbus
Arts Festival nearly every year since 2011. She has gone on to win
two jurors’ choice awards in the 2D category at the Columbus Arts
Festival, as well as sell and have work juried at other major
festivals across the country. In Columbus, her work can be seen as
part of the Columbus Makes Art and Donatos Pizza collaborative mural
“Every Piece Is Important” at the John Glenn Columbus
Morgan has a BFA from CCAD and
currently works out of her Franklinton studio in Columbus. Experience
this stunning work first hand when you visit her at booth M572 on the
Main Street Bridge during the Columbus Arts Festival from June 7-9 at
the downtown riverfront.
If you haven’t visited the thriving arts community at 400 West Rich street in awhile, you might be surprised to see how much things have changed. Now, the minds behind the city’s hub for the arts are changing things up to better reflect the area’s evolution.
400 Square is the new collective moniker for the array of concepts that currently occupy the buildings on the 400 block of Rich street in Franklinton. The rebrand seeks to unify the community of artistic innovators who call the area developed by Urban Smart Growth their creative home.
Spaces encompassed in the rebrand include Strongwater, The Vanderelli Room, and Chromedge Studios, and of course, the studios at 400 W. Rich. While the name may be changing, the group remains committed to providing and sustaining a thriving hub for creatives through education, resources, and entertainment opportunities in the area.
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With the launch of 400 Square, Urban Smart Growth Director of Operations Seth Stout has led his team to develop new offerings for each of the growing spaces. Food and Beverage Director Lauren Conrath and Events Director Molly Blundred have taken the lead with changes to the Strongwater brand, while Community Director Stephanie McGlone and Art Director AJ Vanderelli are facilitating programming for all ages and abilities on the artist side.
Through all of the changes on the way, the staff at 400 Square are committed to bringing the public the same high quality of workshops, events, exhibitions, and more that have always been part of their unique creative community.
Stay tuned for more info—the new 400 Square officially rolls out during the weekend of Columbus Arts Fest 2019, June 7-9.
As a young up-and-coming band, Cousin Simple is excited to play at this year’s Columbus Art’s Festival. In their two years as a band, they have already done a lot of really cool things, such as making a single with L.A. multi-platinum music producer David Kershenbaum, playing at Vans Warped Tour at Blossom Music Center, and selling out shows at the A&R Bar, the Basement and The Big Room Bar. But there is much more they want to accomplish including recording more music, making a music video and playing more shows in and out of Columbus.
The band members are all Columbus born and raised. Four members currently attend The Ohio State University, while their drummer Joel is finishing up his junior year at New Albany high School. Cousin Simple brings an energy and passion to the stage and gives everything they have to their performances, regardless of the crowd size. They just released a new single in February called Honeybee, available on iTunes and Spotify and have a single set to release May 10 titled “Star Destroyers.”
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Columbus is a great city for musicians. Whether you’re in the indie, rock, or hip hop scene, there are other musicians and music industry people willing to help you out. Columbus also takes a great sense of pride in its “local gems.” People love to see musicians who are doing well in their hometown and are willing to support them in many ways.
There are so many organizations that have taken this to heart and are helping bands get great opportunities. CD102.5, WCBE 90.5, PromoWest Productions and the Columbus Music Commission have helped Cousin Simple get airtime, shows and support. When it comes to music cities, Columbus may not be the first place that comes to mind, but there are so many bands and musicians doing exciting things it’s making the future bright for them and the Columbus music scene.
Simple recognizes that none of this would be possible without the
support of their family, friends and FANS that come to each and every
show. They are humbled and motivated by their audiences who energize
them to make every performance an experience their fans won’t
Cousin Simple will perform on the Big Local Music Stage on Rich Street on Friday night, June 7 at 7:45 p.m.