Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Where are they now?

My interview with Erin McKenna, 2012 Grand Award Winner, Columbus College of Art and Design Graduate

θ = 0°, θ = 90° BY ERIN MCKENNA

What have you been up to since winning the Art Awards and graduating from CCAD?

I started a studio warehouse space, went to two residencies,
traveled in Europe alone for 3 weeks, have worked as a preparator at
Canzani Gallery and Wexner Center, and continue my own personal

What are your main influences in your art?

Hot tubs, the color pink, rocks, Beyonce, superstitions, and current events.

Can you give our young artists some tips on how to succeed as a working artist?

"TRY AGAIN, FAIL AGAIN, FAIL BETTER." This is a Samuel Beckett quote,
and I think of it in the most positive way.  It allows you to make bad
work, which is so necessary in order to make good work.  Fail better,
but also fail harder, because this means you have really put yourself
out there.

How did your education prepare you for, "the real world?"

Academia will only prep you for maybe 10% of the "real world."  Get a
credit card, understand how car insurance works, learn to cook, be the
designated driver for your friend on their birthday.

Do you have any other words of wisdom, stories or helpful tips?

- Do something that makes you nervous or uncomfortable as often as you
can.  Not just within your practice, but life in general.  Go on road
trip alone, do stand up comedy if it terrifies you, or move across the
- Be nice to everyone, always.  Always, always, always, because it is
your connections with people that will get you the farthest in life.
Not just the owner of a gallery you like, but the gas station
attendant, too.
- Go to as many events as you can - art events, birthday parties,
screenings, performances, protests, or picnics.
- Look a person in the eye when you "cheers" with them.
- Print off the letter from Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse and post in your
studio forever. When you need a push, read it.

Be sure to check out Erin's website: http://cargocollective.com/erinmckenna

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery
Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on holidays and University breaks. For information call (614) 823-1792.

Aug. 24-Oct. 9, 2015
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 3, 4-7 p.m.; Artist Remarks begin at 5 p.m.
Circuitous Routes: The Dresden Series, 1998-2015
Artist: Nicholas Hill, Sabbatical Exhibition

In this sabbatical exhibition, Nicholas Hill's residencies and experiences in Dresden, Germany inform new work exhibited within the context of prints he has created over the past seventeen years.

Fisher Gallery
Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St., Westerville, OH 43081
Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Closed on holidays. For information call (614) 823-1792.

Aug. 24-Oct. 2, 2015
Reception: Friday, Sept.18, 4-7 p.m.
Narratives & Storytelling: Ohio Art League’s 2nd Annual Student Juried Exhibition
Juror: Jim Bowling, Associate Professor (Ceramics)

Featuring works by student-artists throughout Ohio, this exhibition explores narratives and storytelling as a means of communication for entertainment, enlightenment or documentation.

The Frank Museum of Art
39 S. Vine Street, Westerville, OH 43081
Museum hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday during the University’s academic year. Closed on holidays and University breaks. For information call (614) 818-9716.

Aug. 26-Oct. 9, 2015
Reception: Thursday, Sep. 24, 4-6 p.m.; Gallery Talk by Chilean Artist Isabel Cauas begins at 4:30 p.m.
Te Busco: Poetic and Visual Collaborations of Pablo Neruda, Nemesio Antúnez, and Roser Bru

Te Busco (I Look for You) presents collaborations between Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, Nobel Prize-winner for Literature in 1971; internationally recognized Chilean print and painting artists Nemesio Antúnez and Roser Bru; and renowned Chilean art workshop Taller 99.