Live Stream! Sunset Salons: Public Art
This event has moved online!
When we say public art, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Flying Pigs? Fountain Square? Murals? Sculptures of Presidents on horses near the public library? Painted Crosswalks? Tune in for a virtual discussion on the what and why of Cincinnati’s whimsical, ephemeral, and historical public art. Our featured panel will share their thoughts on how public art is connecting people even as we are physically distancing, and the future of public art as we face changes in public places and funding for the arts.
- Brandon Hawkins, muralist and co-owner of Soul Palette
- Colleen Houston, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of Artworks Cincinnati
- Jenny Ustick, muralist and professor in the School of Art at the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning
- Lacey Haslam, Archive of Creative Culture
- Tom Tsuchiya, sculptor
- Panel facilitated by Margy Waller, Art on the Streets
5:50pm – Online stream opens
6:00pm – Featured panelist conversation begins
The Sunset Salons: Public Art Live Stream is free to attend. Please RSVP here to let us know you’re coming; a web link to join the live stream will be sent to you directly.
Many thanks to our generous sponsors:
Lite Bite Sponsors:
Drs. Patricia Klein and Reid Hartmann
Featured Panelists Bios
BRANDON “ILLZOTIC” HAWKINS
Brandon is a visual artist and instructor with over 20 years of experience. He has his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Arts & Sciences in African and African American Studies. Brandon also earned his certificate in Fine Arts from DAAP. Infusing his love for history and art, Brandon has created his own “Illzotic” technique for art and design. While fine tuning his craft, Brandon has found time to teach and mentor young artists at his church and neighboring communities. During the summer of 2009, he assembled a group of youth to paint a mural of the Church and the Holy Trinity. In the summer of 2010, Brandon was awarded the key to the city of Middletown for successfully completing a mural depicting a multicultural playground at a newly remodeled community center. In January 2016, Brandon and his wife launched their company Soul Palette, which is a unique mobile concept of customizable painting experiences. Brandon led Artworks apprentices as Project Manager to complete two projects in Avondale during the summer of 2018. “Avondale Heroes” and the “Go Vibrant” project at Flieschmann Gardens challenged Brandon to become a better artistand leader. In the fall of 2018 Brandon was hired as the Team Building Facilitator of Visionaries and Voices, an inclusive arts organization that provides creative, professional, and educational opportunities for artists with developmental disabilities. During the summer of 2019, Brandon acted as Lead Teaching Artist on the “A Song of Freedom” mural on Avondale’s Hirsch Center. Currently, Brandon is working as the Visual Arts Instructor at Elementz, an urban oasis of hope and a catalyst of change for Cincinnati’s inner-city youth. In 2019, Brandon was commissioned by the Cincinnati Arts Association to teach an after school mural design course at Western Hills High School. The success of the mural design course prompted Western Hills, Grad Cincinnati, and Mind-Peace to ask Brandon and Soul Palette to create an interactive mural in their newly renovated “Calming Room.” Most recently, Brandon has become a teaching artist with WordPlay and the Cincinnati Art Association’s Artist In Healing. Brandon’s ultimate mission and dream is to bless others with his talent for painting and arts.
Colleen is the CEO & Artistic Director of ArtWorks, the award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. Colleen’s mission in life is to help people discover their creative genius and connect with their communities through art. An ArtWorks youth apprentice alumna, she served as the organization’s chief programming officer before her appointment as CEO & Artistic Director, where she helped launch ArtWorks award-winning mural program producing nearly 200 public murals in 36 Cincinnati neighborhoods and seven nearby cities. Colleen serves on the Boards of Mini Microcinema, a nonprofit that provides free screenings of experimental film and media for all ages, and Wave Pool, an arts center in Camp Washington that catalyzes community-driven and artist-led projects for social impact. She has received a Legacy Next Generation Leader Award, has been a Cincinnati Business Courier C-Suite honoree, and is a graduate of EXCEL, a leadership development program. She earned a bachelor’s in Public and Social Art at Warren Wilson College. Colleen and her husband Andy, an elementary art teacher, are the parents of two wonderfully creative girls. She pushes her own creative practice of photography with occasional painting, sewing and quilting.
JENNY ROESEL USTICK
Jenny is Assistant Professor of Practice and Foundations Coordinator in the School of Art at DAAP. She holds an MFA from the same program and a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. A Cincinnati native, Ustick has become one of the most prominent muralists in the region, completing over 10 projects with ArtWorks and several independent projects that include commissions from the US Soccer Federation, 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati, 3 Points Urban Brewery, Tokyo Kitty, and La Ofrenda Tequila. Outside of Cincinnati, Ustick has created murals in New Mexico, Illinois, Kentucky, and Florida. Outside the US, she has painted murals in Argentina and Sicily, and continues to expand her reach. Ustick is also an interdisciplinary solo and collaborative studio artist with a practice based in drawing and painting, with expansions into multimedia textile and time-based installations. Ustick’s solo and collaborative works have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museum venues that include the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the Dayton Art Institute, the Cincinnati Art Museum, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, and Redline Contemporary in Denver, among others. She has participated in multiple international art fairs including ArtPrize in Michigan, Governors Island Art Fair in New York, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ustick is also a published critical art writer, contributing essays to The Cincinnati Anthology, and Still They Persist: Protest Art from the 2017 Women’s Marches. Ustick and her collaborators have been featured in American Quarterly, the Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, La Sicilia, and numerous local publications and broadcasts.
As Lead Organizer of Archive Project, Lacey generates social engagement projects rooted in participation, collaboration, and public exchange. Along with Sean Mullaney, she is also the co-founder of CampSITE Sculpture Park, a social sculpture park located in Camp Washington neighborhood of Cincinnati. Formerly, Haslam was the Founder and Director of BLOCK Gallery located in Oakland California, a site-responsive exhibition program taking place in alternative and public spaces. Haslam’s projects have been featured in KQED Arts, Bad At Sports, East Bay Express and SFArts Monthly. Her writing has been published on SFMOMA’s Open Space–Collection Rotation. Haslam holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from University of North Carolina at Asheville. She is an adjunct professor focusing on Sculpture at DAAP at the University of Cincinnati and works with the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Currently Haslam resides in Camp Washington with her husband JC and two cats, Nico and Eris.
Tom is best known for creating public sculptures including the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York and the statues of Cincinnati Reds players at Great American Ball Park. Since 2010, Tom has been recognized for his social-themed public art including Biola University’s Spirit of Christ, a functional sculpture that helps feed those in need in Los Angeles. Currently, Tom is collaborating with Gina Erardi on a life-size bronze of Marian Spencer for Smale Park.
Margy is founder and Serendipity Director for Art on the Streets, senior fellow at Topos Partnership, and was a leader in the transformation of ArtsWave, an arts advocacy and support non-profit. She serves as advisor to the national Creative Placemaking Partners and other intermediaries like Americans for the Arts, PolicyLink, and LISC. Previously she was Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, with a joint appointment in the Economic Studies and Metropolitan Policy programs. Prior to Brookings, she was Senior Advisor on domestic policy at the White House.