International Exhibition, ‘Cartas de Cuba – Letters from Ohio’ Currently On Display
by Daric Gill
In an ongoing partnership with our dear artist friends in Cuba, Cartas de Cuba – Letters from Ohio is an international joint exhibit of work by Cuban and Ohio artists. This exhibition features original artwork created by artists in Cuba and Ohio that showcase freedom of expression, robust dialogue, and vibrant talent intersecting through different art mediums. The artwork in this multi-location exhibition can be currently seen at three Columbus galleries. In addition to the Columbus stops, Cartas de Cuba – Letters From Ohio will travel to venues in Cuba and New York City. My work can be currently seen at the Columbus Museum of Art along with many others starting August 4, 2022. Each gallery displays a different group of artists. You are encouraged to visit all venues to experience the entire body of work. There are 2 receptions; dates, and directions are listed below. Read on for more.
This piece is for a traveling exhibition to Cuba, New York City, & Ohio slated for 2021. The show, titled “Letters from Cuba, Letters from Ohio”, will showcase artists’ visual & written letters hailing from both locations. It is my pleasure to be among a group of excellent artists who have traveled to & taken part in an artist partnership with Cuba. I’m extremely proud of the friendships (both professional & personal) that this organization has been able to nurture. This piece represents a close communication with the friends I’ve made during my visits. You can see some of my inspirations in the gallery below.
If I’ve learned anything from my previous exhibitions in Cuba & the one-two punch of 2020’s global pandemic, it’s safe to say that the dates & locations will remain flexible until closer to the opening. When that time comes, I’ll be sure to let everyone know. The plan is to have simultaneous exhibitions in four Cuban cities in the spring of 2021, followed by a summer showing in Columbus, Ohio, before traveling to New York City in the fall. Keep an eye out for new information as it comes in!
My Art Relationship Grows Between Cuba & the Center of Science & Industry
by Daric Gill
Before the pandemic rocked the world, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) announced an exhibit called ‘¡Cuba!’, a bilingual collaboration with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Cuba. In conjunction with that exhibition was an invitation to a Community Art Challenge, where artists of all ages were asked to submit work that represented their family, traditions, home, and cultural similarities. I dropped off an oil painting to just weeks before the world saw a global lockdown. The work has been in the museum’s care, waiting the moment when they could responsibly open back up to the public. I’m pleased to announce that COSI is now open and my work, “Absolute: Plumb” is now on display in Heritage & History art gallery. I have several really interesting connections between both COSI and Cuba. Read onward to see what they are.
New “Columbus In Cuba” Documentary To Debut In Ohio Before Traveling To Film Festivals
by Daric Gill
It’s been my extreme privilege to have been included among a group of artists who traveled to Cuba on an artist exchange and again for an international exhibition. Last spring, we were invited to exhibit in the 13th Havana Biennial and ConnectArt in Havana and Matanzas. Among the group of artists were two Ohio filmmakers, Nikki and Matt Swift. Together they created a documentary film that will soon debut in Columbus before traveling to other film festivals.
Columbus in Cuba will make its debut with a free screening at Gateway Film Center on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m., followed by a free screening at the Columbus Museum of Art, in conjunction with (my undergrad alma mater) Columbus College of Art & Design, on Thursday, Jan. 16. with a reception at 5:30 p.m., a showing at 6 p.m., and a Q&A to follow. You can book tickets online for film at the CMA (click on their name above to go to their website).
There are so many people that helped make this journey possible. I’m thankful for all of them. Please join us in this celebration of inclusion.