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  • When The Sun Comes Up: An Interview With Zach Thompson

    When The Sun Comes Up: An Interview With Zach Thompson

    When The Sun Comes Up: An Interview With Zach Thompson Photo by Leo Lovely. When Zach Thompson called me up in September and told me about the idea for his latest solo show, I knew it would be something special. Renting out an abandoned cathedral in Detroit to debut and showcase almost two years worth […]

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  • Heath Johnston’s New Direction

    Heath Johnston’s New Direction

    Heath Johnston’s New Direction Heath Johnston reached out to me about a new body of work he’s been hard at work on. He described these new works as commentary on “the state of America, the world, and human progress.” These new paintings have an added level of realism in comparison to his older works, and […]

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  • Reconnecting with Kate Kozul

    Reconnecting with Kate Kozul

    Reconnecting with Kate Kozul Kate Kozul, Melbourne-based artist, has evolved since the last time we interviewed her.  Her personal and artistic journey over the past three years have transformed her work and herself in ways she could not imagine. Kozul’s work feels more focused now. Her additional of three-dimensional objects has also added a fun […]

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  • Out of the Box with Heath Johnston

    Out of the Box with Heath Johnston

    Out of the Box With Heath Johnston Heath Johnston is a visual artist who doesn’t put himself in a box. The Fort Collins, Colorado-based artist says it’s important not to get stuck creating in one specific style. With that being said, Johnston also hopes to work in the publishing field one day, and brings up […]

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  • Cultures Intersect with Abby Oyesam

    Cultures Intersect with Abby Oyesam

    CULTURES INTERSECT WITH ABBY OYESAM Abby Oyesam is a visual artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. Her work is inspired by the cultures that she grew up around as a Nigerian American and “how they intersect.” Oyesam says that for now she is focused on learning, but hopes to make art a full-time commitment one […]

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  • READ: “What is Peace?” by Ladon Alex

    READ: “What is Peace?” by Ladon Alex

    READ: “What is Peace” by Ladon Alex Ladon Alex, shot by Dioni Rodriguez for Downtown 500. The following piece was written by artist Ladon Alex for Downtown 500. “What is peace? I don’t really know. At least, I couldn’t tell you. I could show you, though. Show you how my eyes glaze over when this […]

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  • Artist Sarahlaine Calva Helps Install Shepard Fairey’s New Civil Rights Mural

    Artist Sarahlaine Calva Helps Install Shepard Fairey’s New Civil Rights Mural

    Artist Sarahlaine Calva Helps Install Shepard Fairey’s New Civil Rights Mural Calva working on the mural’s application. Photograph by Joshua Steadman (@steadyfilm). Last week, visual artist Sarahlaine Calva, who we interviewed back in May, helped install a mural by Shepard Fairey in downtown Raleigh. Fairey, better known as OBEY GIANT, created the mural in response […]

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  • RED BULL ARTS LAUNCHES MICROGRANT PROGRAM, GIVING OUT $1,000 GRANTS

    RED BULL ARTS LAUNCHES MICROGRANT PROGRAM, GIVING OUT $1,000 GRANTS

    RED BULL ARTS LAUNCHES MICROGRANT PROGRAM, GIVING OUT $1,000 GRANTS Red Bull Arts is looking for artists to recieve grants for direct funding as a part of their expanded “Microgrant Program.” The program, which is usually exclusive to Detroit, has been expanded nationally “in response to the current socio-political climate” (Red Bull Arts). They will […]

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