Author: Nicole Rupersburg

Liz Miller

Liz Miller creates installations that explore the beauty in devastation

Liz Miller is a Minnesota-based artist who describes herself thusly: “I’m an artist who is currently fascinated with weapons, invasive species, and pattern/ornament/decoration. My...


David Swirsky

David Swirsky has such Big Love for Akron, he's even leading an Intervention

David Swirsky is the Chapter Leader of the Akron League of Creative Interventionists, a global network that creates shared experiences in public space that break down social barriers and catalyze...


Lenka Clayton

Lenka Clayton, An Artist in Residence in Motherhood

Since 1860, in the afterglow of the Industrial Revolution and on the eve of the Civil War, the number of working mothers has risen 800 percent. For as long as women in contemporary Western society...


Scott Galloway

100 Words Film Festival is a democratizing film fest for the Twitter generation

In today’s 140-character cultural climate, it can be quite a challenge to hold an audience’s attention. The 100 Words Film Festival in Charlotte, which made its debut last November, is a...


Joi Sears

Joi Sears leads the Theatre for the Free People on the world's stage

Joi Sears is a lot of things; stationary isn’t one of them. She started out as a dancer, starting with the Cincinnati Ballet then moving on to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York...


Adam Buehler

Reach Studio reaches artists homeless and in transition, treating them as artists first

Art therapy is a well-established practice that uses the creative process to help improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. RedLine Denver, an “urban laboratory”...


Jonathan Harwell-Dye

Jonathan Harwell-Dye helps the Macon Arts Alliance get a seat at the table

Jonathan Harwell-Dye’s career in the arts didn’t start out in the most obvious way. The Director of Communications for the Macon Arts Alliance began as a science illustration major at the...


Rocio Cabello and Renny Molenaar

iMPeRFeCT Gallery celebrates artists with commitment and the collision of high and low art

The concept of “perfection” in the art world is almost impossible to attain, yet that doesn’t stop artists from trying or critics from criticizing. It was the rejection of this...


Sam White

Sam White makes the Bard's enduring themes on the human condition relevant to Detroiters

Shakespeare…in Detroit? Sam White not only thought it could happen, but also that it should. So, in 2012, she founded Shakespeare in Detroit. White – an actor, comedian, journalist, marketer,...


Pilar Agüero-Esparza

Pilar Agüero-Esparza is an artist, teacher, and mother who explores themes of labor and domesticity

It is natural for artists to continuously return back to recurring themes in their work throughout their career, and Pilar Agüero-Esparza is no exception. Agüero-Esparza is a visual artist based in...


Ariana Hernandez-Reguant and Ernesto Oroza

HICCUP creates positive disruption to bring visibility to Hialeah

The souvenir is as much a time-honored vacation tradition as is taking photos standing awkwardly next to world-renowned historic landmarks and tuning out the kids in the backseat as they continually...


Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands

TU Dance makes modern dance accessible to a diverse community in St. Paul

TU Dance, a professional dance company and dance education center located in St. Paul, was founded by Uri Sands and Toni Pierce-Sands in 2004. Initially called Space TU Embrace, the organization...


Erik Urycki

Erik Urycki of The Speedbumps bolsters Northeast Ohio's singer-songwriter community

Erik Urycki is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist with the Akron-based indie folk band The Speedbumps. That’s his “day job,” at least; when he’s not writing for, playing or...


Barbara Luderowski

The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh creates a world of immersive, interactive installation art

The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh is a museum dedicated to installation art. But to put it that succinctly doesn’t nearly do it justice. More fittingly, the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh is a...


Nathaniel Chaitkin

Bach and Boombox declassifies the classics, mixing the Beastie Boys with Beethoven

Nathaniel (“Nat”) Chaitkin grew up in the music world. Both of his parents were musicians and he grew up about a mile from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. “My...


Kirsten Stoltz

M12 Collective brings experiential art to the American High Plains

M12 is an artists’ collective based in Byers, Colorado, a rural town in the American High Plains. The work of the collective inhabits rural places, and explores the aesthetics of those rural...


Gayle Isa

Asian Arts Initiative shepherds community engagement and integration in Philly's Chinatown North

Gayle Isa started working at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia in 1993. This was in the aftermath of the infamous Rodney King verdict and the riots in Los Angeles that followed. Racial...


Charles Ladson

Charles Ladson is a painter who rediscovered his home in Macon

Like so many other artists, Charles Ladson had an interest in art and painting at an early age but didn’t think it was something he could pursue as a career. Ladson’s granddad and mom were...


Erik Howard

Erik Howard brings the corner and the community together in unlikely ways through The Alley Project

To read the abundance of news coverage coming out of Detroit over the last few years heralding the downtrodden city as a hotbed of creativity and innovation, attracting young creatives and start-up...


Nikiko Masumoto

Nikiko Masumoto cultivates connections between the art of food and farming and stories of place

Nikiko Masumoto is a farmer, and also an artist. Contrary what people might assume about these two different aspects of her life, they are not at odds with each other. In fact, each one informs the...


John Haywood

John Haywood re-paints the narrative of what it means to be Appalachian and to be an artist

John Haywood grew up in the Appalachian region of southeastern Kentucky with dreams of becoming a rock star. But mountain folk don’t become rock stars. Mountain folk don’t even go to...


Thomas Armour Youth Ballet students

It takes a ballet company: Thomas Armour Youth Ballet teaches life skills along with dance

The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet (TAYB) was established over 60 years ago in 1951 by renowned classical ballet dancer, Thomas Armour. Originally called the Miami Ballet, the for-profit school and...


Joan Vorderbruggen

Joan Vorderbruggen is the one-woman powerhouse behind Minneapolis's Made Here

There’s really no better word that can be used to accurately describe Joan Vorderbruggen than “dynamic.” Vorderbruggen has a dynamic personality that she is able to use to lead...


Jonathan Sears

PAR Projects is building a home for arts education and programming in Cincinnati's Northside

Things don’t always work out the way you plan, but they do tend to work out the way they’re supposed to. Jonathan Sears is the co-founder of Professional Artistic Research (PAR) Projects,...


Beth Rutkowski

GroundWorks builds movement from the ground up

GroundWorks Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company founded in 1998 by Artistic Director David Shimotakahara. The company primarily splits its performance time between Akron and Cleveland with a...


Jessie Rommelt

Bunker Projects is an experimental gallery and live/work space for artists to engage the community

Artists Jessie Rommelt, Abagail Beddall, and Cecilia Ebitz all graduated from Penn State University in 2011. The three friends decided to head over to Pittsburgh afterwards, the closest city with an...


April Denée

April Denée is the mother of BUSK!

“Busking” refers to artists performing in public places for tips. Unfortunately, “busking” all too often gets mistaken for begging, and buskers are treated by the police and...


Viviane Le Courtois

Viviane Le Courtois creates processes and Processus

Viviane Le Courtois is a Denver-based multi-media artist from Brittany, France. Her work ranges from etchings and drawings to video to interactive installation pieces that go outside of the studio and...


Andrew Simonet

Artists U teaches artists how to make a life

The hardest thing about making a life as an artist is actually making a life as an artist. That’s where Artists U comes in. Andrew Simonet is a choreographer and a writer who directed the...


Floco Torres

Floco Torres is a self-made man in Macon

What do you do on your lunch break? Rush out the office door to grab something from the nearest fast food joint or food truck you can find? Order take-out from a nearby restaurant to eat at your desk?...