It was only a short time ago in the city’s history that the Short North emerged as the arts district of Columbus. It’s hard to imagine a young greenhorn arts district anymore, as it’s now a premier destination for visitors and locals to view and purchase unique and local art. It took the hard work and collaboration of an artistic community to make the Short North what it is today. As the city turns 200, I wondered who will be leading the artistic community into the future. Meet Adam Brouillette.
Adam is a classically-trained printmaker who is passionate about his art and developing the arts community. He is a founding member of the Couchfire Collective , whose mission is to “provide artists and art patrons with diverse opportunities to make connections and become active participants in the local arts scene.” He also works closely with the Greater Columbus Arts Council participating in discussions on how to support the art community in Columbus and manages the Junctionview studio.
Adam’s art is funny, fantastical, and human. “I like seeing the world around me and making up reactions to it,” he says “I guess I think of what I do much like Norman Rockwell. Obviously, the images aren’t like his...but I’m using a modern, familiar form of visual communication to convey ideas.” Surely you’ve seen Adam’s art in Columbus, as he has done numerous installations around town. Here is one he did this past fall in the Short North.
Adam has chosen to make Columbus his artistic home. “You can make what you want of the arts here,” he says “the things you do now, help build a city that has a desire for its own history.” Adam was given advice from a friend/advisor of his “The grass is always greener on the other side. You can go there or you can stay and water your lawn.” Adam’s work as an arts organizer “are ways of watering the lawn,” he continues, “If you want to live in a great arts community, then I need to do my part to make it great. Not just me, but all of us.”
Encountering Adam’s work and other artists’ installations and murals is one of the great treasures of visiting Columbus and the Short North. They are reminders to the community and visitors that Columbus has a bustling, booming, and youthful art scene.