Gabriel Gonzalez was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and moved to Cleveland, Ohio at age 3 where he grew up in the W. 25th Street and Clark area neighborhood. He attended Cleveland School of the Arts. Following graduation, Gabriel exhibited his photography in many galleries throughout Cleveland. In 2002 he became an Artist in Residence at Cleveland School of the Arts and honored as a gifted educator by the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards. Gabriel continued his education at Ohio University where he studied Art and Photography, and was voted president of the Hip-Hop Congress – a non-profit grassroots organization that helps join the community through the arts. After returning to Cleveland, he continued to educate at the Cleveland School of the Arts and in his community. In 2009 Gabriel received The Representative Marcia L. Fudge Distinguished Citizens Award, which recognizes those individuals who have made valuable contributions to the community through their profession. Most recently, Gabriel was commissioned to display a mural at Hilton Hotel Downtown Cleveland, and exhibited at MOCA with Arts Collective Acerbic. He is currently working on a body of work that explores his Puerto Rican roots, while capturing images of the spirit of his people. Gabriel returned to Puerto Rico in the r later, but also to reconnect with his homeland. In this search Gabriel explores how to reconcile preserving a sense of history and pride towards his Puerto Rican lineage, while maintaining a sense of place in his current American surroundings. Gabriel regards this work as crucial to representing Puerto Rico and preserving his cultural identity.
Jill Lackey is a graphic designer (https//jill.dunked.com) and artist at heart with many years experience in branding, marketing, and management. In 2014, she decided to leave her corporate life, and focus on freelance design full-time. Since then, she has been working with several clients on a variety of projects ranging from website development to painting murals, as well as commissioned drawings and paintings. Before starting “Grove Design + Marketing,” Jill spent six years as a founding member of a clean-tech start-up company called Tremont Electric, which developed and launched the nPower technology. Jill also has 13 years of design and marketing experience with an international, household electronics company where she developed and launched new products, including a disruptive technology that’s used to administer insulin to diabetic pets without a needle. Jill is the founder and original editor of Mode, a magazine for women in direct sales. Out of college, Jill had the opportunity to work with the art directors at Walt Disney in the design and development of Disney-licensed products. She has a B.A. with a major in Visual Communication and Design from Purdue University, and an M.S. in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Scott Radke is a Cleveland-based artist (http://www.scottradke.com) who works from his subconscious imagery. Specializing in mixed media sculpture and animal/human hybrid explorations, his work is highly influenced by his affinity for nature. Scott’s work can be found from London to Los Angeles in major art collections, and even making cameo appearances in such films as Walt Disney’s Academy award-winning Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton. Even if Scott prefers to bring his caterpillar people and bodiless, baby-cheeked creatures to life in suburban Cleveland nature preserves, he understands the desire to situate them in more shadowy worlds. After all, many of them were born there: Before discovering yoga and meditation, Scott displaced his anxiety and panic attacks by carving their faces. “I’ve always been told I was like Eeyore. I’ve had emotions and feelings I wanted to express and there was just no way I could do it with words. It comes out with what I do,” he says. These days, Scott lives with his daughter, their pet chickens and a lot more serenity — which he wants to pay forward to his soulful-eyed sculptures. “I’m pretty happy and content inside,” he says. “I wish I could write my own stories. I’d put them in something with a positive message.”