UPDATE: We had a great conversation talking with four Fort Worth creatives for State of the Arts Fort Worth. They talked about what they are up to, how they like making spaces for others, what makes Fort Worth so great, and where to find a good cup of coffee. If you missed it, you can watch the archived live stream of the November 11th conversation here.
On Thursday, November 11, KERA’s Art&Seek and the Kimbell Art Museum will present “Fort Worth, Follow Me: The City’s Cultural Influencers,” a virtual State of the Arts discussion.
Four of Fort Worth’s tastemakers and trendsetters will gather to discuss how public figures hold power to affect change in the community. Join us for a powerful conversation on the impact of social influence in the ever-evolving cultural landscape.
Art&Seek Reporter Miguel Perez hosts the conversation. Here’s more about our guests:
Green is known for his work in bridging the gap between the social scene and the art community. With a history in interior and furniture design, events, catering and wine and spirits, Green is considered a jack of all trades in arts and entertainment. His “cultural cache” of trades eventually garnered attention and led to the development of the YouTube channel, “Hello, I’m Tony Green.” Equal parts talk show and “follow along with me”-style videos, Green’s channel has been picked up by Visit Fort Worth, which has sent him everywhere from Austin to New York City to represent the Fort Worth community from a unique LGBTQ perspective.
Lamb is a sculptor and painter who blends aspects of whimsy, wit and sophistication to create diverse forms of art with the intention of delighting and challenging their viewer. Lamb was formally trained at Texas Christian University and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Her work has been featured in Harper’s Magazine, Texas Monthly and New American Painting. Notable works include designs for two 200-foot terrazzo floors at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, murals for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and her slice-of-life oil paintings “Social Spaces.” She resides in Fort Worth, Texas, where she is associated with and represented by Artspace 111.
Morris is a Fort Worth-based entrepreneur Jonathan Morris set out to create a fresh take on the barbershop experience in Fort Worth. In 2014, Fort Worth Barber Shop officially opened its doors and quickly became one of the city’s premier men’s grooming establishments. Morris is also the co-founder of Memo Hospitality Group, the developers of the recently opened Hotel Dryce, a 21-room craft hotel in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. His most recent entrepreneurial venture is to host the Magnolia Network’s “Self Employed.” In this docu-series, Morris travels the country to share the inspirational stories and new challenges of fellow small business owners and their journeys to building their dream jobs.
Matthew Miller, AKA Sunflowerman, is a fashion artist who was “born with a pencil in his hand.” After growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he set out to travel the world with a suitcase full of art supplies. Living in London, Milan, Paris and New York inspired him to revive the lost art of men’s fashion illustration with his own signature style. He takes his studio wherever he goes and can often be spotted at Fashion Week, international menswear industry events or a local coffee shop. Sunflowerman currently works with clients and collectors from around the globe through his illustration and watercolor paintings. His work can be found in private collections in London, Hong Kong, Dallas, New York, Switzerland, South Africa and around the world.