This category honors a local geek creating fantastic, powerful art that draws attention to the local community in a unique, geek-tastic way.
Maybe you create art out of massive wheatpastes or paint beautiful murals. Whatever art you’re creating, this is a category to send it in to.
During the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Philadelphia, Kyle Cassidy photographed librarians in an attempt to shed stereotypes of what librarians look like. The result? The most popular photo essay Slate has ever published and a traveling exhibit / documentary narrated by Neil Gaiman, fully funded on Kickstarter. A beautifully photographed project, Cassidy’s project brought attention to libraries and librarians all over. You can read the Slate article and view his photographs, here.
The charming, witty, and playful work of Kid Hazo surprises and delights Philadelphians whenever it appears. Real-looking street signs that are actually warnings against vampire squirrels or reserved parking for Ghostbusters; gigantic faux Philadelphia Parking Authority tickets on top of cars; playful satire on Visit Philadelphia’s With Love campaign. Hazo is everywhere, making us smile and brightening up Philadelphia’s streets in unexpected ways.
A Philadelphia muralist and teacher who works with the city’s Mural Arts program, Benjamin Volta’s art blends together a serious love of art and science. His piece with Mural Arts’ LEAP program, We Are All Neurons, explored brain mapping with a bright, beautiful public art display, created with local students.