Columbus Cap-UP

The Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project (CAP-UP) is a series of installation window displays by area artists. The project is a partnership between the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID).

Capital Magnetism by Adam Brouillette



Upon graduating from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2002, many of my friends and fellow graduates left for the promise of other art cities. I was given the following advice: “The grass is always greener on the other side, you can choose to leave, or water your lawn". Since that point, I've listened strongly to the second half of that statement. Working as an artist in Columbus, along with other artists, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts, I've come to recognize just how great it is to live in Columbus. Now, with everyone working together and solid leadership from people who lead this city, I'm watching a reverse effect from my graduation predicament. As we show off our greatness during our Bicentennial celebration, it is become evident that Columbus should no longer focus on retaining talent (we have already decided to stay and water the lawn), but instead focus on getting people to move to these greener pastures. Our charisma and our ability to make things happen, our openness and our intelligence, make Columbus one of the most attractive cities to live in across the country. I hope that my work for this CAP-UP project reflects the enthusiasm of celebrating our ability to attract and maintain new talents.

Artist Bio

Born in Chicago, raised in Cleveland, residing in Columbus, Adam Brouillette is a Midwesterner through and through. The suburban environment he grew up in shaped his influences. He left for college with a desire to draw comic books. The more he learned about the process the more he wanted to tell his own stories in a different way. Since then he has been dedicated to using this passion for telling stories to create paintings and installations. He has worked as a commercial artist, as an arts organizer throughout the Columbus area, and is the owner of a creative branding company that works with small businesses. Brouillette has been a member of Ohio Art League for 14 years and served on the Board of Trustees for 8 years.