Best Artist

Dana Depew

Since closing his legendary Tremont gallery, Asterisk, in 2010, Cleveland's renaissance man Dana Depew has only deepened his impact on the local community. With an increased focus on his own work, Depew has become one of the most prolific artists in the region today. His diverse portfolio includes virtually every medium and material imaginable — often "upcycling" obsolete commercial materials. Depew is a recent recipient of a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship. His work can be seen all over town, including permanently at 78th Street Studios and various Melt Bar & Grilled locations. Still a curator at heart, Depew organized a pop-up group exhibition as part of last summer's FireFish Festival in downtown Lorain.