Best Artist

Derek Hess

Readers' Choice

It's hard to argue with the legacy of local visual artist Derek Hess. For decades now, he's been a force on the local arts scene. A couple of years ago, Cleveland native Nick Cavalier tried to capture what makes Hess, who used to book hardcore bands and metal acts at the Euclid Tavern, so special: His stark sketches are instantly recognizable, whether they're drawings of the human form or illustrations for a rock concert poster or album cover. His work currently resides in the permanent collection of the Rock Hall, the Grammy Museum and the Louvre in Paris.