2023 ArtsGoggle Featured Artist
This year, ArtsGoggle is celebrating our 20th anniversary. As we looked back on two decades of accomplishment, creativity and community we knew exactly who should take the spotlight for this landmark year. Jackdaw embodies the spirit of ArtsGoggle in every way imaginable. From his immense creativity to his generous support of other artists, his evergreen presence as a community leader and his irreverent humor - Jackdaw is ArtsGoggle! Jackdaw has partnered with the festival for as long as we can remember, appearing as both a visual artist and a musician each year for more than a decade.
In addition, Jackdaw and his wife Shannon are staples at all of our Near Southside, events (hello, Friday on the Green!) I’m not sure we have ever attended an art show or community festival without bumping into this power couple of the arts. Often, Jackdaw’s impressive folk-oriented linocut artworks are on display at those exhibitions as well as hanging proudly in the homes of art collectors across the southwest. Jack’s irreverent humor and careful craftsmanship have graced the posters, album covers, and merchandise of some of the state’s most noteworthy bands, too.
Busy as ever, Jackdaw also curates and organizes a recurring art market at Liberty Lounge FW, the Liberty Lowdown, on a monthly basis. He can slap a bass better than anyone we know (check out Crooked Bones if you don’t know them) and has taken the stage of every music venue in a tri-state area.More than anything, Jackdaw is all around talented, humble, and friendly guy representing true spirit of the Near Southside. His professionalism and dedication are undeniable. Jackdaw has given so much to our community that it is an honor to turn the spotlight on him for the 2023 ArtsGoggle by showcasing his artwork on this years shirts, signage, and marketing materials! Give the dude a follow.