It may not be along Hollywood Boulevard, but Columbus has its own Walk of Fame, the five-year-old brainchild of the Lincoln Theatre created to celebrate artists native to Columbus for their exceptional work.
This year, the Walk of Fame adds two more names to its list of honorees: artist Aminah Robinson, internationally-renowned for her sculpture, drawings and RagGonNons (an Aminah-created term meaning complex art that requires years for completion); and photographer Kojo Kamau, whose works have seen the shores of the Ivory Coast and the Bahamas, and have received numerous awards.
But it’s not just their works that secure them a prized slot on the Walk of Fame. In fact, it has just as much to do with their connections and contributions to the city. Robinson, once an art teacher in the community, now showcases her works in local art museums — Hammond Harkins is her home base and she’s featured currently in the Columbus Museum of Art — and makes cameo appearances around town, said Suzan Bradford, General Manager of Lincoln Theatre.
Kamau is equally connected; his background includes providing medical photography for Ohio State and his images of the city are so well-known that he’s become the go-to guy for all pics Columbus, Bradford said. Kamau continually features his works in the Columbus area and actively works as a photographer for Columbus College of Art and Design.
Both honorees’ subject matter is community-based, with Kamau including photos of Columbus’ great jazz musicians, and Robinson’s work focusing on her immediate Columbus community and family. It’s this highly personalized nature that not only inspired the Walk of Fame’s creation, but what keeps it going.
“It’s about international and national recognition, but also passion, commitment and dedication to Columbus, and to capture the history of our wonderful city,” Bradford said. “And it’s our duty to make sure we’re preserving it, and celebrating those who have helped create that history through the arts.”