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Billy Colbert: 5 Questions + 1 #FunFact

Billy Colbert is a working artist and new media art professor at Delaware State University, who coincidentally started the university's New Media major at the beginning of his tenure. As an artist, he has extensively shown works of various media throughout the country. And concerning subject matter, many of his works examine cognitive dissonance in popular culture and celebrate the unsung contributions of American culture.  
Colbert earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Frostburg State University in graphic design and his MFA from University of Delaware in Painting.  At the University of Delaware, Colbert was a Presidential Fellow.  In 1999, Colbert was awarded Best of Show and the Mixed Media Purchase Prize at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas -- part of an art competition juried by MacArthur Genius Award winner, the late John T. Scott of New Orleans.  


Aside from The African American Museum in Dallas, Texas, Colbert's work is featured in many public and private c…

Successful Failures and Successes: A quick reflection on NSM 2018

SOooo, this post was started on August 10th. Wow. It's currently the day before December and it's just posting. There's always been a bit of the good pain associated with Northside Summer Market and 2018 was no different. "Life" was just happening at high speeds this time around.

After months of reflection, it seems the best plan is to continue with some of the transitions that took place this year — the new locations and a much more creatively engaged neighborhood were both successes. As I texted one of our supporters the day after, I believe we've finally figured this thing out.

That said, we owe a number of apologies. The brewery was still awaiting occupancy and we didn't have central location vendors sign contracts, so when black clouds and heavy winds arrived, there was no real way to stop the panic that (somewhat understandably) ensued after the first three or four tents packed up their fragile work. 

Prior to this year, we had never experienced or …