Artist: Phillip A. Solomonson

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

A B.A. graduate with honors from Columbia College Chicago’s Arts Entertainment Media Management Program, and over ten years experience in arts management complemented with over 15 years experience in digital production/project management. 

In his early years of digital media, he project managed a wide variety of print, web, CD-ROM, mobile and video projects for clients including Applebees, IBM, Illinois Bureau of Tourism, McMillian, Rand McNally, Sears, Roebuck & Co, SUPERVALUE, Worldwide Retail Exchange, The Wright Group, Kellogg and Metropolitan Tenants Organization.

In the arts, Solomonson has worked with artists in most capacities of production and management including booking/buying talent, serving on boards and committees, marketing, stage and video production, and he has produced hundreds of performing arts events. In his early career, he worked as a member of California Presenters, Manger of The Fontana Performing Arts Center; consultant to The Irvine Barkley Theater, The Riverside Arts Foundation, The Wignall Museum and The Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center. He performed both volunteer and contractual work at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival, was a production leader at Navy Pier’s Sculpture Object Functional Art Expo (SOFA) and the assistant director at The Sangamon State University Auditorium. 

He have developed a solid understanding of artists and their requirements. Solomonson’s projects have included co-producing several large-scale, interactive collaborative art projects at the Burning Man Festival, a live performance at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York and as a past board of director for a newly formed local arts organization: Bold Urban Renascence Network. More recently, he has participated with media teams at the Electric Forrest Festival, Rothbury Music Festival, and CHIditarod.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

From afro-pop legends, punk bands, to fire spinners and all the way back to rockstars; Philip A. Solomonson A.K.A. Philamønjarø has photographed over 1,500 live performances.  He has had the incredible privilege of connecting with others through his diverse repertoire of photography. Truly a driven photographer, he has spent years developing his signature style through intuitive composition and timely preparation. His talent has also allowed him to photograph incredible music legends from The Who to Beats Antique, Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Patti Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers to Robert Plant.

Phillip endeavors to inspire the divine creative spark in others, like so many other creative types that surround him, he must create art. Through fulfilling this purpose and his life-long passions working in and discovery of the performing arts, music, visual design, metaphysics, the humanities, history and media. When Phillip is using photography as his medium to express himself, he states "I am in this flow of ‘now’, the world is magic, limitless, timeless and awe-inspiring."

PREVIOUS published work:

International Puppetry Festival https://www.chicagopuppetfest.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-Festival-Report-web.pdf