Jon Keppel was born in Akron, Ohio and has traveled the Western world reflecting deeply on the art of our time. He holds a BFA in Sound Art from The Ohio State University and is a member of the Artists of Rubber City in Akron. As an artist, musician and writer, Jon has activated spaces both real and virtual across Ohio and around the world over the course of his 37 plus years on this planet. From busking in France and Spain to exhibiting experimental video as a part of the Wexner Center’s programming in Columbus, Ohio, Jon has continually evolved with the technology and ideas present in our world. For Jon, art is at least a life long journey and is something to be cherished as a quality of being human. To put it another way, there is an innate value in being human and art is a reflection of that. Loving one’s self and serving the universe are two tenets or keys of his artistic philosophy and life practice. It is his belief that they make for a fulfilling life. The spontaneous and spirited combination of these two elements forms what he calls the Artspark. The Artspark is not something that you can force or foresee. You can prepare for it but it will by nature transcend your preparedness though that does not mean that you should not prepare. It is a paradox and it is beautiful, ugly and mysterious all at the same time.