Once a month, C Magazine sits down with a prominent Columbus figure to discuss how they spend their time out of the office and between paychecks. This month, we met with Bryan Knicely, the newly appointed President of the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
C Magazine: What talent would you most like to have?
Bryan Knicely: I’d like to play the cello.
C Magazine: What’s your worst extravagance?
Knicely: Some would say my shoe collection.
C Magazine: What is the role of the artist in society?
Knicely: To be a disciplinary citizen, to engage themselves and to engage others in society.
C Magazine: What was the first album you ever bought?
Knicely: The soundtrack to Grease.
C Magazine: If a dish were named after you, what would it be?
Knicely: Some sort of chocolate cake.
C Magazine: What is the most memorable speech you’ve heard?
Knicely: It was not so memorable because of what was said, but it was memorable because it was Pope John Paul. He was addressing the choir that I was in that actually sang at the Vatican.
C Magazine: What piece of artwork do you most long to own?
Knicely: An original Edward Hopper.
C Magazine: The one book all Americans must read before they die is…?
Knicely: The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin.
C Magazine: You can have a drink with any figure in history. With whom are you drinking, and what’s your poison?
Knicely: Princess Diana and it would be Champagne.
C Magazine: Who is the most influential person in the art world who is not an artist?
Knicely: The next buyer.