Darice Polo

Darice Polo is currently editing her independent film Brújula. Through the voice of her grandfather she recounts the birth of US colonialism in Puerto Rico and the subsequent emigration of her ancestors to New York. She is the recipient of a Creative Workforce Fellowship and Puffin Foundation Grant both in support of the film. In March 2020 her work was reviewed in American Quarterly, a journal published by Johns Hopkins University. The article Midterm Evaluation, Swing State Aesthetics by Harrod Suarez discusses the exhibition Ohio Artists for Freedom, an excerpt of Brújula and her Seeds of Colonialism print series. An excerpt of Brújula was also recently screened at the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Poland and acquired by the Progressive Art Collection at Progressive Insurance. Her drawings were included in the exhibition Latino Art of the Midwest: Into the 21st Century at the University of Dayton.

Born in New York City, Polo received an MFA in drawing and painting from SUNY, Albany and a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts. She lives and works in Cleveland and is an Associate Professor of drawing and painting in the School of Art at Kent State University.


Equal Justice 2017/2018




Cleveland, OH USA


John Lewis’s statement, “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and redeem the soul of America,” was exemplified by the image of his final journey over the Edmund Pettus bridge in a horse drawn caisson. Through his death his message is clear to us, be strong amid the use of excessive force against peaceful assembly. As I examine, in my work, the origins of colonialism while opposing its current manifestation, the confluence of past and present histories of enduring injustice emerge as its construct. We must collectively unearth our past to remove symbols of oppression, end systemic racism, restructure a democracy that serves and protects all its people, and push back against the global forces of neoliberalism. We have the power.Darice Polo