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Noah Kaplan @noah_kaps

Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Noah Kaplan, Founder & President, Leon Speakers - A New York native, Noah attended the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. As a multi-media visual artist, musician, and aspiring entrepreneur, he opened art galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona and Ann Arbor, Michigan after graduation, eventually combining his passions for art and music by starting a business building handcrafted speakers. The result, Leon Speakers, which he runs today with his two brothers, is an Ann Arbor company that creates a full palette of audio products that can be found in homes and businesses all over the world. Noah has been part of multiple art exhibitions and has received many commissions.  Most important to him, and what he is best known for, are his “live” paintings. He paints to music before the audience, and then auctions the painting to the highest bidder to benefit a charity, ranging from local non-profits to Detroit charities to HIV/AIDS research programs.  He is a firm believer that art and music shape our culture and that a business, like a sculpture, is a never-ending work in progress.  When Noah first saw his father’s wooden animal sculptures, he felt that they would really come alive if they were painted.  His dad, an inexperienced painter, welcomed his lessons and demonstrations.  The work presented here would have been entirely different without his input and enthusiastic support.  In the end, his vision of using reclaimed wood to design and build a “stage” for the piece proved to be the magic touch.  He is proud to have been a part of the genesis of his dad’s Save One, Save Them All.

Noah's ArtPrize Entries

These are Noah's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

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    Save One, Save Them All

    2021 ArtPrize Entry Father and Son
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