Tom Common is an independent video artist whose career has consisted of many diverse experiences. These experiences include producing syndicated television and corporate/industrial video, designing and developing a city’s award-winning cable access channel, creating sales DVDs for championship show horses, producing web-based profiles for businesses, e-book design, graphic design, and working in the Cleveland Arts and Non-Profit communities.
Tom has created training videos for clients such as Greyhound,
Coach USA, Allied Waste Management, First Transit, and BHI International, among others.
His work with non-profit groups includes Facing History, Cleveland Public Theatre, Facing History, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Education Department, the Progressive Arts Alliance, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, and the Living Legacy Project.
Tom’s passion for music led to his co-creating the syndicated television program “Alternate Beat”, which aired in Cleveland, New York City and San Francisco. The show focused on the bands of the late 1980’s college radio scene, such as The Psychedelic Furs, The Ramones, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Smithereens to name a few. He also created a TV show exploring music of a different era, developing the pilot program “Changes”, that featured the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Al Jarreau and Michael Feinstein.
He has also collaborated with many Cleveland area artists, working with theatres, dance troupes, musicians and filmmakers, promoting the arts and educating Cleveland's young people on the positive role the arts can play in their lives. Many of their videos have been used for fundraising purposes to ensure that these lives continue to be affected by the power of art.
Tom combines disciplines to work in modes as varied as collage and assemblage, Abstract Expressionism, Impressionism, gesture, graphic design, Pop Art, Color Field Painting, Performance Art and documentary, and continues to be intrigued by exploring the seemingly limitless boundaries of this medium.