FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2016
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio— Twelve central Ohio artists have been accepted into the Columbus Arts Festival’s Emerging Artist program for the 2016 festival.
The 2016 Emerging Artists are Adrianne George of Columbus (ceramics); Brittany Harris of Columbus (painting); Rick Buchanan of Columbus (photography); Lucie Shearer of Reynoldsburg (painting); Bruce Brekke of Lewis Center (wood); Wil Wong Yee of Columbus (painting); Kelli Hughes & Drew Romig of Columbus (painting/woodworking); Rebecca Allen of Columbus (photography); Nancy Nearing of Worthington (ceramics); Peter Brown of Groveport (leather); Nicholas Schukay of Columbus (drawing); and Megs LeVesseur of Columbus (ceramics).
“The festival circuit is hard work and highly competitive,” said Scott Huntley, Columbus Arts Festival director. “I am really proud of our Emerging Artist program. We don’t just bring new artists in to the festival; we mentor them and give them the tools they need to make their festival experience successful.”
Started in 2011, the Emerging Artist program is for artists who have no or limited experience exhibiting at national festivals. In order to be eligible, artists must be residents of Franklin, Union, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Fayette or Madison counties. The artists were selected by the Columbus Arts Festival jury panel.
In addition to receiving a lower booth fee, the artists attend two artist bootcamps hosted by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. The sessions train the artists on best practices for showcasing at festivals, including pricing, décor, selling techniques and booth layout.
See the Emerging Artists’ work in the festival’s Artist Gallery at columbusartsfestival.org/application/artists.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to www.columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.php.
For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8531 or visit www.columbusartsfestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more. The Festival website is optimized for mobile and Smartphone viewing.
The 2016 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Chobani, CoverMyMeds, COTA, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Huntington Bank, LBrands Foundation, Kroger, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, Owners.com, Pepsi, Safelite Autoglass, The Sheraton Columbus, Svedka, SWACO and Toyota. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel, CD102.5, Mix 107.9 and WCBE 90.5.
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the city of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.
For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.