FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2016
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio— Notable local, national and international artists—representing 38 states, Canada, Belgium and Israel—will exhibit and sell their work at the 2016 Columbus Arts Festival produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, June 10, 11 and 12 at Columbus’ downtown riverfront.
“We have even more incredibly talented artists joining us this year,” said Scott Huntley, festival director. “Though the number of participating artists has grown, the diversity and quality of the work remains exceptional, and there’s something for every budget.”
More than 300 artists, including the Emerging Artists, were selected from more than 1,000 applicants through a blind jury process. To apply, artists e-mailed digital images of their artwork and booth set-up through ZAPPlication™. A jury of art experts reviewed the entries, identified only by number, and selected the work based on merit and quality.
Eight of the 2015 award-winning artists are returning this year: Lisa Belskey of Columbus, OH (ceramics); William McCarthy of Hamden, CT (painting); Kate Morgan of Columbus, OH (2D mixed media); Erica Ott of Columbus, OH (painting); David Pellerin of New London, NH (ceramics); Rebecca Rea of Columbus, OH (ceramics); Bobby Rosenstock of Marietta, OH (printmaking); and Samantha Skelton of Fairview, PA (jewelry).
Nearly 60 artists from the state of Ohio will participate this year, with central Ohio artists well represented. Local artists include: Akison Jayne of Columbus (2D mixed media); Brian Becher of Columbus (glass); Lisa Belsky of Columbus (ceramics); Claudia Carreon of Dublin (metal, non sculptural); Ed Collins of Columbus (wood); Zhen Zhong Duan of Dublin (painting); Kathleen Green of Groveport (painting); Ila Catherine Hofacker of Powell (2D mixed media); Diana Juratovac of Columbus (glass); Adam Kaser of Delaware (glass); Hong Mao of Dublin (painting); Kim McClelland of Galena (2D mixed media); Cody Miller of Columbus (2D mixed media); Kate Morgan of Columbus (2D mixed media); Natalie Orr of Reynoldsburg (painting); Paul Palnik of Columbus (printmaking); Rebecca Rea of Columbus (ceramics); J.J. Reichert of Bellefontaine (fiber); Chelstin Ross of Columbus (painting); Leah Storrs of Columbus (printmaking); and Kaname Takada of Columbus (ceramics).
Twelve Columbus-area artists are part of the Emerging Artist program this year: 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); 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).
See 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.