FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2017
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Notable local, national and international artists—representing 37 states, Belgium and Canada—will exhibit and sell their work at the 2017 Columbus Arts Festival produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) and powered by American Electric Power, June 9, 10 and 11 at Columbus’ downtown riverfront.
“We are impressed once again by the caliber of artists who are joining us this year,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Arts Council. “The diverse styles and outstanding quality of the participating artists’ work remains exceptional. Every festival goer will find something that fascinates, excites and inspires them.”
Eight of the 2016 award-winning artists are returning this year: Peter Brown of Groveport, OH (leather); James Carter of Southbury, CT (painting); Hannah Clark of Allison Park, PA (painting); Ray Jones of Asheville, NC (wood); Adam Kaser of Delaware, OH (glass); Carol Martin of Durango, CO (jewelry); Kate Morgan of Columbus, OH (2D mixed media); and Lucie Shearer of Grandview Heights, OH (painting).
More than 55 artists from the state of Ohio will participate in 2017. In addition to Kaser, Morgan and Schearer, central Ohio artists include: Jayne Akison of Columbus (2D mixed media); Claudia Carreon of Dublin (jewelry); Heidi Clous of Blacklick (jewelry); Ila Catherine Hofacker of Delaware (2D mixed media); Hong Mao of Dublin (painting); Kim McClelland of Galena (2D mixed media); Paul Palnik of Columbus (printmaking); Rebecca Rea of Columbus (ceramics); J.J. Reichert of Bellefontaine (fiber); Alissa Renzetti of Columbus (3D mixed media); Mary Williams of Galena (fiber); and Zhicheng Yang of Lewis Center (jewelry).
In addition to the established artists who exhibit, the Columbus Arts Festival also features artists who were selected by the jury panel to participate in the Emerging Artist program. Established 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 or surrounding counties.
Fourteen central Ohio artists are part of the Emerging Artist program this year: Peter Ahn of Westerville (photography); Ricky Bowers of Worthington (photography); Christopher Brewer of Columbus (painting); Jennifer Brown of Columbus (printmaking); Luciano Carfagna of Columbus (painting); Michael Cole of Hilliard (photography); Julie Davis of Westerville (fiber); Darcie Drum of Pickerington (2D mixed media); Brittni Hall of Columbus (painting); Chris Itsell of Johnstown (sculpture); Laura Jacob of Lewis Center (2D mixed media); Chineze Okpalaoka of Pickerington (painting); Samantha Salazar of Hilliard (2D mixed media); and Jim Siemer of Columbus (painting).
See the festival’s Artist Gallery at columbusartsfestival.org/application/artists.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.)
To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.
For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8625 or visit columbusartsfestival.org.
The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2017 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors include AT&T, Blue Moon, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Columbus Recreation & Parks, Columbus State Community College, COTA, CoverMyMeds, DLZ, G&J Pepsi-Cola, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Grange Insurance, Hopper Cart, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IKEA, Kroger, LAZ Parking, LBrands Foundation, Nationwide, Oakland Nursery, The Ohio State University, PNC, Safelite, Svedka, Toyota, Vintage Wine, The Westin Columbus and White Castle. Media sponsors include ABC6/WSYX and FOX28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.
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. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org