FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2018
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Notable local and national artists representing 34 states will exhibit and sell their work at the 2018 Columbus Arts Festival produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) and presented by American Electric Power (AEP), June 8, 9 and 10 on Columbus’ downtown riverfront.
“Once again, we are impressed by the outstanding quality of artists who will be joining us at the festival,” said Sean Kessler, director of the Arts Festival. “We love seeing such a diverse mix of styles from artists all across the country. We know that every festival goer will find something that inspires and fascinates them.”
Ten of the 2017 award-winning artists are returning this year: Anne Bisone of Milwaukee, WI (fiber); Julie Davis of Westerville, OH (fiber); Lorri Honeycutt of Sebastian, FL (photography); Gloria McRoberts of Watertown, TN (fiber); Kate Morgan of Columbus, OH (2D mixed media); Karen Mulier of London, OH (fiber); Bruce Peeso of Monson, MA (painting); Alissa Renzetti of Columbus, OH (3D mixed media); R.C. Sanford of Strongsville, OH (wood); and Kathleen Tesnakis of Troy, NY (fiber).
More than 50 artists from the state of Ohio will participate in 2018. In addition to Davis, Morgan, Mulier, Renzetti and Sanford, central Ohio artists include: Michael Bonardi of Columbus (jewelry); Peter Brown of Groveport (leather); Treffry Caldwell of Upper Arlington (jewelry); Sebastian Coleman of Mt. Vernon (glass); J.D. Davison of Upper Arlington (jewelry); Courtney DeYoung of Columbus (jewelry); Kathleen Green of Groveport (painting); Ila Catherine Hofacker of Delaware (2D mixed media); Hannah Hoffman of Columbus (jewelry); Jessica Joy of Bellefontaine (fiber); Hong Mao of Dublin (painting); Kim McClelland of Galena (2D mixed media); Lindsay Rodgers of Columbus (painting); Jim Siemer of Columbus (painting); Mary Williams of Galena (fiber); and Julie Yassenoff of Columbus (fiber).
In addition to the established artists who exhibit, the Columbus Arts Festival 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.
Ten central Ohio artists are part of the Emerging Artist program this year: Jackie Ayres of Westerville (fiber); Toni Cross of Columbus (fiber); Sydney Denlinger of Grove City (painting); Kaylyn Gouhin of Columbus (2D mixed media); Dimonde Hale of Columbus (painting); Andrea Kaiser of Columbus (jewelry); Kendall Kirchner of Worthington (painting); Yani Sheng of Dublin (painting); Ashley Snyder of Sugar Gove (digital); and Juliet Thibault of Marysville (painting).
Nearly 280 artists, including the Emerging Artists, were selected from more than 900 applicants through a blind jury process. To apply, artists submitted 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, as well as booth presentation.
See the festival’s Artist Gallery at columbusartsfestival.org/application/artists.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 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 2018 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include Smart Columbus, AT&T, Bank of America, Blue Moon, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Columbus Recreation & Parks, COTA, CoverMyMeds, Easton Town Center, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeters, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, Jose Cuervo, LAZ Parking, LBrands Foundation, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Nationwide, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Puffin Foundation West, Three Olives Vodka, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, White Castle and Worthington Industries. Media sponsors include ABC6/FOX28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Mix 107.9, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX Media, 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
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