FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2019
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fourteen central Ohio artists have been accepted into the Emerging Artist program for the 2019 Columbus Arts Festival, produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) and presented by American Electric Power (AEP).
The 2019 Emerging Artists are Lauren Benjamin of Columbus (2D mixed media, 43201); Diane Binder of Columbus (2D mixed media, 43227); Michelle Boerio of Pickerington (2D mixed media, 43147); LaShae Boyd of Columbus (painting, 43213); Rachel McFarlane David of Reynoldsburg (wood, 43068); Gabriel Guyer of Columbus (2D mixed media, 43224); Cheong-ah Hwang of Columbus (sculpture, 43220); Tatiana Melnikova of Columbus (painting, 43201); Nathan Oda of Amanda (photography, 43102); Kali Schultz of Ashville (3D mixed media, 43103); Jason Scott of Columbus (photography, 43206); Ludie Senatus of Hilliard (2D mixed media, 43026); Angela Stiftar of Columbus (printmaking, 43206); and Matt Tisdale of Westerville (painting, 43081).
“We are very proud of our Emerging Artist program,” said Sean Kessler, director of the Arts Festival. “It serves an important purpose for the community and the festival, cultivating new artists and providing valuable experience, while introducing them to the hundreds of thousands of festival goers who attend over the course of the weekend.”
Started in 2011, the Emerging Artist program supports artists who have limited or no experience exhibiting at national festivals. In order to be eligible, artists must be a resident of one of the following Ohio counties: Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Fayette, Licking, Madison, Pickaway or Union. 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 Arts Council. The sessions train them on best practices for showcasing at festivals, including pricing, booth layout and décor, and selling techniques.
See the Emerging Artists’ work in the festival’s Artist Gallery at columbusartsfestival.org/application/artists.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 8 p.m.; artists have the option to stay open later.)
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 2019 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include Bank of America, Battelle, Best Buy, Blue Moon, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, COTA, CoverMyMeds, Duke’s Mayonnaise, Easton, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeter’s, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, Jose Cuervo, L Brands Foundation, LAZ Parking, Legoland, MORPC, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Reed Arts, Schoedinger, Smart Columbus, Three Olives Vodka, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, White Castle, Whole World Lemonade 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.
Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org
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For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.