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Arts Council Seeks Artists to Create Temporary Public Art Light Installation at 2017 Columbus Arts Festival

January 19, 2017

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) in partnership with American Electric Power (AEP) seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create an outdoor public art light installation at the 2017 Columbus Arts Festival. The public art project will be a prominent feature at the Festival, an annual three-day celebration of the arts which begins June 9, 2017.

An info session will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Angela Meleca Gallery, 144 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215.

The opportunity is open to established professional artists or teams of artists living in Ohio; collaborations are encouraged. The chosen artist(s) will receive $25,000 to cover all costs. Applicants should have experience creating, fabricating and installing public art. Only professional artists with reviewable portfolios are eligible to submit qualifications.

The jurors who will make the final selection are Joe Baer, Co-Founder, CEO & Creative Director, ZenGenius; Michael Bongiorno, Director/Design Principal, DesignGroup; David Butler, Artist & Education and Outreach Coordinator, Pizzuti Collection; Tyler Cann, Curator of Contemporary Art, Columbus Museum of Art; Pam Hykes O’Grady, GCAC Board of Trustees and Senior Adviser, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, City of Columbus; Michael Goodson, Senior Curator of Exhibitions, Wexner Center for the Arts; Joshua McClurg-Genevese, Director of Creative Services, American Electric Power; Angela Meleca, Owner & Director, Angela Meleca Gallery; Diane Nance, Director, Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs, Otterbein University; and Ty Owen, Manager of Theater Programs, COSI.

The artist application deadline is Feb. 17 by 5 p.m. The chosen artist or team of artists will be announced by Mar. 1. Full details and submission forms are available at columbusartsfestival.org/lights.

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