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2014 Columbus Arts Festival to Host Local and National Artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2014

Contact: Jami Goldstein
jgoldstein@gcac.org
(614) 221-8492

Columbus, Ohio – Notable local and national and international artists—representing 37 states and Canada—will exhibit and sell their work at the 2014 Columbus Arts Festival produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Festival, June 6, 7 and 8 at the Downtown Riverfront.

“We have a impressive line-up of talented artists joining us this year—from Festival favorites to new local emerging artists,” said Scott Huntley, Festival director. “The diversity and quality of the work is exceptional, and there’s something for every price point.”

Eight of the 2013 award-winning artists are returning this year: Tomas Savrda of Kent, CT (3D Mixed Media);  Nicario Jimenez of Naples, FL (3D Mixed Media); Joan Rasmussen of Atlanta, GA (Sculpture); Steven Olszewski  of Pinckney, MI (Ceramics); Clifford Lounsbury of Tawas City, MI (Wood); Robert Flowers of Summerfield, NC(Painting);  Angela McKee of Logan, OH (Glass); Erika Bell of Flower Mount, TX (3D Mixed Media).

More than 50 artists from the state of Ohio will participate this year, with central Ohio artists well represented. Local artists include: Abram Kaplan of Granville (2DMixed Media); Sumiko Takada of Columbus (Ceramics);  J.J. Reichert of Bellefontaine (Fiber); Brian Becher of Columbus (Glass); Anthony Gelpi of Columbus (Glass); Deborah Close of Columbus (Jewelery); Kathleen Green of Groveport (Painting); Britt Hallowell of Mount Sterling (Painting); Chelstin Ross of Columbus (Painting); and Paul Palnik of Columbus (Printmaking).

International artists include: Xiao Jiang of Scarborough, Ontario (Painting).

In addition to the established local artists who will exhibit, the Columbus Arts Festival will also feature 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.

Twelve Columbus-area artists are part of the Emerging Artist program this year: Kenneth Claussen of Gahanna (Photography); John Davison of Upper Arlington (Jewelery); Meghan Howard of Columbus (Ceramics); Paula Jackson of Columbus; Cera Marie of Worthington (Painting); Karen Mulier of London (Fiber); Natalie Orr of Reynoldsburg (2D Mixed Media; Sharone Putter of Columbus (Jewelry); Rachel Ramm of Dublin (Painting); Rachelle Smith of Columbus (Painting); Lance Thompson of Columbus (Ceramics); and Christopher Welshon of Blacklick (Photography).

The 280+ artists, including the Emerging Artists, were selected from more than 1,100 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.

See the Festival’s Artist Gallery at columbusartsfestival.org/application/artists.

Festival Hours:  Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 8 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 Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

The 2014 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Hollywood Casino, Blue Moon Brewery Co., Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Limited Brands Foundation, Piada Italian Street Food, Pepsi, Birds Eye, Live! Technologies, Sugardaddy’s and The Westin Columbus. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Columbus Monthly, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel, CD102.5, Mix 107.9, Time Warner Cable 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, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, FranklinCounty and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

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