FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2015
Contact: Jami Goldstein
Columbus, Ohio – Notable local and national and international artists—representing 41 states and Canada—will exhibit and sell their work at the 2015 Columbus Arts Festival produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, June 12, 13 and 14 at the Columbus’ downtown riverfront.
“We have even more impressive, talented artists joining us this year.” said Scott Huntley, festival director. “Though the number of participating artists has grown, the diversity and quality of the work remains exceptional, and there’s something for every price point.”
Eight of the 2014 award-winning artists are returning this year: Jennifer Ivory of Corvallis, OR (3-D mixed media); Mark Lewanski of Portland, MI (glass); Ronald Lintonof Hot Springs, ARK (jewelry); Joan Rasmussen of Atlanta, GA (sculpture); J.J. Reichert of Bellefontaine, OH (fiber); Beau Tudzarov of Ft. Lauderdale, FL (digital art); Richard Wilson of Greenville, NC (drawing); and Katrin Wolf of Monticello, FL, (jewelry).
More than 60 artists from the state of Ohio will participate this year, with central Ohio artists well represented. Local artists include: Jayne Akison of Columbus (2D mixed media); Lisa Belsky of Columbus (ceramics); Treffry Caldwell of Upper Arlington (jewelry); JD Davison of Upper Arlington (jewelry); Courtney Deyoung of Columbus (jewelry); Dylan Engler of Granville (glass); Kathleen Green of Groveport (painting); Ila Catherine Hofacker of Powell (2D mixed media); Darrin Hoover of Columbus (drawing); Benjamin Jordan of Columbus (jewelry); Adam Kaser of Delaware (glass); Min Kim of Columbus (painting); Hong Mao of Dublin (painting); Kim McClelland of Galena (2D mixed media); Angela McKee or Logan (glass); Kate Morgan of Columbus (2D mixed media); Karen Mulier of London (fiber); Natalie Orr of Reynoldsburg (painting); William Ortman of Columbus (glass); Paul Palnik of Columbus (printmaking); Jack Pine of Columbus (glass); J.J. Reichert of Bellefontaine (fiber); Kaname Takada of Columbus (ceramics); and Lawrence Tuber of Columbus (glass).
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.
Ten Columbus-area artists are part of the Emerging Artist program this year: Rick Braveheart of Columbus (photography); Todd Camp of Newark (painting); Alexa Carson of Hilliard (painting); Mary Ann Crago of Columbus (3D mixed media); Sarah Hahn of Columbus (glass); Hannah Hoffman of Columbus (jewelry); Tina Husted of Columbus (painting); Erica Ott of Columbus (painting); Rebecca Rea of Columbus (ceramics); and Anna Reddick of Columbus (painting).
The 300+ artists, including the Emerging Artists, were selected from more than 1,000 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 12 and Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 14 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 2015 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Huntington Bank, LBrands Foundation, Piada Italian Street Food, Worthington Industries, Mayco & Buckeye Ceramic Supply, The Sheraton Columbus, Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Columbus Downtown, Blue Moon Brewery Co., Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Pepsi and Kroger. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Columbus Monthly, The Columbus Dispatch, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel, CD102.5, Mix 107.9, 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, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.
For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.
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