FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2016
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Alison Jones, a Jewelry artist from Pittsburgh, PA, took home $2,000 and the Best in Show award today at the 2016 Columbus Arts Festival. Jones, located at booth 356G on Washington Blvd., will be selling her award-winning work, along with more than 300 other artists from across the nation, and the world, at the Columbus Arts Festival produced by the Columbus Greater Arts Council this weekend. The Festival, located at the downtown riverfront, will be open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.
Thirteen other artists also won awards today. Award winners were chosen by an on-site panel of local arts experts. Award winners will be invited to participate in next year’s Festival. Award winners are:
Jurors’ Choice, 3-Dimensional ($1,000 each)
—Carol Martin, Jewelry (Durango, CO, 389G)
—Robin Kittleson, Glass (Geneva, IL 328W)
—Ray Jones, Wood (Ashville, NC 287M)
Jurors’ Choice, 2-Dimensional ($1,000 each)
—James Carter, Painting (Southbury, CT 291W)
—Hannah Clark, Painting (Pittsburgh, PA 330W)
—Kate Morgan, 2D Mixed Media (Columbus, OH 241M)
Merit Award ($500 each)
—Meg Levesseur, Emerging Artist (Columbus, OH 295W)
—Adam Kaser, Glass (Delaware, OH 221M)
—Richard Wilson, Drawing (Greenville, NC 029R)
Best Presentation ($500)
—Tony Cray, Glass (New Melle, MO 227M)
Best Emerging Artist (tie)
—Peter Brown (Groveport, OH 344G)
—Lucie Shearer (Reynoldsburg, OH 364G)
Began 55 years ago as the “Downtown Festival of the Arts” on the Ohio Statehouse lawn, the Columbus Arts Festival showcases the best visual arts, music, poetry and local food for three days each summer to a crowd of about 400,000 each year. Live music, great food and a relaxed, gallery-like setting provide the perfect ambiance for browsing and buying the best selection of art. This year’s Festival attracted more than 1,100 artist applicants from across the country for the coveted 300 + spots.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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 2016 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Chobani, CoverMyMeds, COTA, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Huntington Bank, LBrands Foundation, Kroger, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, Owners.com, Pepsi, Safelite Autoglass, The Sheraton Columbus, Svedka, SWACO and Toyota. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Dispatch Media Group, 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, 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. GCAC thanks the city of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.