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Columbus Arts Festival News


June 2, 2012

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

Columbus, Ohio – Anthony Pack, a 3D mixed media from Overland Park, KS, took home $2,000 and the best of show award today at the 2012 Columbus Arts Festival. Pack, located at booth R-248 on Rich Street, will be selling his award-winning work, along with approximately 230 other artists from across the nation at the Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable this weekend. The Festival, located at the Downtown Riverfront, will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Ten 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, 2-Dimensional ($1,000 each)
– Joachim Knill, Painting (Painting, Hannibal, MO, M-205)
– James (Michael) Nemnich, Drawing (Indialantic, FL, M-123)
– Ella Richards, 2D Mixed Media (New York, NY, booth M-131)

Jurors’ Choice, 3-Dimensional ($1,000 each)
– Nicario Jimenez, 3D Mixed Media (Naples, FL; booth R-58)
– Tiffany Owenby, 3D Mixed Media (Rutherfordton, NC; booth M-201)
– Kaiser Suidan, Ceramics (Ferndale, MI; booth R-19/20)

Merit Award ($500 each)
– Mitchell Berg, 3D Mixed Media (Santa Fe, NM; booth M-167)
– Seung Lee, 2D Mixed Media and Printmaking (Cathedral City, CA; R-251)
– Frank Saggus, 3D Mixed Media (Colbert, GA; M-213)

Best Presentation ($500)
– Mark Traughber, 2D Mixed Media (Louisville, KY.; booth M-164)

Best Emerging Artist 
Kate Morgan, 2D Mixed Media (Columbus, OH; booth M-179)

Begun 51 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 300,000 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 1,000 artist applicants from across the country for the coveted 230 spots.

To volunteer for activities 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 Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

The 2012 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors to date are American Electric Power, Annie’s Fund for the Creative Arts, BP, Clear Channel Outdoor, Coca-Cola, Dine Originals, Glazer’s, Heineken, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Jose Cuervo, Live! Technologies, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Orange Barrel Media, OSU Urban Arts Space and The Westin. Media sponsors include AliveOhio Magazine, WBNS 10TV, WOSU, CD102.5, WCBE 90.5FM, WMNI/Classic Hits 103.9 FM.

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.

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