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Columbus Arts Festival to Feature Emerging Artist Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2011

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

Columbus, Ohio – The winners of the 2010 Emerging Artist program will be participating in this year’s Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable; they will be exhibiting and selling their work June 3, 4, and 5 in the Discovery District.

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.

“It is exciting to have so many wonderful artists return, but there will be a lot of new faces as well,” said Leah Alters, Festival Director. “Through the Emerging Artist program we are able to help local artists promote their work.”

Ten Columbus-area artists are part of the emerging artist program at this year’s Columbus Arts Festival. A few of these local artists include: Angela Sample (Ceramics), Amanda Rife (Photography), Chelstin Ross (Painting), Courtney Yoakum (Jewelry), Kirill Novikov (Painting), Lindsay Rodgers (Photography), Meghan Sours (Painting), Paul Tepper (Painting), Pepper Johnson (Fiber) and Vincent Nobel (Photography). For artists’ booth numbers, please see the full listing on the Columbus Arts Festival Web site, ColumbusArtsFestival.org.

Approximately 240 artists were selected from nearly 1,100 applicants by a panel of experts through a blind jury process. To apply, artists e-mailed digital images of their artwork and booth set-up through ZAPPlicationTM, an electronic application process. A jury of art experts reviewed the entries, identified only by number, and selected the work based on merit and quality.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 224-2606 or visit www.ColumbusArtsFestival.org for a complete list of artist and activities.

The 2011 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors to date are American Electric Power, State Auto, Belvedere Vodka, Bella Giardino Landscaping, Catering by Scott, Coca-Cola, Dine Originals, Fahlgren, Glazer’s, GRID Furnishings, Heineken, Live! Technologies, Orange Barrel, Oscar Mayer, Sherwin Williams, Target, The Westin and ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars. Media sponsors include AliveOhio Magazine, WBNS 10TV, WOSU, CD101@102.5FM, 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.