FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2018
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Phill Singer, a painter from New Britain, PA, took home $4,000 and the Best in Show award today at the 2018 Columbus Arts Festival. Singer, located at booth 237 on Main Street, will be selling their award-winning work, along with more than 270 other artists from across the nation, and the world, at the Columbus Arts Festival presented by American Electric Power and produced by the Greater Arts Columbus Council this weekend.
Eleven other artists also won awards today. Award winners were chosen by an on-site panel of local arts experts. In addition to cash prizes, artists received a glass sculpture award created by Columbus artist Lawrence Tuber.
Award winners will be invited to participate in next year’s Festival. Award winners are:
Jurors’ Choice, 2-Dimensional ($2,000 each)
— William Cowherd, 2D Mixed Media (Atlanta, GA, 125C)
— Dimonde Hale, 2D Mixed Media, Emerging Artist (Columbus, OH, 019R)
— Cody Miller, 2D Mixed Media (Columbus, OH, 245M)
Jurors’ Choice, 3-Dimensional ($2,000 each)
— John Denis, Sculpture (Chicago, IL, 151C)
— John Wayne & Paige Jackson, Sculpture (Black Mountain, NC, 223M)
— Teresa Merriman, 3D Mixed Media (Westcliffe, CO, 233M)
Merit Award ($1,000 each)
— Gloria McRoberts, Fiber (Watertown, TN, 317W)
— Priya Rama, Painting (Mason, OH, 80R)
— Lindsay Rodgers, Painting (Columbus, OH, 255M)
Best Presentation ($1,000)
— Douglas & Renee Sigwarth, Glass (River Falls, WI, 211M)
Best Emerging Artist ($1,000)
— Juliet Thibault, Painting (Marysville, OH, 514C)
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The monetary component for 2018 artist awards was doubled from previous years. The increased amounts were funded by ticket sales to the sold out Patron Party, hosted at the Cultural Arts Center the opening night of the Festival. Previously the Patron Party was invitation only.
Launched 57 years ago as the “Downtown Festival of the Arts” on the Ohio Statehouse lawn, the Columbus Arts Festival showcases the best visual arts, music, spoken word, and local food and drink for three days each summer to a crowd of about 450,000 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 900 artist applicants from across the country for the coveted 270+ spots.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.)
To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.
For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8625 or visit columbusartsfestival.org.
The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2018 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include Smart Columbus, AT&T, Bank of America, Blue Moon, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Columbus Recreation & Parks, COTA, CoverMyMeds, Easton Town Center, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeters, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, Jose Cuervo, LAZ Parking, LBrands Foundation, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Nationwide, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Puffin Foundation West, Three Olives Vodka, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, White Castle and Worthington Industries. Media sponsors include ABC6/FOX28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Mix 107.9, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX Media, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.
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. The Arts Council thanks the city of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org
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