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Robin Kittleson Takes Best in Show at the 2015 Columbus Arts Festival

June 13, 2015

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

Columbus, Ohio – Robin Kittleson, a glass artist from Geneva, IL, took home $2,000 and the Best in Show award today at the 2015 Columbus Arts Festival. Kittleson, located at booth 328W on Washington Blvd. will be selling her award-winning work, along with approximately 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)

Lisa Belsky & Lance Thompson, Ceramics (Columbus, OH, booth 256M)

David Pellerin, Ceramics (New London, NH, booth 054R)

Monique Rancourt, Jewelry (Waltham, MA, booth 292W)

Jurors’ Choice, 2-Dimensional ($1,000 each)

– Kent Ambler, Printmaking (Greenville, SC, booth 214M)

– Kate Morgan, 2D Mixed Media (Columbus, OH, booth 241M)

Bobby & Sara Rosenstock, Printmaking (Marietta, OH, booth 171M)

Merit Award ($500 each)

William McCarthy, Painting (Hamden, CT, booth 319W)

– Erica Ott, Emerging Artist, (Columbus, OH, booth 334W)

Samantha Skelton, Jewelry (Fairview, PA, booth 112R)

Best Presentation ($500)

– Rebecca Rea, Emerging Artist (Columbus, OH, booth 012R)

Best Emerging Artist

Mary Ann Crago, Emerging Artist (Columbus, OH, booth 33R)

Began 54 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 1,000 artist applicants from across the country for the coveted 300 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 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, L Brands Foundation, Piada Italian Street Food, Worthington Industries, Express, Mayco & Buckeye Ceramic Supply, The Sheraton Columbus, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Columbus Downtown, Blue Moon Brewery Co., Pepsi and Kroger. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Columbus MonthlyThe Columbus Dispatch, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel, RBX, 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.