2012 COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL TO HOST LOCAL AND NATIONAL ARTISTS
For immediate releaseMay 2, 2012
Contact: Jami Goldstein
Columbus, Ohio – Notable local and national artists will exhibit and sell their work at the 2012 Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable, June 1, 2 and 3 at the newly revitalized Downtown Riverfront.
“We have a lot of Festival favorites, and quite a few new artists joining us this year,” said Scott Huntley, Festival director. “The variety and quality of the work is exceptional, and there’s something for every price point.”
Nine of the 2011 award-winning artists are returning this year: Patrick Dragon of Marquette, MI (Ceramics); Benjamin Frey of Buena Vista, VA (Drawing); Aaron Hequembourg of Monticello, GA (2D Mixed Media); Nicario Jimenez (3D Mixed Media); James Nemnich of Indialantic, FL (Drawing); Tiffany Ownbey of Rutherfordton, NC (2D Mixed Media); Lindsay Rogers of Columbus, OH (Drawing); Doug Spalding of Royal Oak, MI (Ceramics); and Flora Zarate of Naples, FL (Fiber).
Central Ohio artists will be well represented at this year’s festival. Local artists include: Jay Ashrafi (2-D Mixed Media); Brian Becher (Glass); Dylan Engler (Glass); Kathleen Green (Painting); Kojo Kamau (Photography); Mary Miller (3-D Mixed Media); William Ortman (Glass); Paul Palnik (Printmaking); Carol Snyder (Ceramics); Sumiko and Kaname Takada (Ceramics); Lawrence Tuber (Glass); and Courtney Yoakum (Jewelry). More than 40 of the approximately 240 artists selected to participate are from across the state of Ohio.
In addition to the established local artists who will exhibit, the Columbus Arts Festival will also feature artists who were selected by the jury panel to participate in the Emerging Artist program. Established in 2011, 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. Eleven Columbus-area artists are part of the emerging artist program this year: Janet Alsup (Painting); Lisa Cliff (Painting); Derrick Hickman (2D Mixed Media); Gina Lewis (2D Mixed Media); Angela McKee (Glass); Brandon Moon (2D Mixed Media); Kate Morgan (2D Mixed Media); Wallace Peck (Painting); Jurate Phillips (Painting); John Schwind (Painting); and Nicole Vanover (Painting).
The approximately 240 artists were selected from more than 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 ZAPPlication™. A jury of art experts reviewed the entries, identified only by number, and selected the work based on merit and quality.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To volunteer 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 visitwww.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 Alive, Ohio 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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