2022 Columbus Arts Festival Jury to Select Participating Artists
For immediate releaseJanuary 20, 2022
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Arts Festival presented by the American Electric Power Foundation will host the jury to select participating artists for the 2022 festival, Jan. 29-30. The jury will take place at the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s offices at 182 E. Long St. downtown.
“Our 2022 Columbus Arts Festival jury members bring a wealth of experience in their fields,” said Sean Kessler, director of the Columbus Arts Festival. “We had nearly 600 applications from talented artists across the country and beyond. This is down roughly 30% compared to applications prior to the pandemic, but we’re finding our experience in Columbus mirrors that of the festival organizers nationwide. Regardless, we’ve received a high quality pool of applications, so the jury will have a busy weekend narrowing it down to approximately 225 exhibiting artists in 16 different categories.”
Each artist submits four images of their work, one booth photo and an artist statement. The jury is conducted as a blind jury, with no identifying names or demographics provided for the artists being reviewed.
The 2022 Festival jurors represent practicing artists and gallery curators in Ohio:
- Don “DonCee” Coulter is an award-winning fabric artist based in Columbus. He studied fashion and cubism at Columbus College of Art & Design. His mixed-media, environmentally friendly pieces have been exhibited extensively at galleries and museums across the country. Coulter was selected as the Arts Council’s inaugural Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Fellowship recipient in 2020.
- Jacci Delaney is Columbus artist with more than 17 years’ experience in glassblowing, glass casting and cold-working. She earned her MFA at The Ohio State University in glass, sculpture and holograms.
- David Gentilini is curator of the Schumacher Gallery at Capital University. He has worked at the University since 2000, and is a practicing artist represented by Sharon Weiss Gallery in the Short North Arts District.
- Lisa McLymont is a self-taught, multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, metalwork, jewelry design, drawing and painting. She has a Bachelor of Science in industrial design from The Ohio State University.
- Merijn Vanderheiden is director of exhibitions and curatorial practice at the OSU Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery. She has a BFA in art from the Akademie voor Beeldende Vorming and an MFA in art from The Ohio State University.
The jury is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 30 (ending times each day may vary). The Columbus Arts Festival jury is a great opportunity for curators and collectors to see and discover a wide variety of artists. Space is very limited; per City of Columbus mandate, masks must be worn at all times in the building.
The Arts Festival received nearly 600 applications, including 147 from Ohio. Applying artists represent 42 states and three countries: Belgium, Canada and Israel.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.; artists have the option to stay open later.)
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.
For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s press media page.
The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2022 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by the American Electric Power Foundation. Additional sponsors and partners include Bank of America, Bath & Body Works, Battelle, Cardinal Health, CDDC, CoverMyMeds, Gateway Film Center, Huntington National Bank, IGS Energy, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., King Business Interiors, Maker’s Mark, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, Paul-Henri Bourguignon Foundation, PNC, Rhinegeist, Toyota, White Castle, Whole World Lemonade and Worthington Industries Foundation. Media sponsors include ABC6/FOX28, CD92.9, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RSVP, WCBE, WOSU Public Media and WSNY.
Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org
The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council. None of these funds are used for the production of the Columbus Arts Festival.
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