55th Annual Columbus Arts Festival Brings Art, Music & More to the Riverfront June 10-12
For immediate releaseFebruary 11, 2016
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Columbus Arts Festival, produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council), celebrates its 55th year of bringing the best in fine art and fine craft to Columbus, June 10, 11 and 12, 2016. The Festival has been rated by AmericanStyle and Sunshine Artist magazines as one of the top festivals in the nation and each year hosts hundreds of juried artists from across the United States, as well as several international artists. Music, spoken word, dance, theater, acoustic, and jazz and blues stages, hands-on arts activities, exhibitions of local student artwork and local artist collectives, and a wide selection of quality food and beverages round out Columbus’s favorite outdoor summer event.
The Columbus Arts Festival has been consistently ranked over the years among the best arts festivals in the nation. The Festival has been honored with accolades in the January 2016 Best of Ohio issue of Ohio Magazine, Art Fair Calendar’s Top Five Art Fairs in the Country in 2015, Sunshine Artist magazine’s Top 25 Fine Arts Fairs, and Art Fair Sourcebook’s ELITE 25 Fine Art Fairs.
The overall ambiance of the festival is amplified by the beautiful Columbus downtown riverfront. Known as the Scioto Mile, the waterfront includes Bicentennial Park, two new bridges at Main and Rich streets, new lush green spaces and walkways and mesmerizing water features along with plazas, paths and bikeways. The Festival’s home on the riverfront has brought in record crowds and drawn praise from festival-goers of all ages.
“The Columbus Arts Festival continues to expand and offer more of the arts for Columbus to experience and enjoy,” said Scott Huntley, director of the Columbus Arts Festival. “In recent years we added a theater stage, a jazz and blues club and acoustic stage experience. We now have seven performances stages, each with seating and tables so the audience can sit, relax and enjoy delicious food and drinks form our many vendors. The Festival is truly a full arts experience.”
Following are some of the exciting programs happening at the 2016 Columbus Arts Festival:
Seven Entertainment Stages
In addition to the ABC6 Main Stage at Bicentennial Park, which features some of Columbus’ top musicians, there is Sharkey’s Jazz & Blues Club and the Acoustic Lounge. There is also the Franklinton Stage, a dance stage, the GROOVE U music stage and the Ohio Magazine Word is Art Stage for spoken word performances including poetry and storytelling.
Big Local Arts Tent
Local artists and artist collectives like CapCity Creatives, Clintonville Arts Guild, Columbus Crafty Cotillion, Columbus Idea Foundry Mother Artists at Work and more have joined together to present a make-and-take and demonstration area at the Festival. Come meet some of Columbus’ most creative artists and learn more about art making.
Gallery of Echoes—The ColumbUS Public Art Project
New to the Festival this year is Gallery of Echoes—The ColumbUS Public Art Project , a collaboration between Shadowbox Live and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Gallery of Echoes is a multimedia interpretation of works of art created by 20 Columbus artists. These pieces incorporate music, video, dance, song and spoken word to capture the emotion of the original work. Performances will take place Friday and Saturday nights on the ABC6 Main Stage, while the original artwork will be on display at the Vanderelli Room, 218 McDowell St., Franklinton, June 4-26.
This popular, on-site arts event features reproductions and adaptations of famous paintings and unique original work done in chalk on pavement by local artists.
The Emerging Artist Program, started in 2011, was designed to help promote Central Ohio artists who are new to presenting their work at festivals. Artists from Central Ohio will be selected by the Festival jurors and in addition to a lower booth fee they will also receive assistance from Festival staff on how to best present and market their work to the public.
Friends of the Festival Package
The Friends of the Festival Lounge is located in the Cultural Arts Center for Festival supporters and sponsors to come and relax. Comfortable seating, free water and snacks, a private cash bar, VIP restrooms and other amenities are provided.
Friends of the Festival packages will be sold prior to and during the festival. Passes are valid the entire weekend. To find out how to become a Friend of the Festival, visit the Festival Web site at https://columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/friends-of-the-festival/.
Meet the Art Shark!
Everyone’s favorite Festival mascot, the Art Shark, will be back again this year to mingle with fellow art fans! Kids of all ages can meet the Art Shark during special appearances onsite throughout the Festival weekend.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 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 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 2016 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Chobani, CoverMyMeds, COTA, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Huntington Bank, LBrands Foundation, Kroger, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, Owners.com, Pepsi, Safelite Autoglass, The Sheraton Columbus, Svedka, SWACO and Toyota. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel, 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, 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. GCAC thanks the city of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.
For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.