Diane Binder Takes Best in Show at the 2019 Columbus Arts Festival
For immediate releaseJune 8, 2019
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Diane Binder, an Emerging Artist from Columbus, took home $4,000 and the Best in Show award today at the 2019 Columbus Arts Festival. Binder, located at booth T213 on Town Street, will be selling her award-winning work, along with more than 260 other artists from across the country, 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 on-site representatives of the jurors who selected all exhibiting artists earlier this year. 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, 3-Dimensional ($2,000 each)
—Larry Allen, ceramics (Leeds, AL, C407)
—Jennifer Ivory, 3D mixed media (Corvallis, OR, M535)
—Harry Welsch/Kimberley Wellman-Welsch/Adrienne Welsch, ceramics (Lutz, FL, T206)
Jurors’ Choice, 2-Dimensional ($2,000 each)
—Craig Brabson, photography/digital photography (Nashville, TN, R345)
—James Carter, painting (Southbury, CT, B108)
—Kendra Runnels, 2D mixed media (Augusta, GA, C405)
Merit Award ($1,000 each)
—Sang Kim, painting (Baldwinville, MA, C408)
—Robin Lauersdorf, drawing (Monona, WI, M565)
—Clinton Wood, painting (Cincinnati, OH, P158)
Best Presentation ($1,000)
—Teresa Merriman, 3D mixed media (Westcliffe, CO, M557)
Best Emerging Artist ($1,000)
—Tatiana Melnikova (Columbus, OH, R377)
Starting with the 2018 Festival, the monetary component for 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 58 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 850 artist applicants from across the country for the coveted 260+ spots.
Photos of the award winners can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qc1tadg845gicm6/AAD_0yuU4-ghFgtLaz5RWzBJa?dl=0
Festival Hours: Friday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 8 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.
The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2019 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include Bank of America, Battelle, Best Buy, Blue Moon, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, COTA, CoverMyMeds, Duke’s Mayonnaise, Easton, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeter’s, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, Jose Cuervo, L Brands Foundation, LAZ Parking, Legoland, MORPC, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Reed Arts, Schoedinger, Smart Columbus, Three Olives Vodka, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, White Castle, Whole World Lemonade 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.
Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org
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For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.