Steven Olszewski Takes Best of Show at 2013 Columbus Arts Festival
For immediate releaseJune 8, 2013
Contact: Jami Goldstein
Columbus, Ohio – Steven Olszewski, ceramics from Pinckney, MI, took home $2,000 and the best of show award today at the 2013 Columbus Arts Festival. Olszewski, located at booth M-277 on Main Street Bridge, will be selling his award-winning work, along with approximately 270 other artists from across the nation, and the world, at the Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable 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.
Ten 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)
– Nicario Jimenez, 3D Mixed Media (Naples, FL, booth R-87)
– Thomas Savrda, Mixed Media (Kent, CT, booth R-074)
– Angelia McKee, Glass (Logan, OH, booth R-030)
Jurors’ Choice, 2-Dimensional ($1,000 each)
– Robin Lauersdorf, Drawing (Monona, WI, booth M-240)
– Jason Jenkins, Painting (Nashport, OH, booth C-135)
– Robert Flowers, Painting (Summerfield, NC, booth C-138)
Merit Award ($500 each)
– Clifford Lounsbury, Wood (Tawas City, MI, booth M-242)
– Erika Bell, 3D Mixed Media (Flower Mound, TX, booth M-288)
– Lance Munn, Wood (Bloomfield, IN, booth M-210)
Best Presentation ($500)
– Joan Rasmussen, Sculpture (Atlanta, GA, booth R-5)
Best Emerging Artist
Frank Kozarich, Photography (Columbus, OH, 43224; booth R-22)
Begun 52 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 270 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 Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2013 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors to date are Adept, American Electric Power Foundation, Bic, Blue Moon, Coca-Cola, Dine Originals, FlyColumbus.com, Glazer’s, Hollywood Casino, Huntington, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Live! Technologies, Orange Barrel Media, and The Westin. Media sponsors include Alive, Ohio Magazine, WBNS 10TV, WOSU, CD102.5, WCBE 90.5FM, Mix 107.9 & Rewind 103.5/104.3.
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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