Call For Entry! Fall Juried Exhibition


Submissions are now open for our annual Fall Juried Exhibition

     These exhibitions have been held every year since 1910. Nationally renowned artists, judges, and curators attend the event .Our most recent juror Denny Griffith who judged our Spring Juried Exhibition. They are held at locations such as the Columbus Museum of Art, Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery, and the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.

The Submission Deadline is September 23rd

     The Juror of Esteem this year will be, Rod Bouc, Deputy Director of Operations at the Columbus Museum of Art.



McConnell Arts Center of Worthington.

Exhibition Runs

October 30, 2014 – January 5, 2015

Artist Notifications

October 3rd

Opening Reception

October 30, 2014 from 6-8pm, McConnell Arts Center

Artist work drop off

October 26 12-5pm & October 21 10am-6pm at McConnell Arts Center

Artist work pick up

January 4 12-5pm & January 5 10am-6pm at McConnell Arts Center

Apply by clicking the following link

 FJE App

Congratulations are in order!

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We at the Ohio Art League are exceptionally proud of all those accepted into the 2014 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition!

Furthermore, we would like to showcase some of our outstanding members and their artworks that had been juried into the Fine Arts Exhibition, as well as those that won awards!

2nd Best of Show : Amy Parrish, Human Objects Series: Untitled

Professional Honorable Mention: Ardine Nelson Sullivant Hall 4280, Paul Emory Downtown Demo, Paula Nees Mystery Sister, Barbara Vogel Julie, Morris Jackson Tilted

Short Film Exposition Award Best of Show: Andrew Ina “A Day in the Life of a Ballerina”

Ohio Arts Council OAC Awards: Paula Nees Jumping Through Hoops, Shelley Baird Countervailing, Jill Raymundo Luna

OAC Purchase Award: Amy Adams Little Lamb’s Lunch

GCAC Short Film Award: Lexie Stoia, Linda Diec, and Liz Roberts “Earcatcher”

McConnell Arts Center of Worthington Professional Award: Kelly McDermott Rooftops Winter

City of Upper Arlington Award: Shelley Baird Countervailing

Hazen-Taft Award: Amy Adams A Morning with the Hens

CAW Award Professional: Paula Nees Thelma

Westbridge Camera Club Amateur Photo Award B&W: Caroline Kraus That Food Truck Kid

Albanese Campbell, Karen

Baird, Shelley

Bogle, Bridgette

Burk, Christopher

Burke, Ruth

Di Giacomo, Lisa

Emory, Paul

Fohl, Mark

Graham, Paul

Hudson, Andy

Ina, Andrew

Jackson, Morris

Joslin, Kelly

Jurus, Richard

Knee, Sophie

Leibrand, Amy

Lang, Chris

McDermott, Kellie 

McGhee, Kathy 

Mlicki, Ronald

Nees, Paula

Nelson, Ardine

Parrish, Amy

Savage, Molly

Scranton, Jenny

Short, David

Strouss, Nicki

Studzinski, Robert

Vogel, Barbara

Wilbur, Paul

 Adams, Amy

Cochran, Chad

Daily, Sharon Munch

Kraus, Caroline

Ott, Erica

The Fine Arts Exhibition is definitely a must see at the Cox Fine Arts Center, so stop out to the Ohio State Fair (which starts today!) through August 3rd! For more information, click here!

Contract Writing Workshop!

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It’s that time again! Contracts can be a tricky beast and intimidating for artists and curators, but our lectures will break down the finer details that are important to protecting the artist and their rights. The ‘Best Practices for Professional Development Workshop’ Contract Writing will cover what artists should look for in contracts for exhibitions and gallery representation.

Join OAL experienced artist Julie Abijanac and Legal Advisor Ann Hancock Saturday August 9th from 1- 3 pm at Strongwater (401 W Town St, Columbus, OH 43215) to get some insight on more of the legal aspects  and how to read the fine print of exhibition paperwork.

Sign up via the Ohio Art League Professional Workshop page, and check out other Symposium Workshops we have to offer!

Don’t miss out on these great opportunities to connect.


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 OPPArt Series (Opportunities for Artists) What is the OPPArt Series? 

GCAC’s OPPArt Series is a way for local artists and creative people to connect with each other and further themselves and their work through professional workshops, roundtable discussions, social events and more. Join us for one, two, or all of the events listed below. Events are free unless otherwise noted. 

To pre-register for any event or for more information, call or e-mail Deanna Poelsma at or 




Click the link to read more about GCAC and OPPArt series:

MCE: Art as Contemporary Folklore


An Ohio Art League Member Curated Exhibition by Maria DiFranco and curated by Lillianna Marie is currently being hosted at CCAD

Located in the Canzani Center on the 2nd floor, Acock Gallery.

About The Artist:

Maria DiFranco grew up in a suburb in Cleveland, Ohio with an interest in art and history. She earned a BFA in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. From there she went on to earn a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Arts for her project “Conserving the Cultural Heritage of Providence, Rhode Island.’ She is currently having works shown at multiple exhibitions and is a Graduate Teaching Associate at The Ohio State University.

About The Curator:

Lilliana Marie was born in Connecticut. She earned a B.A. Visual Linguistic Studies and a B.Sc in Coastal Science from the University of Connecticut. She has also studied photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is presently continuing to work on her art as well as pursue her MFA at The Ohio State University.

 DiFranco’s works will be up until August 30th. The closing reception will be on closing day from 6pm – 8 pm.


Travel through time with OAL and make new memories at Ohio Made!


As we at the Ohio Art League are tossing around ideas for this year’s “Tribute” One Night event, a fundraiser honoring the history of OAL and the marvelous people that make it all possible, we invite you to share in our chronology by checking out various articles from archives we have collected over the years. Check out the first post to get an idea.

Additionally, Ohio Made: All-Ohio Art Festival is approaching, and we would like to take this time to remind you of the Award’s Ceremony hosted the night prior to Ohio Made on Friday September 26 from 6- 9 in the evening. We are excited to be honoring long-time Ohio Art League members Barb Vogel and Kojo Kamau; two accomplished Ohio artists that have been recognized as ‘elders’ in the art community. Their hard work and creativity will be credited in this VIP recognition ceremony, catered by Cameron Mitchell.1923awards

The Ohio Made Festival is not only a celebration of local art, but of art enthusiasts and patrons as well. This award reception will include catered h’orderves by Cameron Mitchell, music, art raffle, honorary awards celebration, and local artists. Tickets and/or Sponsorship tables ($60 Single Ticket/$110 for 2 pair with 2 drink tickets) can be purchased for the reception, and, as always, we appreciate all the donations.

The Ohio Art League has been honoring and awarding members and artists within our community since before we were even expanded to cover all of Ohio! The Columbus Art League hosted annual shows, somewhat like our Ohio Made Juried Exhibition, in which prizes were awarded based on merit of the artwork. First, Second, Third place and Honorable Mentions were awarded to artists like Walter B. O. Frank, Alice Schille, and Ray Kinsman Waters in the 1923 Thirteenth Annual Exhibition of the Columbus Art League.

We sincerely hope you join us for the celebration that is Ohio Made! Sign up for a Vendor Booth as registration is open through August 3rd, or enter into the Juried Exhibition (non-OAL member or OAL member registration) by the same date. Prizes will be awarded for top entries by the jurors, as well as a People’s Choice– a concept also taken on in the Ohio Art League’s early days, in which attendees of an exhibition were asked to vote for their favorite pieces!


Get more information on our sponsors, vendors, and how to sign up by visiting our Ohio Made page, and don’t forget to check our blog and Facebook page every week to keep an eye out for our fun history facts as a tribute to OAL’s last 105 years of reaching out to the community and our members, past and present.


 Juried Exhibition submissions are still open! Deadline is August 3rd at 11:59 pm. 

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We are privileged to announce that Barb Vogel and Kojo Kamau, two very influential artists and individuals in the arts community will be our jurors of esteem!


APPLY TODAY! Enter in the juried exhibition to win 4 cash prizes. You will also have the opportunity to display your work at the Ohio History Connection Center for a month running after the OHIO MADE event alongside work by Barb Vogel and Kojo Kamau. 


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Click the link to learn more about Ohio Made:

Non member sign up:

Member sign up:




Check out ‘Ten Rooms’ by Chad Cochran tonight in Cleveland!

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OAL member Chad Cochran is a visiting artist/photographer at the 78th street studios. Cochran shares his unique reproductions of national rural landscapes, decaying barns, homes, vintage signs etc. in this installation starting now through August 15.


His haunting technique puts an erie spin on the photos of decaying landscapes. No longer is the house just a dilapidated structure but a structure that haunts your mind and provokes thought of history. 

Check out his provoking photos tonight at Cleveland’s Every Third Friday of the month from 5 – 9 pm. 78th street studios hosts over 40 venues open at the same time to present compelling visual exhibits, ambient music, delicious cuisine, and pop up vendors. Named Cleveland’s Best Arts Event by Scene Magazine and Best of Yelp Cleveland, “Third Fridays’ event in Cleveland. 


78th Street Studios, in the Laurel Herbold Studio 

1300 West 78th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44102

Two showings:

noon-4pm and also 5pm-9pm
Spice Box Cafe will be open for lunch.

Ten Rooms: New Work by Chad Cochran at 78th Street Studios!

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Every Third Friday of the month from 5 – 9 pm, over 40 venues inside 78th Street Studios open up at the same time to present compelling visual exhibits, ambient music, delicious cuisine, and pop up vendors. Named Cleveland’s Best Arts Event by Scene Magazine and Best of Yelp Cleveland, Third Fridays is a multisensory art experience like nothing else in the region. With four different floors of eclectic architecture and visual displays, 78th Street Studios is a retail adventure that allows the public to interact with Cleveland’s living artists and to discover authentic art, furniture, and cuisine made in this region.

That’s why the Ohio Art League would like to congratulate member-artist Chad Cochran on his inclusion in this month’s Third Friday cultural collaboration! Follow the link to learn more about the artist on his photography homepage.

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In an effort to get back in touch with his roots in rural Fredericktown, Ohio, Chad began taking photographs of the rustic landscapes that surrounded him as a child. His fascination with decaying buildings and vintage signs provides him with the connection to the small town he grew up in and the ability to share those experiences with us art lovers.

Tonight (July 18th), you can get a firsthand glimpse at some of Cochran’s photography on display in the Laurel Herbold Studio, Suite 107 in 78th Street Studios from 5- 9:30 pm, or by appointment.

Ten Rooms: New Work is a culmination of some of Cochran’s reproductions of dilapidated barns and houses, vintage signage, and rural landscapes. Cochran’s use of image with object elicits a nostalgic response in which the viewer can’t help feeling an intimate connection with the scene.

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See our beloved Ohio countryside in new form in Ten Rooms, now through August 15th at 78th Street Studios, 1300 W 78th St., Cleveland, Ohio.

For more information on Third Fridays or other great events 78th Street Studios has to offer, check out the website here!

Click to see other artists featured by 78th Street Studios.

Culturehall is calling all artists!

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Fall New Artists Feature Application Call

Culturehall, a curated digital artist registry, invites artists working in all disciplines to participate in an open call for applications. From this call for submissions, four artists will be selected for inclusion in the New Artists Feature – a quarterly publication that highlights each artist’s work through text and images. The fall issue publishes October 1, 2014 on the Culturehall homepage and as a newsletter to 10,000 arts professionals. Artists are asked to send in links or images of five (5) pieces of artwork for review.  

Applications are $35, and selected artist will be able to share his or her entire portfolio with no additional fees or subscriptions.

Deadline for submission is August 12 by 11:59 pm.

Find out more and sign up today!


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