Ohio Made 2014




The Ohio Art League, along with the Ohio Historical Society, Columbus Idea Foundry, Cultural Arts Center, and Art and Artists of 614 are proud to present the second annual Ohio Made: Celebrating Artists Now Festival. This All-Ohio Arts Festival recognizes the art of fellow Ohioans against the backdrop of the charming, historical Ohio Village. 

The Celebrating Artists Now Recognition Reception will take place Friday, September, 26th (the night before the Festival) from 6:30- 9 pm to commemorate elders in the art community and recognize the art contributions of Ohio Native Americans. Examples of recognized artists will be on display and local artwork will be raffled. Most notable artists’ works will be chosen for the Juror’s Choice Award, and their works will be on display alongside the works of the esteemed jurors, Barb Vogel and Kojo Kamau.

Join us for Ohio Made: Celebrating Artists Now on Saturday, September 27 from 10 am to 5 pm for a unique celebration of, for, and by local artists. Stroll through a marketplace of artists while enjoying food, music, and artistic demonstrations within the Ohio Village. Notable local artists will be specially recognized and a juried art show will be on display.


Deadline for vendor registration is Sunday, August 3rd at 11:59 pm. Click here to register via the OAL homepage.

For more information regarding the festival, vendors, awards, or events, visit the Ohio Historical Society website.

Group Ten Fine Art Gallery: A Call for Entries


Group Ten Gallery, a new contemporary artist-run gallery located in the heart of downtown Kent, Ohio, is hosting its first juried exhibition to kick off the summer. Jurors for the show are Christine Havice, the Director of the School of Art at Kent State University, and Lou Zona, the Director of the Butler Institute of American Art.

Artists living within 125 miles of Kent are eligible to enter and must hand deliver their artwork to the gallery between May 29- 31. Two-dimensional artwork created within the past two years, including painting, drawing, collage, and mixed media, must be suitably framed and ready to hang. Photographic images will not be accepted. 

Judging takes place the week of June 2 

The $35 non-refundable entry fee which must be paid upon delivery of artwork to the gallery. Group Ten Gallery will retain a 35% commission on all sales during the exhibition. All submitting artists will be notified via e-mail or self-addressed stamped envelope after judging the week of June 2. 

The Regional Juried Exhibition takes place from June 20- July 19, 2014 with an Opening Reception and Cash Awards the night of June 20 from 6-9 pm

The gallery will accept hand delivered entries from May 29, 30, 31 at the following address:

Group Ten Gallery

138 Burbick Way (alley)

Kent, Ohio 44240


To download the prospectus and submit an entry, click here to visit the Group Ten Gallery website!


2014 Senior Art Exhibitions

Senior year of college takes a great deal out of students, but you can find out what some of them took back by visiting some of the Senior Art Exhibitions offered by universities across Ohio. Find out what scared, excited, and most of all inspired young artists in pursuit of their dreams.

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Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio displays seniors’ work every week from now until May 16, 2014. This week, stop in the Miller Gallery on Collegeview Road to get a glimpse of what senior Art Majors Haley Anne Amicon, Chelsea Musselman, Kathleen Agnes Quigley, and Liza Wilensky have been up to. The Wabi-Sabi exhibition is on display through April 17. Click here for a complete list of upcoming events in the area.

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Ohio Wesleyan University’s HAPPENINGS Senior Art Show takes place from now until May 11 at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum in Delaware, Ohio. The show combines works of various media and subject matter by senior Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts majors. For a look at the 18 artists and a preview of their works, visit the HAPPENINGS Sneak Peak page.

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 5.12.28 PMMount Vernon Nazarene University hosts A Barely-Burning Wick, by senior artist Matthew King. The show dates are April 28- May 2, with a Closing Reception the last night of the show. Be sure to catch the Artist Talk Thursday May 1 at 7 pm. For a list of MVNU’s 2014 Exhibition Schedule, download the PDF here.


Glass Axis Presents “Student & Recent Graduate Showcase Exhibit”


Kelsey Finnie, a 2013 Ohio State University graduate, kickstarts Glass Axis’ “Student & Recent Graduate Showcase Exhibit” series with her Spontaneous Actions: Doodles in Glass exhibition. Finnie’s exhibit is a three-dimensional personification of the act of doodling on a page as she lets the artwork create itself. 

Kelsey explores the use of glass cane, which is traditionally used as a surface decoration in vessels, to draw through space. Finnie’s free form cane doodling leaves the margins of her notebook to create an all encompassing experience of walking through a drawing.

“Doodles are spontaneous in action. The thought is about bringing doodles to life and in the present,” addresses Finnie, “I don’t have a plan when bending and shaping them and even setting them up; it’s a very spontaneous and organic experience and form.”

The exhibit is presently on display in the massive Glass Axis art center through April 26. Whether you are a fellow alumnus of Finnie, want to show support for young adults expressing their ever-expanding ingenuity, or care to explore the adventurous talent of the artist, the enthralling Spontaneous Actions: Doodles in Glass is sure not to disappoint. 


For more information on Kelsey Finnie, click here to check out her website

For details on the exhibit or information about upcoming events, visit the Glass Axis homepage.

Columbus International Film + Video Festival Call for Entries


The Film Council of Greater Columbus was founded in 1950 by Dr. Edgar Dale, professor of educational media at The Ohio State University, and other media professionals interested in promoting the use of 16mm motion pictures. Three years later, their efforts grew into the Columbus Film Festival, and today the Festival is known as the Columbus International Film+Video Festival, or the CIF+VF. The Festival has been going strong ever since, making it the longest-running film festival in North America!

Through the years, the CIF+VF has honored thousands of films, filmmakers and producers. The Chris Award, the top honor, is proudly displayed in production offices around the world. The Festival’s awards remain a revered prize for industry professionals, but the organization is equally passionate about supporting independent film. The juried competition focuses on rewarding the world’s best films, regardless of origin, while the Festival serves to promote and screen more and more films every year.

With divisions like Animation, Experimental Short, Narrative, Educational, Social Issues, Arts, and Science + Technology (to name a few), video artists may find a comfortable niche or expand their horizons into the unknown genre. Try your hand at multiple divisions, as each has its own jury. 


Deadline for submission is July 1!

For more information on Rules and Regulations, how to enter, or just more details about the Festival, click here to view the PDF form.


Check out some of the handsome awards:



Please make check or international money order payable to: Film Council of Greater Columbus

Send fees with TWO entry forms for EACH entry and your entry to the:

Columbus Film Council

1021 E. Broad Street Columbus, OH 43205

PromoWest Productions: A Call for Entries



The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) in collaboration with PromoWest Productions has announced a call for entries for an annual art exhibit to feature artists, designers and photographers residing in Franklin County. The theme for the 2014 exhibition will be PromoWest Productions 30th Anniversary Celebration, and the selected pieces will become part of the company’s commemorative portfolio!

Work should celebrate the history of PromoWest and its Columbus venues (Newport Music Hall, Polaris Amphitheater, The LC Pavillion, The Basement and the A&R Music Bar) and can depict artists, concerts and/or the venues themselves. A review committee of community and Arena District business representatives will select up to 20 artists for public voting on the project website. The public will select four finalists whose work will be displayed on the south side of A&R Music Bar in the Arena District.


Use this opportunity to show your appreciation for the PromoWest venues, express yourself, or as an excuse to go to more concerts! 



  • The four selected artists from the public vote each will be paid a $500 honorarium by the Arts Council.
  • Entrants must be residents of Franklin County.
  • Any artist and /or photographer, or team of artists and/or photographers or designers is eligible.
  • Only one design per artist/team is allowed, and previous PromoWest concert or venue posters are NOT eligible for submission.


Applicants must register and apply online via the PromoWest Art Exhibit website by May 15, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Shop at Kroger and Support the OAL!



Kroger Community Rewards Program makes it easy to donate to your favorite organizations, like the Ohio Art League. By saving money at Kroger and swiping your Kroger Plus Card, you can help the OAL stick around for another hundred years!


It’s easy for members to enroll or re-enroll in Kroger Community Rewards. If you’re a first time user, click here to be directed to the Kroger Community Rewards website, click on Columbus, OH, then Enroll. If you are re-enrolling in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, go to the website and Sign In

By participating in this Program and selecting the Ohio Art League as your nonprofit organization of choice, a percentage of your Kroger savings will assist the OAL in coming up with new and exciting opportunities for members, unifying our great state of Ohio through the visual arts, and giving back to the community. 


Even if you signed up for Kroger Community Rewards in February or March of this year, you must re-enroll after April 1st to continue earning rewards for the OAL during the coming year!


As always, thanks to all of our members and benefactors for your support through the years!


CoGo Bike Share Bike Contest

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COGo Bike Share announces a call for submissions for a unique bike wrap design for one of our CoGo bikes. This year for their 1-year birthday in July, they want to release a specially designed bike created by a Columbus artist to be released into their system that will be part of fun social media campaigns and competitions throughout their high rising season. They want the design to reflect what inspires people about Columbus, what makes Columbus special, how it
moves them, and how it is US-Powered. The specially designed bike will be launched into their system on July 11th, where it will remain until the beginning of September. Not only will the design and artists be acknowledged on stage with Mayor B. Coleman, but their design will be publicly displayed throughout our fine Cap City and highlighted prominently on the CoGo Bike Share website and social media.

The contest will run from March 31st until April 30th.

After that, our team and the City will decide the winner and the design will be wrapped to a bike. We will notify the top 5 finalists and invite them to our Birthday event at Bicentennial Park on July 11th where the winner will be announced!

The theme of the contest is “Your City. Your Design. Your CoGo.” We’re asking artists to submit designs that speak to how Columbus inspires them and moves them and what makes Columbus #uspowered, CoGo’s theme. The possibilities for this are really endless, which makes it that much more exciting to see the creativity that will go into these designs.

The winner of the contest will receive:

- a one your supply of free burritos from our partner’s at Chipotle (say what!!!)

- A specially designed Seagull bag (the bag will be revealed later in April)

- A year membership to CoGo

- Satisfaction of having their design chosen and having it ridden around the City for the summer season.

Visit CoGo Bike Share to submit your design.

For more information about submissions see PDFs below

Spoke’n Art Design Template

CoGo Call for Submissions- 2014-3-12


Street Painters: Columbus Arts Festival Call For Entries


The 2014 Columbus Arts Festival will feature exciting works of Street Chalk Painting and is seeking artists to participate on June 6, 7 and 8.

Application requires:
- Online application
- A sketch of the work planned to present at the Festival
- An image of a prior work of chalk painting

The selection will depend on the images of work submitted with the online application

The work presented must fit in a 4 x 8 ft. concrete space and must be completed by Saturday evening, June 7. The works will be reviewed by a jury on Sunday, June 8, and the winner will be awarded a cash prize.

Applications must be received by Friday April 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Submission Application Here


FREE Demo: Emlyn Strzempka


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Every last Saturday of the month Glass Axis presents free demonstrations. In March, we feature Emlyn Strzempka and her current body of work ‘Looking for Love in All Wrong Places’. Watch Emlyn take her sketches and drawings, and brings them to life through glass!

This will be the LAST FREE demo!

Saturday, March 30th from 4-6PM at Glass Axis (1341 Norton Avenue)

Check out this artists spunky and carefree characters and sculptures as each piece has been part of a coping mechanism for her love life throughout her ’20 something’ stage of life. The graphic and blatant subject matter tells the story of loves lost in different situations, but expressed from an animalistic point of view. “I see myself as one of these silly creatures, getting caught up in yet another frivolous yet heart-breaking relationship.” says Emlyn.

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Emlyn started blowing glass in 2010 at Bowling Green State University, where she later graduated with her BFA in glass and metal smithing. In 2013, she was offered the technician apprenticeship at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, where she really began developing her hot sculpting aesthetic. She currently works at the Glass Center as an instructor. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Middle West, including the Toledo Museum of Art.

Learn more about Emlyn and her artwork through her