Award Nominations


On October 16 at COSI located at 333 W. Broad St. from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. The Greater Columbus Arts Council will be handing out awards for those who have made great local contributions to art in Columbus

The Categories are:

Arts Educator – Teachers K-12

Emerging Arts Leader – Individual under 40 years old

Arts Partner – Civic, Community, or Business leader

Large Business – Business with 500 or more employees

Medium Business – Business with 50 – 499 employees

Small Business -Business with under 50 employees

Deadline for nominations is Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nominations are only accepted online at the following link Nomination Form

Hey Ohioans! Want to learn the How to’s of Proposing an Exhibition? JOIN US!

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This ‘Best Practices for Professional Artists’ workshop will discuss how to approach art galleries and other venues when looking to propose an exhibition. You will learn what to look for in a contract and how to draft one as an artist from a legal aspect.

Saturday August 9th 1pm-3pm

Strongwater Food and Spirits

400 West Town St.

Join Annie Hancock and Julie Abijanac for this hands on workshop.

We look forward to seeing you!

Guest Curators at CS Gallery!

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To keep this summer fresh and exciting CS Gallery is embarking on a new collaborative adventure!! Through the summer, they invited some very exciting individuals to curate some amazing shows– some of which are Ohio Art League members! The August installment highlights some of the staff of the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and Artists.

Laine Bachmann

Ameila Bruskotter

Michael Bush

Kim Covell Maurer

Mary Ann Crago

Christine Gouillot Ryan

Cassidy Rae Limbach

Deanna Poelsma

Amandda Tirey

Lisa McLymont

Jason Moore

With special musical guest:

Jeff McCargish

*Curators in bold are Ohio Art League members. Way to go, guys!

To see a full list of the Featured Monthly Exhibition, take a look at the CS Gallery NX Exhibit page.

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While you’re at it, OAL member-artist Char Norman is exhibiting Nature As Deity August 5- 25 at CS Gallery. The Artist Reception is to be held Aug. 22 from 6- 9pm, with a sneak preview of the show on Saturday August 1!

T-minus 4 days!

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Never fear! There’s still time to register for Ohio Made Vendor Booths and the Juried Art Exhibition, but you’ve only got until Sunday (Aug 3) at 11:59 pm!

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the great celebration that is Ohio Made: All- Ohio Arts Festival this September at the historic Ohio Village. The Ohio Made Festival is not only a celebration of local art, but of art enthusiasts and patrons as well. The Award Reception for the Juried Exhibition, held the night before the festival (Sept. 26), will include catered h’orderves by Cameron Mitchell, music, art raffle, honorary awards celebration, and local artists. 

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Exceptional, local food, art, music, and atmosphere are but a few of the perks to signing up-or even attending- the Ohio Made festival on September 27. We are excited to be honoring Barb Vogel and Kojo Kamau; two accomplished Ohio artists that have been recognized as ‘elders’ in the art community. Their hard works and creativity will be credited in the VIP recognition ceremony, and if your works are chosen, you’ll be exhibiting right alongside them!

No matter what artists, demonstrators or crafters sign up for, opportunities for awards are bountiful! Notable local artists will be specially recognized and awards will be given for top entries:

  • The Artistic Accomplishments in Ohio Award
  • Juror’s Choice Awards
  • People’s Choice Award in Best Art in Exhibition
  • People’s Choice Award in Best Booth Setup

 If you’re interested in attending the Awards Reception on September 26 from 6- 9 pm, tickets and/or sponsorship tables may be purchase for the reception. We, of course, appreciate all the donations.

$60 Single Ticket/$110 for a pair with 2 drink tickets
Click the image below to visit the Ohio Made Facebook Page!
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Take a few minutes and look over the details for all the awesome stuff we’ll have going on, and sign up before August 3rd

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.