Livingston Park Public Art Project- Streetcar District Series

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The Neighborhood Design Center, with support from The Columbus Public Art Program, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Columbus Foundation and the Dailey Foundation has launched the Request for Qualification/Artist Call for the Livingston Park Public Art Project.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2015 by 5 PM

Visit the website for the details

Livingston Park, located on Livingston Avenue across the street from Children’s Hospital, between Ann Street and South 18th Street in Columbus, is a prime location to showcase a community-oriented and historically-themed masterpiece. The project is the second in a series to celebrate Livingston Avenue as the location of the first streetcar line in Columbus. Artists living and/or working in Ohio are welcome to submit qualifications for this excellent opportunity.
Budget: $50,000, all inclusive.

R.A.W. Gallery to host “Art Collector’s Show” Reception Fri. Jan 23rd

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R.A.W. Gallery in Downtown Columbus is hosting the 2nd Annual Art Collector’s Show, in which the owner of an artwork exhibits his or her favorite pieces of art!

Join us this Friday, January 23rd from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at R.A.W. Gallery for the Art Collector’s Show Reception to experience this rare show in which artists, collectors, art enthusiasts, and art lovers may understand why an Art Collector chose a particular piece of original art to purchase and appreciate all their own.

Check out what some of central Ohio’s collectors are, well, collecting and why.

R.A.W. Gallery hours of operation are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12:00 PM (noon) to 5 pm, or by appointment. Contact gallery owner, George Leach, for information.


Thumb Box is upon us!

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During the month of December, the Ohio Art League will host its annual Thumb Box Exhibition of small works at RAW Gallery. The surface may be small, but the work is large! For this intriguing show, member artists entered 2D or 3D works which measure no more than 6”x6”x6” in dimension.

With a long and storied tradition, the first exhibition of this type was held in 1916 and continued annually during the early part of the League’s history. After a hiatus, Thumb Box returned in 2006 and now continues into 2014.
Join us for the Opening Reception this Friday (Dec. 5) from 6- 9 pm.

Thumb Box runs December 5, 2014 – January 2, 2015 at RAW Gallery, 112 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43215.

The gallery is free and open to the public. View this holiday exhibition on Fridays 4-8pm, Saturdays 12-6pm, and Sundays 12-4pm.


“Before They’re Famous” Fall Art Sale at CCAD

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Ohio Art League’s very own Esther Hall, along with Paul Palnik and Rebecca Ibel, is one of the jurors for the Columbus College of Art and Design’s Fall Art Sale, Before They’re Famous; so, you know it’s going to be epic.

Before They’re Famous is to take place in the Loann Crane Center for Design at CCAD on December 6, 2014.

Tickets are available at the door starting at 9 a.m. the day of the sale. Those who arrive from 9- 10 a.m. get the first choicesof these local, pre-famed artists’ goodies at $50 a ticket per person. General Admission is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and tickets are just $5 a person. Who can say no to that?

Support Ohio’s up-and-coming artists on their path to greatness, and don’t miss out on some of the free workshops and demonstrations available to all visitors!

  • Experience Art in the Making
  • How to Buy Artwork
  • Interpreting Art

Parking is free on CCAD lots, and admission sales help fund student scholarships while sale proceeds directly benefit the artists!

Don’t miss this semiannual juried exhibition; over 100 students, alumni, and faculty are participating!

For more information, visit the CCAD event’s page, and we will see you on December 6!

Submit your entries for the 2015 Columbus Arts Festival!!

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Applications for the 2015 Festival are open and ready for your entries!

Visual Artist Applications

Artists that are interested may apply via the online application tool (orvisit the CAF site) and submit four digital images of their work, along with one image of their booth display. A jury panel, selected by the CAF Coordinating Committee, conducts a blind jury process, so no biographical information about the artists will be present. Thus, Ohio artists, make sure your works stand out! The artists with the top scores are invited to participate in the Columbus Arts Festival!

Download a complete Prospectus for full information in order to apply for the Visual Artist booth.

Emerging Artist Application

For those of you just starting out in the festival display field,  the Columbus Arts Festival offers a separate application tolocal artistswho are new to exhibiting at art fairs through GCAC’s Emerging Artists program!

The Emerging Artist program is designed specifically for artists who have extremely limited or no experience exhibiting and selling their artwork at arts festivals. Artists who apply in this category must be residents of Franklin, Union, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Fayette and Madison counties.

Emerging Artist applicants still apply as the Visual Artists do, and the jurying process is conducted as previously stated. Emerging Artists should also download the Prospectus.
The deadline for Visual Artist and Emerging Artist applications is JANUARY 16! For more options to enter the Columbus Arts Festival,visit the CAF website for the various mediums and talent genres for the 2015 Festival.


Andrew McCauley at ROY G BIV this Saturday!

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Join member artist Andrew McCauley at ROY G BIV Gallery from Nov. 1 through Nov. 29!

“His works incorporate the human figure into a blended, narrative landscape that depicts memory loss. McCauley’s works depict various diseases have on humans minds and bodies.

The artist’s characters are caught in the experience of nervous and circulatory system failure and, ultimately, a total loss of mobility. Each is surrounded by the deconstruction and fractioning of archetypal memories. The playful, intentionally unsophisticated characters act as a balance to lighten the heavy connotation of their decline.”

Don’t miss the Opening Reception during Gallery Hop in Columbus on Saturday Nov. 1 from 7 -10pm.

The artists will participate in an Artist Talk on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the ROY Gallery at 2:30 pm.


Austin Burnside at MadLab Theatre & Gallery through Saturday!

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If you haven’t stopped out to MadLab in Downtown Columbus, you’re missing all kinds of greatness. First, the impromptu theatre has a show going on called “Memory Fragments” by Sam Wallin. In “Memory Fragments,” Detective Cloud navigates this all-too-plausible vision of the future in which our memories are depicted in three dimensions, as he examines the shattered and decaying memories of a young man brutally murdered. Creepy and brilliant: the perfect Halloween combo.

Alongside the show, Ohio Art League member artist Austin Burnside is exhibiting his Loom Series Blue Molly in the MadLab Gallery. The show and exhibition are going on through Saturday, November 1.

Austin stated, “My motivations for these works deals with labor and ingenuity. I want these pieces to talk about the livelihood for blue-collar men and women by using their trades to describe their personality and who they are beyond face value. I engineer these sculptures and paintings to become fun, intriguing, or unique to describe more of a complex situation.”

Thumb Box Exhibition: Small Surface, Big Art!

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Each year, the Ohio Art League puts on a non-juried exhibition, in which we display any of our members’ submitted works within the confines of a 6″ x 6″ x 6″ boundary. Thumb Box Exhibition allows our organization to proudly portray our members and their talents, despite the miniature canvas.

There is no fee to submit for current members, so make sure you attempt to log in before filling out the submission form. Don’t forget to upload images of your work, so that we can brag about y’all on social media 😉

Deadline for submission is Saturday, November 29 by NOON (12 pm)

Thumb Box will be exhibiting from December 4, 2014 through January 2, 2015 at RAW Gallery in Downtown Columbus. Don’t miss the Opening Reception on December 4 from 7 -10 pm!

PS- Many of the members’ works act as perfect holiday gifts!!


SKYLAB’s Rapid Response Curating Workshop

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Rapid Response Curatingis a newly developed strategy in collecting and curating objects that has been adopted by the V&A Museum to reflect “the changing way fast-moving global events influence society.”

“The rapid response collecting strategy is a new strand to the V&A museum’s collections policy, which can respond very quickly to events relevant to design and technology.”

V&A has acquired Katy Perry Lashes, the first 3D-printed gun, and a pair of jeans purchased from Primark that were made near the Plaza factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which collapsed earlier this year.

In this workshop, we will be examining this new strategy, talking about the history and future of curating, and applying our knowledge of the strategy to create our own work/pieces. An exhibition of the work will be on display the following day and evening.

It will be first come, first serve with room for 15 participants.E-mail Paigeif you’re interested or have questions! The Workshop takes place from 10 am to 9 pm Fri. Oct. 17.

For more information on SKYLAB and all the innovations they’re bringing to our fine Cap City, visit their website!


A Beneficial Affair: Cultural Arts Center, Glass Axis, and You, of course!

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Come out to support your local gaffing station, Glass Axis at the Cultural Arts Center’s Beneficial Affair!

Tonight (Sept. 4th) from 5:30 to 7 in the evening you may enjoy the provided live music while strolling the CAC’s main exhibit. Admission is free (donations support the Glass Axis move and are greatly appreciated) and attendees have the opportunity to purchase art from the exhibition Converging Boundaries, mixed media art by OAL member Christine Guillot Ryan. As if that’s not enough, Glass Axis artists will also be providing a limited selection of Glass Art for sale and fund-raising.

The Cultural Arts Center is located at 139 W. Main St., and proceeds from the event will aide Glass Axis’s relocation and glass art programming.

Don’t miss out!