Art as Contemporary Folklore at the Acock Gallery

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The exhibition “Art as Contemporary Folklore” is an exploration of art historical precedents and their relationships to the present.
Ohio Art League artist Maria DiFranco investigates these interrelationships through her etchings, paintings, and graphite drawings. Her work contains depictions of the contemporary experience as seen through the eyes of this Ohio Artist. Inspired by the work of Francisco Goya, DiFranco also cloaks her account of contemporary society in symbolism.
“At as Contemporary Folklore” is on display through August 30 at the Acock Gallery of CCAD in Downtown Columbus.


Featured Artist: Maria DiFranco


Maria DiFranco is currently a Graduate Teaching Associate and MFA Candidate at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. DiFranco grew up in Westlake Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Always having an interest in History and Art.

DiFranco attended Rhode Island School of Design for her undergraduate degree where she earned a BFA in Printmaking. Maria continued to live in Providence, Rhode Island for the next several years teaching and exhibiting her artwork. During this time DiFranco was awarded second place in the Fidelity Investments juried exhibition Growth, third place in the National Society of Arts and Letters Printmaking Competition New York Chapter, and was named a finalist in the Rhode Island School of Design Printmaking Competition.


Recently Maria has been very busy not only with school, but with showcasing her artwork. Maria was one of five chosen artists form ROY G BIV Gallery to hang murals around the Short North Arts District in February. She has a upcoming exhibition opening April 4th in Cleveland, Ohio called ‘Vacancy/No Vacancy’ and a MCE exhibition with Ohio Art League mid year. While Maria awaits her opening MCE at Ohio Art League, she has been selected as a OAL’s first ‘Featured Artist’ and you can view her online exhibition below!

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Maria DiFranco

Ohio Art League

Maria DiFranco: Featured Artist Exhibition