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.


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.


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!

For more information check out these sites:

Maria DiFranco

Ohio Art League

Maria DiFranco: Featured Artist Exhibition