Fall Juried Exhibition


**Submissions Deadline: August 3, 2015 at 11:59am (Noon)**

Visual artists, 18 years of age or older who live in the state of Ohio, are eligible for entry in the Ohio Art League’s Spring Juried Exhibition. Awards will be determined by juror selection after installation of artwork. Awards will be announced at the reception.

Exhibition runs: September 8 – October 15, 2015

Juror of Esteem: Mary Gray, Directer of the Riffe Gallery, Ohio Arts Council

Opening reception: Friday, September 11, 2015 from 6-8pm

Artist Notifications: 
August 15, 2015
Artist work drop off: August 24 – 28 at Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery from 9am – 4pm daily
Artist work pickup: October 19 & 20 from 8am – 4pm
* Any artwork not picked up will need to contact Ohio Art League at al@oal.org or at 614-299-8225

March – April Workshops at the Cultural Arts Center

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Red Hot Raku

Raku firing’s unpredictability and intense process have allotted for it’s popularity over the years. Western rake firing is a procedure in which work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-fire reduction. Instructed by well-known Columbus artists Sandy Lang and Walter Weil.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

12:30 – 5:30 PM


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Blacksmithing 101

A hands-on workshop directed for beginners only, Blacksmithing 101 will teach students basic forging techniques such as building and controlling a coke fire and how to use a gas forge. Participants will make several pieces during the workshop. Instructor Paul Ailing has been blacksmithing for over 30 years.

Saturday and Sunday

9 AM – 3 PM

Choose from these Sessions: March 14 & 15April 18 & 19May 2 & 3, or May 30 & 31

Calligraphy: It’s Not Just for Bibles Anymore

Participants will learn the fundamentals of the foundational style of lettering, and try their hand at the graceful form of art. Students are asked to bring Speedball C-3 Nib, Pen Holder, Black Ink (Higgins, Pellikan Fount India), Ruler, Pencil, Notebook. Instructed by calligraphers Carol Kimball and Sandy Schaadt.

Saturday, March 28

10 AM – 1 PM


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It’s Always the Write Time: Creative Writing Workshop

This fun and creative journey into the world of creative writing will get your ballpoint pen rolling. Taught by Mimi Chenfeld.

Saturday, April 18

10 AM – 2 PM


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Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colours

Winsor & Newton offers the world’s most diverse range of professional products, including oils and acrylic colors, innovative mediums, and a revolutionary range of painting tools. Big plus: participants receive samples of Winsor & Newton Artist Materials (hooray!)

Saturday, April 11

1 – 4 PM

FREE DEMO! (limited to 30 participants)

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Artists’ Panel Discussion for ImageOHIO 15 at ROY G BIV


ROY G BIV Gallery proudly presents ImageOHIO 15, the 15th annual exhibition celebrating Ohio’s best photography, video art, and various digital media works. The exhibition is currently on display at the Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery (gallery hours: Mon- Fri 9 am- 5 pm) through February 20, 2015.

Join these great selected artists, some of which are OAL members, for the Artists’ Panel Discussion the closing night of ImageOHIO 15– Fri., February 20 – from 1 PM to 2 PM.

Get more information on ImageOHIO 15 and see what other great things ROY G BIV offers!


Upper Arlington’s Concourse Gallery to host OAL Member-artists!

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On display from January 7- 30, you can check out Ohio Art League member artists Louise CapteinN. Penney Denning, and Christine Guillot Ryan for Concourse Gallery‘s Collage 2015 Exhibition.

Along with other artists, these three OAL members explore a wide range of approaches to the medium of collage or collage-mixed media. Creating these two- and three- dimensional works allows the artists to be more flexible and spontaneous before committing to a final composition.

Join us Sunday January 11, 2015 from 3- 5 p.m.at Concourse Gallery in Upper Arlington for Collage 2015 Opening Reception. 

Stay tuned through the winter, because curator and OAL member-artist Char Norman is going to stretch the traditional view of photography this spring with Beyond Photography at the Concourse Gallery.

From May 1 through June 26, 2015Beyond Photography brings together a diverse group of artists who use photography as an element of their work; from photogravure, a photo-mechanical process which results in a high quality intaglio print, encaustic and even iPhone snapshots, Norman incorporates various aspects of the photographical process as progressive categories for the medium.


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.


100 Under 100 at CS Gallery

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CS Gallery is proud to announce that it will be hosting the gallery’s 100th show,100 Under 100! We’re proud too, guys!

The exhibition will feature 100 works from fifty spectacular local artists, like Ohio Art League member artist Chris Pemberton, and each will sell at least one of his or her works for 100 bucks or less. If you’ve been interested in starting your art collection, but haven’t quite had the means to that end, this is definitely the show for you!

CS Gallery will exhibit 100 Under 100 from November 8th through the 30th, with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 14th from 6- 9 pm. The reception is to feature live music by Jeff McCargish!

For more info., have a look-see at the 100 Under 100 page.


Morris Jackson and Ashley Pierce at Lindsay Gallery!

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Ohio Art League members Morris Jackson and Ashley D. Pierce, along with many other great artists, will be showcasing some of their handmade masterpieces at Lindsay Gallery on North High Street in Columbus this month.

Past and present Ohio folk artists, with an emphasis on those self-taught, will be on display at Lindsay Gallery for the Ohio Self-Taught Exhibit. The gallery will host a Champagne Brunch Reception for the exhibition on November 9th at 1 pm.

For more information about the event or exhibit, find Lindsay Gallery on Facebook!


Round up your friends and join us for a Member’s Social!

In honor of our theme for One Night 2014, we would like to tribute and spend some time with our members and get to know those of you interested in joining OAL!

Discuss events, future programming, volunteer opportunities and whatever else you can think of with some of Ohio Art League’s administrators and members of the organization, and Board of Trustees. Join us at Strongwater Food and Spirits for drinks, h’orderves, and conversation on Wednesday September 17 at 5:30 pm.

Check out our Event Calendar or find out more about becoming a member!

CCAC is now accepting proposals for its Main Gallery for 2016 and 2017.

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Main Gallery

The Columbus Cultural Arts Center is now accepting proposals for exhibitions in its Main Gallery for 2016 – 2017. Proposals are welcome from individuals or groups/organizations working in all visual arts media. The Center’s Main Gallery is one of the premier art exhibit locations in central Ohio, with very good public exposure, and opportunities for a variety of events in conjunction with an exhibition (e.g., workshops, musical performances, dance, poetry).

Deadline for proposals is December 31st, 2014. Jurying by staff of the Cultural Arts Center will take place in the first quarter 2015, with notification of successful entries by mid-April, 2015.

Exhibition Proposal Guidelines are available at The Columbus Cultural Art Center’s website


Get to know the fine-print at our Artist Contract Workshop!

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This Saturday, August 9th, from 1- 3 pm the Ohio Art League invites you to better discover the ins and outs of exhibition and gallery representation at our Artist Contract Workshop. Know what to look for in contracts so that you, as an artist, may better protect yourself and your rights from bad legal jargon. Be tricked no more!

Join professionals Annie Hancock, Andrew Holford, and Julie Abijanac at Strongwater this Saturday afternoon for the fifth installment of our Symposium Workshop Series.

Click here to pre-register and get a glimpse of our upcoming workshops!

*Please be reminded that although free WiFi is available, parking in the Strongwater lot is not. Additional street parking is ample in the surrounding blocks.