Front Row Center Newsletter from the Greater Columbus Arts Counsil
By Melissa Starker

Each year since 1987, the month of March has been devoted by Presidential decree to a commemoration of women in our society.

An outgrowth of the International Women’s Day, which sprouted from the U.S. labor movement in the early 20th century, Women’s History Month centers on a different theme each year, as set by the National Women’s History Project. For 2014, it’s “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.” According to the project’s website, it’s intended to celebrate “the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women.”

This description is well suited to women devoted to creating fine art. Although this is a challenging, courageous path to follow regardless of gender, women artists throughout history have persevered while stuck in the shadow of their male counterparts. The situation has changed for the better over time; now there is room in the canon of great American artists for the likes of Louise BourgeoisBarbara Kruger and Ann Hamilton. Yet to this day, works by men far outnumber contributions by women in the country’s museums, and male artists garner much higher prices at auction.

Columbus benefits from a community and an infrastructure that creates room for women to play as important a role as men in shaping the city’s cultural profile. Women hold high-ranking positions in all of the city’s major visual art institutions, and a snapshot of the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s most recent grants cycle reveals that individual woman artists are receiving funding support on par with men in virtually all categories.

Credit for the prominence of women artists in the local scene is due in part to the efforts of some of them to band together in groups and develop strength in numbers, whether through organizing exhibitions or simply sharing feelings of empathy and camaraderie. Three all-female groups are currently active in Columbus, and in the coming days, local art lovers will be able to see the results of their work in several of the city’s galleries.

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Via Brasil at the Wexner Center for the Arts Artist Profile
SARAH HAHN Headshot sculptor, multi-media and performance artist

As the most comprehensive online events guide and resource for arts and culture in central Ohio, offers a virtual guide through the Columbus art world with a searchable database of events, concerts, performances and more. is an engaging place for artists and arts organizations to share what they do, with thousands of users per month. The Artist Directory allows visual, performing and literary artists to create a profile and portfolio to showcase their work—for free—and enables art enthusiasts to easily search for and connect with them. Our monthly artist profile series features interviews with some of the many talented individuals who make up central Ohio’s thriving creative community. 

By Alyssa Adkins

For this issue, we interviewed Sarah Hahn, a native Ohioan and local artist whose work harkens back to the classic works of Ancient Greece, but with a twist. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and University of Kentucky, she creates vibrant sculptures of some of today’s most well known figures in the Classical style.  Her work has been on display at the Cleveland Sculpture Center, and even transformed for the public into an ice fountain liquor luge for a local bar. Through her sculptures and performance work she presents a clever and pointed perspective of our current popular culture and society.

“For some the marble sculptures from antiquity, and the Classical and Baroque time periods will always remain the staple of what sculpture is, even though many are unaware of the faces or the ancient myths that the sculptures represent.  This made me think of our current celebrities and the importance that is placed on even their most mundane habits; that just like the ancient sculptures, the stories of these celebrities will ebb away and be forgotten, even though at the present their image is plastered everywhere. “

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Sneak Peek

Available Light Theatre Presents "We Are Proud to Present..."

In this 90-minute, one act play by Jackie Sibblies Drury, an ensemble of young American actors perform a play about the little known first genocide of the 20th century. Opening March 27 and showing various dates through April 12 at the Riffe Center Studio Two Theatre.

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Wild Goose Creative Presents #instacalendar

In March of 2013, visual artist Carl McKinney began #instacalendar, a yearlong photography project using the social media platform Instagram. Carl McKinney will be showing his exhibition at Wild Goose Creative starting March 1, with an opening reception, and running until March 31.

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COSI Hosts The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

The game is afoot at COSI! Running through September 1, 2014, follow in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes on his pursuit to crack the most intricate mysteries using the powers of deduction and the most cutting-edge 19th century techniques of forensic science.

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