2011 Community Arts Partnership Award Winners; Artist Excellence Winner Honored at Event in October

On October 20, GCAC awarded three individuals and three businesses with a 2011 Community Arts Partnership Award for their exemplary support of the arts at a luncheon ceremony. Business Award winners are: American Electric Power, LIVE! Technologies, and Brainstorm Media.  The individual winners are: Java Kitrick, Director of the Puffin Foundation West, received the award for Arts Partner. Alex Bandar, founder of the Idea Foundry and PhD engineer received the award for Emerging Arts Leader. Bettye Stull, recipient of the award for Arts Educator, has worked in education for nearly 60 years with Columbus Recreation and Parks and the King Arts Complex.

Additionally, GCAC  presented its Artistic Excellence Award – a $10,000 prize given annually to an arts organization that has demonstrated innovation, risk and artistic excellence in a performance, exhibition or program BalletMet Columbus and Shadowbox Live for their collaboration project 7 Deadly Sins. Each year, GCAC staff selects Artistic Excellence nominees, and GCAC's Board of Trustees meets just prior to the Community Arts Partnership awards to select the winner.  Click here for information and to see a complete list of nominees in all categories.


The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) recognized the Columbus Arts Festival on October 3, 2011 during the IFEA/Haas &Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 56th Annual Convention & Expo in Fort Worth, Texas. GCAC was presented with four awards in the prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition. Awards were won in the following categories:

Gold – Best Sponsorship Program, Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds

Silver – Best Web Site,

Silver – Best New Promotion, 50th Anniversary Paint Splatter Video

Silver – Best New Event, Savor the Arts with Dine Originals

Sponsored by industry leader Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events.  For a complete list of winners and more information on the IFEA, go to


GCAC’s OPPArt series is a way for local artists and creative people to connect with each other and further their professional development through workshops, roundtable discussions, social events and more. Join us for the following workshops in November:

• November 12 – Hands-on Workshop presented by Clayspace

• November 15 – Abstract Art Panel presented by ABX

• November 31 – How to apply to the Columbus Arts Festival presented by GCAC

For more information and to RSVP, contact Ruby Harper, Grants & Services director, at or 614-221-8406. Walk-ins welcome, space allowing.


Ohio Art League Invites Artists to Become Members

The Ohio Art League invites every artist, enthusiast and supporter in Ohio to become a member of the state's premier arts organization. All new members and renewing members whose membership has lapsed more than one year will receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last) when they join through December 1, 2011. Interested applicants can apply online at or in person at the Ohio Art League Gallery located at 1552 N. High Street in the OSU South Campus Gateway, Arts in the Alley.  

Nationwide Children's Hospital Presents Seussical the Musical - Open Auditions

Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children's Hospital will present Seussical the Musical March 2, 3, and 4, 2012 at the Palace Theatre. Seussical is directed by Lisa Andres; with Amy Rucker as the music director, and Tony McDonald as the orchestra director. Proceeds from the production benefit Hospice and Palliative Care at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Pleasure Guild is inviting all actors to audition! Open auditions for Seussical are being held Saturday, November 19 through Monday, November 21, 2011. Click here to register to audition by November 11.  Visit to learn more about Pleasure Guild and see full audition details.

Columbus Moving Image Art Review (Fall CMIAR 9 Call for Submissions)

The Call for Autumn Submissions for the Columbus Moving Image Art Review (CMIAR) 2011 is now open. This show is scheduled to be on Friday December 2, 2011 and the deadline for submissions is Friday November 11, 2011. Any Columbus artist may send in their new or old work whether it is animation, video, film, software art, projection performance, etc. If you are interested in submitting a work, click here for more information.


The 2011 Dave Bown Projects 3rd Semiannual Juried Art Competition

November is another month to commemorate the arts in a big way. The Dave Bown Projects, initiatives of the privately held U.S. company focus on advancing the field of contemporary art by engaging in scholarly research and distributing unrestricted monetary awards to visual artists. The Dave Bown Projects 3rd Semiannual Juried Competition invites artists to submit images to receive a cash prizes - one artist will receive $5,000 and 5 artists will each receive $1,000. This competition focuses on advancing the field of contemporary art by providing widespread opportunities to visual artists. All styles and media are eligible, however this competition is open to all visual artists who are 18 years of age or older only. This is a great opportunity for artists to present their best creative work and get involved with outside artistic contests across the United States. For more info go to Deadline to submit is November 30, 2011 at 11 p.m. EST.

NEA Brings Contemporary Chinese Poetry to U.S. Audiences

International contemporary literature is expanding more and more to the everyday reader, including English-speaking audiences. International Literary Exchanges are not only bringing foreign literature to U.S. audiences, but also bringing the work of U.S. writers to foreign readers. The National Endowment for the Arts' International Literary Exchanges have partnership with foreign governments, while funding the publications of anthology by writers of foreign countries. Each anthology supported by the NEA includes significant public outreach bringing writers and audiences together for a deeper and substantial way of understanding literary work and its culture. Push Open the Window: Contemporary Poetry from China is published by Copper Canyon Press and edited by Qingping Wang, two of the poets include in Xi Chuan and Zhou Zan. The bilingual anthology includes poetry by 49 of China's finest poets born after 1945, with many of the poems never before translated into English and will be published in China by the end of 2011. For more information, click here.

Thursdays @ the Meadery presented by Brothers Drake Mead.

"Open Stage Wednesday"
New Harvest Cafe and Gallery & Urban Arts Center
November 2, 2011

Artful Teaching: Work by College and University Painting Faculty
Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery
November 3, 2011 — January 8, 2012

Ohio State Theatre Presents Living Out
Studio One Theatre -- Vern Riffe Center
October 27, 2011 — November 6, 2011

CCAD Visiting Artist: Simonetta Moro
Canzani Center Auditorium
November 7, 2011

Acrylics on Canvas by Matthew Hale
Reed Arts
September 12, 2011 — November 12, 2011

PBJ & Jazz: Vernon Hairston Trio
The Lincoln Theatre
November 12, 2011

Columbus Views
Columbus Museum of Art
November 18, 2011 — March 11, 2012

Rebuilding Haiti
Ross Auditorium - Alumni Hall, Franklin University
November 22, 2011

Family Fun Day: Sweet Turkeys
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
November 23, 2011

Thursday @ The Meadery
The Meadery
June 9, 2011 — December 27, 2012