GCAC Announces 2012 Community Arts Partnership Individual Award Winners

GCAC is pleased to announce the  individuals to be honored at the 2012 Community Arts Partnership Awards event presented by PNC - Cindy Meyers Foley for Arts Educator; Marvin & Sue Katz for Arts Partner; and Eva Ball for Emerging Arts Leader.   The annual awards program luncheon will take place on Thursday, October 18 from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Statehouse downtown at 1 Capitol Square. The community is invited to join GCAC and hundreds of business, arts and civic leaders to celebrate this year’s nominees and winners and the work they do every day to create a thriving and vibrant creative community in Columbus. To register to attend, go to Registration will close on October 9. 

The three business honorees will be announced at the event.  Each business will receive a work by a local artist.  The works were chosen by GCAC current and former board members at an event at Ray's Living Room Gallery in August.  This year's artists are Jay Ashrafi, Larry Hamill and Derrick Hickman.  To read more about the artists and the work chosen, follow this link.


GCAC recently selected two artists to receive international artist residencies in Dresden, Germany on behalf of GCAC’s Dresden Residency Program. The 2013 Dresden Residency Program recipients are Mariana Smith and Susan Li O’Connor.

"The Grants and International Committee was impressed by the exceptional proposals submitted by Susan O’Connor and Mariana Smith," said Char Norman, committee chair and GCAC board member. “We feel strongly that both artists will take full advantage of their time in Dresden to capitalize on the city’s cultural and historical resources as they develop their studio work.” Follow this link to read the full press release.


GCAC's Board of Trustees approved five grants totaling $26,151 for the third round of Project Support grants in 2012. More than 14 thousand audience members will be served through these projects and the projects will support over 275 artists. Additionally the Board approved one BOOST grant totaling $9,950 and $8,210 in Artists in the Community grants. Visual arts exhibitions and music concerts were among the applicants for this round of grants. Follow this link to read the full press release.

OPPArt Workshops Coming Up

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 October:

To pre-register for any event or for more information, call or e-mail Ruby (Classen) Harper at or (614) 221-8406.


The Columbus Arts Festival is recognized as one of the top visual arts festivals in the country. The Artists' Market consists of hundreds of juried artists from across the United States, as well as a few international artists. Quality food and beverages, hands-on arts activities for the entire family, exhibitions of local student artwork, and great live music round out Columbus' favorite outdoor summer event. Approximately 350,000 people attend each year. Applications for local, national and international artists, as well as local emerging artists who are new to exhibiting at arts festivals can apply starting October 13. The submission deadline is January 13. Click HERE to apply.  The application for performers is now open - follow this link to apply online.  Interested in getting involved as a Coordinating Committee volunteer for the Festival?  Visit this page and submit your application online.

Local and Regional

Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project Jurors' Choice Awards Announced

The Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project (CAP-UP), a series of installation window displays by area artists, has announced the winners of the Jurors' Choice Awards. The project is a partnership between GCAC and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID). Three awards were presented for a total of $3,000. First place, $1,500, went to Brian Reaume for Then Now Beyond; second place prize of $1,000 went to the collaborative team of Corey Aumiller and Dan Gerdeman, for Time Tunnel;  third place prize of $500 was a tie between Nikos Fyodor Rutkowski for Wolf's Ridge and April Sunami for My Home, who each got $250. . Follow this link to read the full press release or visit for more info about the installations and a walking tour map.

World-Renowned Photographer Leibovitz to Receive 14th Wexner Prize

The Wexner Center for the Arts has announced that the 14th Wexner Prize will be awarded to photographer Annie Leibovitz, who will come to Columbus in November to accept the award and participate in related events. The $50,000 Prize is given to a contemporary artist in any field who has been consistently original, influential,and challenging to convention. The Wexner Prize will be presented during the run of an exhibition of Leibovitz’s work at the Wexner Center (this fall through December 30). Check out this Wexner Center press Release for more information about the prize.

MadLab Call for Local Playwright Submissions for Theatre Roulette 2013

MadLab is now accepting submissions from local playwrights for its 2013 production of Theatre Roulette, its long running shorts festival. The submission deadline is November 1, 2012. Here are the submission guidlines.

Lincoln Theatre to Offer Free Artist Production Development Clinic

Through the generous support of KeyBank, the Lincoln Theatre will host a one-day informational clinic for local artists, arts organizations, and individuals interested in developing their performing arts product for the stage. The free, day-long clinic will include four classes offering one-on-one Q&A and networking opportunities with consultants and theatre staff. Classes will last approximately one hour and include production planning, production staging, marketing and advertising and legalities. For more information visit

Revealed:Columbus the Story of US. Pre-Sale Book Order

Revealed:Columbus documents a defining year in the life of an emerging American city. A group of local photographers spent the year on the streets, sidewalks and bike paths in neighborhood parks and festivals, at concerts and shows and games-even in places like the Bell Tower of Ohio Stadium. Their images capture a special moment in time for this special place we call Columbus. To purchase/pre-order the book, visit the 200Columbus Merchandise website or contact Kyle May at (614) 586-1500 x204 or Books will be available February 14, 2013, the city's 201st birthday. All proceeds go to support 200Columbus, a registered 501(c)(3).

National and International

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

Every day we celebrate the arts, but October is the month to commemorate the arts in a big way. It is National Arts and Humanities Month—the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation! Be part of this celebration! Visit NAHM to find and/or create a National Arts and Humanities Month event.

National Science Foundation Embraces Arts Based Learning

Just don't call it STEAM. At least that's what the National Science Foundation (NSF) seems to be saying last week, in their latest grant to launch incubators in San Diego, Chicago and Worcester, MA. The fact that more organizations like the NSF are finding that the arts help young people stimulate "the development of 21st Century creativity skills and innovative processes" is exceptional, and it sends the signal that this is what America's schools need the most. NSF funded the Art of Science Learning last year to produce three conferences across the country to look at what business, education and communities across the U.S. were doing to merge the "two cultures" of art and science.  Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

Alleged Second Mona Lisa Unveiled for the First Time in 40 Years

It’s a mystery straight out of the da Vinci code. A famous portrait, hidden away in a Swiss bank vault for 40 years, with the potential to break open a mystery more than 500 years old. A second alleged earlier version of the Mona Lisa was unveiled to the public today, a version that experts say they can prove is the work of the master himself. Known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa, the painting was discovered shortly before World War I by English art collector Hugh Blaker, who purchased it from the noble family to which it had previously belonged. Blaker then moved the painting to his studio in Isleworth, England, giving it its iconic name.  Is the real deal?  Follow this link to read more and decide for yourself.

Theatres Around the Country Start Program for Military Families, Vets

Copyright Associated Press, September 27, 2012 - PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Nearly two dozen theaters around the country are offering free and discounted tickets for plays, classes and other services to veterans and military families. The Blue Star Theatre program is being launched at the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, R.I., on Friday by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, and others. The program announced Thursday will also offer workshops and playwriting classes to veterans, job postings and casting notices on military bases. Reed's office says the program builds on the Blue Star Museums program, in which more than 1,800 museums nationwide offer free or reduced summer admission to military families. Theaters participating are in California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Kentucky, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Virginia, Kansas, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. Read the article at The Wall Street Journal online.

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Make a Book at the Cultural Arts Center
Presented by: Cultural Arts Center
Through October 29, 2012

Todd Slaughter: American Primitives
Presented by: CCAD Canzani Center Gallery
Through November 8, 2012

Fueling the Creative Economy: Columbus as a Design Incubator
Presented by: NBBJ
October 2, 2012

Columbus Invitational: Awards Ceremony
Presented by: King Arts Complex
October 4, 2012

Presented by: COSI Columbus
October 5, 2012

Neil Cowley Trio
Presented by: Wexner Center Performance Space
October 13, 2012

Poetry Gala: The Poetics of Mysticism
Presented by: Hale Black Cultural Center
October 23, 2012

Columbus Jazz Orchestra's "Come Together: From Gershwin to The Beatles" featuring Gerald Clayton
Presented by: Southern Theatre - CAPA
October 25, 2012 — October 28, 2012

HalleBOOia! The 19th Annual Halloween Concert
Presented by: Weigel Hall Auditorium
October 26, 2012

Highball Halloween V
Presented by Hilton Columbus and pagetech limited
October 27, 2012