GCAC and Columbus Museum of Art Announce 2011 Visual Arts Fellowship Awards

GCAC and the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) are pleased to announce the recipients 2011 Visual Arts Fellowship awards. The following Fellowship recipients were chosen from 99 applicants: Suzanne Silver (3D), Laura Sanders (2D), Robert Metzger (Photography) and Carol Snyder (Craft). Awards were based on the artistic merit of works submitted in the disciplines of Craft, 2- and 3-D Visual Arts and Photography. Each Fellowship recipient will receive $5,000 and be featured in an exhibition hosted by the Columbus Museum of Art in the spring of 2012. The CMA exhibition will also feature the artists selected for the Dresden Exchange program. GCAC’s Arts Fellowships program, established in 1986, recognizes outstanding Franklin County artists. Since the inception of the program, more than 140 artists have received awards in a variety of disciplines, including visual arts, crafts, film and video, creative writing, music composition and choreography/movement arts. GCAC's program is one of the few local fellowship programs in the country.

GCAC would also like to congratulate the finalists for the 2011 Visual Artist Fellowship awards in the following categories:

2D: Mary Katherine McCartney, Glenn Tompkins, Jeanie Coy Auseon, Alan R. Crockett, Marc Ross, Thomas M. Kelly, Kevin Benson, Antoinette Savage, Glen Holland, George Rush, Martina Nikova, Nicole Langille Jelsing, Tim Rietenbach, Heather Wirth

3D: Alissa Sorenson, Andrea Myers, Susan O’Connor, Joshua Penrose, Catherine Bell Smith, M. Candace Black.

Craft: Susan A. Cavanaugh, Shelley Brenner Baird, Marie K. Godwin.

Photography: Jenny Fine, Debbie Rosenfeld, Ardine Nelson, Darlene Yeager-Torre.

Click here to read the full press release.


Artist Preview Night gives central Ohio educators, school administrators, parent-teacher association members and all advocates of arts education an opportunity to meet with and experience the artists who take part in GCAC's Artists-in-Schools program.

The 2011 Artist Preview Night will be held on Wednesday, September 14 from 4-7:00 p.m. at the Arts Impact Middle School (AIMS) 680 Jack Gibbs Blvd (map). The event is free and will showcase the talents of the artists participating in the Artists-in-Schools program. The Artists-in-Schools program provides arts performances, workshops and interactive arts instruction to schools, park and recreation centers, correctional facilities, senior homes, corporations and community centers. Artist Preview Night will feature performances and presentations from storytellers, painters, dancers, musicians, actors and other artists.

For more information on the 2011 Artist Preview Night, contact Oulanje Regan at (614) 221-8625 or

Artists-in-Schools Artist Hank Fincken Recipient of National Pinnacle Award for

For the third year, Artists-in-Schools artist Hank Fincken has been given the national Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration, an organization that provides video conference programs to schools and institutions throughout the world. This award is based on teacher evaluations of Fincken's historical programs on Columbus, Edison, Henry Ford, Johnny Appleseed and a 49er on the California Trail, as well as his writing workshops (fiction readings and essay writing). Fincken says, "This year my image traveled to Honduras and Canada as well as nine different states. It is exciting to work with teachers so far away and watch the excitement on the students' faces. Live theatre is always better, but this vehicle gets me into schools that could never afford a live visit."


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 September:

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


A Way Forward:  Arts and Economic Development - An Event You Don't Want to Miss!

Les Wexner, Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Mayor Coleman are joining together on Monday, September 19 at 4 p.m. at the Wexner Center for the Arts’ Mershon Auditorium for a discussion entitled, A Way Forward: Arts and Economic Development. This provocative conversation on the value of the creative sector in building attractive and competitive cities represents a unique and important opportunity for the arts and creative sector to show its enthusiasm for the prioritization of the arts in the mainstream planning of the future of our community.

A big turnout for this event is vitally important in order to continue to build on the momentum the arts have gained in the past year; please do everything you can to be there, and encourage staff members, board members and supporters to be there, as well.

Join us in standing up for the arts! Click here to see the event information on Facebook posted by the Columbus Foundation.

Evolution Theatre Bicentennial Playwrights Festival

In celebration of Columbus’ Bicentennial, the Evolution Theatre Company will host the Bicentennial Playwrights Festival that will feature plays by local writers. Submissions will be accepted between October 10, 2011 and January 28, 2012. Playwrights must live in, be from, or attend school in the Greater Columbus area and may submit up to three scripts. All plays, whether comedies, dramas, or musical must be about or set in Columbus and no more than fifteen minutes in length. Six winning plays will be chosen to show at the Festival and winners will receive a full production and a $100 prize. For further information, call or text Evolution Theatre at 614-223-1124.

Call for Entries: 105th Circleville Pumpkin Show

Alice White Studios, LLC is currently accepting submissions of artwork to hang and sell at the 105th Circleville Pumpkin Show. They are accepting 2D drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, and mixed media no larger than 24” x 48”. All art must be dry and ready to hang with a wire attached to the back either on stretcher bars or in a frame. Artists may price their own work, but if chosen must pay a $15 hanging fee. In addition, Alice White Studios, LLC will take 10% of the sale price of all pieces sold. All work must be submitted by October 6, 2011 be sending a JPG image with the artist name, medium, dimensions, and sale price to

Upper Arlington Arts Online Auction

Between August 15, 2011 and September 16, 2011, the UA Arts Auction is open for bidding. The Auction seeks to raise $10,000 in support of UA Arts. Items include tickets to local arts performances, artwork and jewelry from local artists, and donations from Central Ohio businesses. Visit to start the bidding!

Call for Entries: OSU’s Urban Arts Space

Ohio State’s Urban Arts Space is seeking preliminary project proposals for its Summer 2012-Summer 2013 exhibition year. The venue offers 10,000 square feet LEEd gold-certified green space conducive to a range of uses including but not limited to exhibitions, collections, installations, residencies, and performances. OSU’s Urban Arts Space encourages collaboration among artists, individuals, and organizations throughout the Columbus community. Submission deadline is September 28, 2011.  Click here for more information. For questions, call 614-292-8861 or email

Robert Lazarus Jr. to be Honored with the First Annual Drexel Hero Award

At the 2011 Drexel Gala on September 18, Robert Lazarus, Jr. will be awarded the first annual Drexel Hero Award. The award is intended to acknowledge individuals for their support of the Drexel Theatre and independent film in the community. Lazarus, one of the founding board members of Friends of the Drexel, Inc., a non-profit devoted to ensuring a successful future for the Drexel Theatre, was selected as the first recipient of the award because of his long-standing a passionate support of the theatre. Tickets for the 2011 Drexel Gala are $125. VIP tickets are $500 and include a pre-Gala reception and preferred seating. All proceeds benefit the Drexel Theatre. To purchase tickets, visit the Ohio Theater Ticket Office (39 E. State St.) or call 614-469-0939.


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Launches Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America

In conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in embarking on a new public-private partnership supporting Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America. The program’s goal is to strengthen the relationship between Latin American artists and communities throughout the United States. The initiative will bring presentations of dance, music and theater arts to audiences across the country that have little access to this kind of work. Presentations will seek to include community activities to increase understanding of the artists, their work and cultures. Southern Exposure will provide grants of up to $25,000 to projects in the US that are developed collaboratively by presenter and consortia to ensure that presentations occur in at least three different locations. Application deadline is February 10, 2012. Click here for program guidelines. Direct all questions concerning Southern Exposure to Sara Nash at

Message from Society for the Arts in Healthcare

The Society for the Arts in Healthcare is now accepting paper submissions for the 2012 conference, Arts & Health: A Global View. Submissions should look at the best practices, model programs, and cutting-edge research in categories such as partnership, healthcare environment, and professional development/education in a variety of formats including panels, papers, and workshops. Submissions are due by Friday, September 16, 2011.  Click here for more information.

2011 Fellowship Guidelines Announced for Contemporary Visual Artists in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio

The Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is now accepting applications for contemporary visual artists for $20,000 grants funded by the Efroymson Family Fund. A total of five awards will be given to individuals from select cities and counties in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. Applicants must by 25 years or older as of September 2011 and reside full time (and agree to remain for one year) in one of the selected areas. Applications are being accepted for the mediums of ceramics, installation art, new media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Applications are due by September 23 and 5 p.m. For geographic eligibility requirements, submission details or more information, click here.

USArtist International 2012 Guidelines Now Available

Guidelines are now available for the 2012 USArists International (USAI) program which provides grants to American dancers, musicians, theater ensembles, and solo artists to perform at festivals and events around the world. Submissions for projects taking place between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012 are due by Tuesday, September 6, 2011. The deadline for projects between March 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013 is December 9, 2011 and April 20, 2012 for projects between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. For program guidelines, click here. Direct questions to Sara Nash at

Award-winning a cappella group, Committed.  Courtesy of King Arts Complex.

Thursday Night Concert Series:  The Artie K Quintet
Presented by the McConnell Arts Center
September 1

Rhythm on the River
Presented by BalletMet Columbus
September 2

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival
Presented by the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division
September 5

Carol Boram-Hays Gallery Talk
Presented by Ohio Wesleyan University
September 7

Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knot
Presented by Curtain Players
September 9-25

50 Years Ago: The Hits of Ricky Nelson, Sam Cooke, and the Everly Brothers
Presented by Bill Cohen
September 10

Dixieland Jazz Concert with the North Side Jazz Band
Presented by Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society
September 11

Presented by Columbus Children’s’ Theatre
September 15 - October 2

Jazz on the Avenue Season Opener
Presented by the King Arts Complex
September 15

Short North Tour of Homes & Gardens 2011
Presented by Short North Civic Association
September 17 & 18