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As part of the 200Columbus celebration, Columbus has enjoyed a year-long surge of fun and thought-provoking art in public spaces--in full view and in unexpected places like plazas, parks, streets and alleys in the downtown core and the riverfront. In this spirit of celebrating our city's weath of creativity and diverse character, GCAC has partnered with Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID), and 13 local artists to create the the Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project (CAP-UP). CAP-UP will delight downtown visitors, workers and residents with a series of installation window displays by area artists who were chosen to participate through a juried process. Installations range from quirky and fun to dramatic and beautiful. Viewers will get a sneek peek into windows around Capitol Square that take a look toward the future of innovation and design, or a glimpse into the history of what has made Columbus great.
Each artist, or collaboration of artists, received $1,000 and a $250 materials fee. The windows will be installed the week of September 17-22 and the unveiling of the windows will be celebrated at a public reception in September. A website with walking map, bios on artists, photos of their creative process will be up by mid-September at ColumbusArtsPopUp.org. Windows will be on view through the end of the year.
The jurors for the project included: Michael Bongiorno, DesignGroup principal and senior designer; Mary Gray, Riffe Gallery director; Nannette Maciejunes, Columbus Museum of Art, executive director; Priscilla R. Tyson, Columbus City Council; and representatives from GCAC and SID. Follow this link for full bios of the jurors. Project managers are Amandda Tirey Graham and Stephanie Rond.
Corey Aumiller & Dan Gerdeman, Time Tunnel, a video featuring COSI’s presidential figures in scenes from around Columbus. 65 East State Street, Capitol Square Shops, Capitol Square Office Building. (See image left; Dan is on the left and Corey on the right, with unidentified president in the middle).
Adam Brouillette, Capital Magnetism, A motivational piece about Columbus using his iconic little red men. 65 East State Street, Heartland Bank
Beth Himsworth, Confluence, a large and elegant stain-glass installation depicting the confluence of rivers in Columbus. 65 East State Street, Gallery 65, Capitol Square Office Building
Terri Maloney-Houston, Mourning the Ash Tree, a beautiful ceramic installation memorializing the ash tree. 24 East Gay Street, Land and Mortgage Title Agency
Andrea Myers, Moment of Momentum, a large sculpture symbolizing the forward momentum and energy Columbus possesses as a community. 20 East Broad Street
Brian Reaume, Then Now Beyond, a beautifully symbolic installation playing homage to the matriarchs and patriarchs and looking toward the future of Columbus. 43 East Gay Street, Vorys Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP
Nikos Fyodor Rutkowski, Wolf's Ridge, a magical diorama similar to those seen in the Natural History Museum. 20 East Broad Street
April J. Sunami, My Home, an installation depicting Columbus’ diverse neighborhoods and landmarks. 55 East State Street, Ohio Theatre Ticket Booth, CAPA.
Kimberly M. Webb, Roots, a beautiful triptych installation honoring the Native Americans who lived central Ohio in 1812. Corner of Gay and High Streets, Sprint and Sugardaddy's
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