Arts Council Seeks Artists to Create Temporary Public Art Light Installation at 2017 Columbus Arts Festival

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) in partnership with American Electric Power (AEP) seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create an outdoor public art light installation at the 2017 Columbus Arts Festival. The public art project will be a prominent feature at the Festival, an annual three-day celebration of the arts which begins June 9, 2017.

The opportunity is open to established professional artists or teams of artists living in Ohio; collaborations are encouraged. The chosen artist(s) will receive $25,000 to cover all costs. Applicants should have experience creating, fabricating and installing public art. Only professional artists with reviewable portfolios are eligible to submit qualifications. The jurors who will make the final selection are Joe Baer, Co-Founder, CEO & Creative Director, ZenGenius; Michael Bongiorno, Director/Design Principal, DesignGroup; David Butler, Artist & Education and Outreach Coordinator, Pizzuti Collection; Tyler Cann, Curator of Contemporary Art, Columbus Museum of Art; Pam Hykes O’Grady, GCAC Board of Trustees and Senior Adviser, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, City of Columbus; Joshua McClurg-Genevese, Director of Creative Services, American Electric Power; Angela Meleca, Owner & Director, Angela Meleca Gallery; and Ty Owen, Manager of Theater Programs, COSI.

The artist application deadline is Feb. 17 by 5 p.m. The chosen artist or team of artists will be announced by Mar. 1. Full details and submission forms are available at columbusartsfestival.org/lights.

About the Columbus Arts Festival: Produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and powered by American Electric Power, the Columbus Arts Festival will celebrates its 56th year of bringing the best in fine art and fine craft to Columbus, June 9, 10 and 11, 2017. Each year the Festival hosts hundreds of juried artists from across the United States, as well as several international artists. Performance stages featuring music, dance, theater and spoken word can be found throughout the festival, and hands-on arts activities, work by local artist collectives and a wide selection of quality food and beverages round out Columbus’ favorite outdoor summer event.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org