2015 Community Arts Partnership Artists

The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Community Arts Partnership Award program recognizes the community’s crucial contributions to the arts including financial support, non-cash contributions, volunteer involvement and board participation. Strong partnerships between businesses, community members and the arts stimulate economic growth, promote the city’s revitalization, encourage tourism and enhance Columbus’ cultural image and give life to the city.

The 2015 event honored winners in six categories at a luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 15 at COSI.

Each year, as part of the program, the Arts Council purchases the work of three local artists to present to the three business honorees. Ten local artists are selected to show two works each at the CAP Art Selection show in August. Below are the three works that were chosen through a jury process by the Arts Council’s Board of Trustees presented at the 2015 CAP Awards.

Rick Braveheart, Winter Night

For the past 20 years, Rick Braveheart has captured the immeasurable beauty of nature through the lens of his camera as both a fine art and commercial photographer. He has served as artist-in-residence at 13 National Parks in the United States and the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Braveheart focuses his photography on the changing face of America’s landscapes, and through his work raises awareness of the importance of preserving land for future generations. Several of his images dedicated to the changing face theme are exhibited in U.S. Embassies, the Smithsonian Museum and held in permanent museum and private collections. His works have also been featured in books, calendars, advertisements, Internet websites and greeting cards. Rick currently has photography studios in both Florida and Ohio.

Melinda Rosenberg, Pair of X’s

Using inspiration from the architecture in 14th century Japanese tea houses, Melinda Rosenberg combines pieces of wood joined at different angles to create optical illusions. By playing with angles and perception, she creates pieces that are cloaked in simplicity, yet have a construction complex enough to cause a second glance. In 2014, her work was awarded the Yassenoff Family Award for Excellence. Her work is in the collection of Hilton Hotels and the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, University of Toledo, Glimcher Reality Trust in Columbus, Ohio, Richard M. Ross Art Museum at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, Rush Presbyterian Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, Huntington Mortgage Company, Worthington, Ohio, the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, Nationwide Insurance Company and Huntington National Bank and many others. Rosenberg received her BAE and MFA from The Ohio State University and studied Chinese Language at Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Christine Guillot Ryan, Work2Play

Christine Guillot Ryan’s works explore the subjective nature of perception and the tension between the material world and the intangible by combining artifacts with imaginative designs and colors. By combining the physical world with her imagination she creates a visual unity that bridges that which is real and that which is not. She has had solo shows at the Cultural Arts Center, the McConnell Arts Center and the Sean Christopher Gallery in the Short North. She is also active in the local artist community, mentoring students at Fort Hayes, and is an exhibiting member of Creative Arts of Women [CAW], Ohio Art League, and Art & Artists of 614. She has taught at CCAD, the Cultural Arts Center and the McConnell Arts Center, holds degrees in art and design from UCLA and Art Center in Pasadena. Ryan is from Los Angeles, with degrees in art and design from UCLA and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.