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June 21, 2012

GCAC AND CAPITAL CROSSROADS SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ANNOUNCE ARTISTS FOR COLUMBUS ARTS POP-UP PROJECT

Columbus, Ohio – The Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project (CAP-UP), a series of installation window displays by area artists, has chosen the artists who will participate in the project this fall. The project is a partnership between the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID).

Participating sites and artists and brief project descriptions include:

55 East State Street, Ohio Theatre Ticket Booth, CAPA:
April J. Sunami, My Home, an installation depicting Columbus’ diverse neighborhoods and landmarks

55 East State Street CAPA Theater Shop window:
A collaboration between artists Paula Nees, Barb Vogel and Eileen Woods, Chintz, an elegant installation inspired by the Chintz Room once located in the Lazarus Department Store

65 East State Street, Capitol Square Shoppes, Capitol Square Office Building:
Corey Aumiller & Dan Gerdeman, Time Tunnel, a video featuring COSI’s presidential figures in scenes from around Columbus

65 East State Street, Gallery 65, Capitol Square Office Building:
Beth Himsworth, Confluence, a large and elegant stain-glass installation depicting the confluence of rivers in Columbus.

65 East State Street, Heartland Bank:
Adam Brouillette, Capital Magnetism, A motivational piece about Columbus using his iconic little red men

24 East Gay Street, Land and Mortgage Title Agency:
Terri Maloney Houston, Mourning the Ash Tree, a beautiful ceramic installation memorializing the ash tree

20 East Broad Street:
Nikos Fyodor Rutkowski, Wolf’s Ridge, a magical diorama similar to those seen in the Natural History Museum

20 East Broad Street:
Andrea Myers, Moment of Momentum, a large sculpture symbolizing the forward momentum and energy Columbus possesses as a community

Corner of Gay and High Streets, Sprint and Sugardaddy’s
Kimberly M. Webb, Roots, a beautiful triptych installation honoring the Native American’s who lived central Ohio in 1812

43 East Gay Street, Vorys Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP:
Brian Reaume, Then Now Beyond, a beautifully symbolic installation playing homage to the matriarchs and patriarchs and look toward the future of Columbus

Submitting artists were challenged to celebrate the city’s Bicentennial as well as the area’s diverse character for the benefit of its residents, visitors and businesses. Selected artists took inspiration from 200Columbus, the city’s Bicentennial, either through 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, receives $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 by a public reception in September. A website and walking tour map will be developed to guide the public with the goal that the window displays will help sustain and promote the prosperity of downtown and encourage the community to explore the exhibits.

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. For full bios of the jurors, click here.Project managers are Amandda Graham and Stephanie Rond.

About the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District: SID covers a 38-square block area in the core of downtown Columbus. Funded by assessments from more than 500 properties and voluntary contributions, Capital Crossroads SID supports the development of a safe, clean, attractive, unique and easily accessible downtown, which serves as the foundation of business, residential, cultural and entertainment centers of the region promoting Columbus as one of the premier downtowns in the nation.

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, Franklin County and Ohio Arts Council for their ongoing support.

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