CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492
jgoldstein@gcac.org

October 14, 2010

GCAC ANNOUNCES 2010 COMMUNITY ARTS PARTNERSHIP AWARD WINNERS

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council today awarded three individuals and three businesses with a 2010 Community Arts Partnership Award for their exemplary support of the arts.

Business Award winners are:

Nationwide Insurance, which received the award in the Large Business category for companies with more than 500 employees. Nationwide was nominated by BalletMet and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.
The Westin Hotel, which received the award in the Medium Business category for companies with 50-500 employees. The Westin was nominated by the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Thurber House.
Orange Barrel Media, which received the award in the Small Business category for companies with fewer than 50 employees. Orange Barrel Media was nominated by the Columbus Museum of Art.

 

In addition the three individual award winners announced in September were recognized. The individual winners are:

  • Ann Bremner, publications editor for the Wexner Center, who received the Arts Partner award for her lifetime support of the arts.
  • Jackie Calderone, artistic director for TRANSIT ARTS, who received the Arts Educator award for her outstanding efforts in educating local youth through the arts.
  • Adam Brouillette, who received the Emerging Arts Leader award for his work as an artist, and for his leadership with Couchfire Collective, Junctionview Studios and Wonderland.

GCAC’s annual Community Arts Partnership awards honor the Columbus community for its active support of central Ohio’s artists and arts organizations. Thirty-one businesses and individuals were nominated this year. Columbus City Council members Hearcel Craig, Eileen Paley, Priscilla Tyson and Charleta Tavares along with Franklin County Commissioners Paula Brooks and Marilyn Brown presented today’s awards.

Each award winner was given an original work of art by a local artist. Nationwide received Sarah Fairchild’sSoybeans, The Westin received Stephen Paris’ Swimmers, and Orange Barrel Media received Jennifer Belt’sOne Under the Sun. Bremner, Brouillette and Calderone each received a triptych of photographs by acclaimed local photographer, Will Shively.

GCAC also presented its Artistic Excellence Award – a $10,000 prize given annually to an arts organization that has demonstrated innovation, risk and artistic excellence in a performance, exhibition or program – toAvailable Light Theatre for Attempts on Her Life.

The other nominees this year were:

  • CATCO for Pierce to the Soul
  • Columbus Dance Theatre for Hands
  • Franklin Park Conservatory for Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants
  • Jazz Arts Group of Columbus for Louis Armstrong Hot Fives / Sevens Revisited

Each year, GCAC staff selects Artistic Excellence nominees, and GCAC’s Board of Trustees meets just prior to the Community Arts Partnership awards luncheon to select a winner.

The second annual Raymond J. Hanley fellowship was also recognized at the event today. The $10,000 award from the Columbus Arts Endowment goes to an artist who has demonstrated a high level of achievement while working at least five years in the arts in any discipline. Fellowship money is awarded without restriction, so the artist can use it to further his or her career as needed. This year’s Hanley fellowship was awarded to Geoffrey Nelson, founder of and artistic director of CATCO for 26 years. Under Nelson’s leadership, CATCO produced more than 200 plays and developed a reputation for professional acting and adventurous play choices, including a commitment to new works by Ohio writers. Among the plays he has directed are The Grapes of WrathA Christmas MemoryGlengarry Glen Ross, The Importance of Being EarnestA Tuna Christmas and the world premieres of You’re My Boy and Pierce to the Soul. As an actor, he most recently played a femme fatale in The Mystery of Irma Vep, Satan in The Seafarer, a brain-damaged farmer in The Drawer Boy and a brutal detective in The Pillowman.

For more information about the Community Arts Partnership Awards or to see a complete list of nominees in all categories go to: http://www.gcac.org/community-arts-partnership/.

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, GCAC funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides 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 the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. Thanks also to PNC, Time Warner Cable, Huntington and WOSU for their support of our Community Arts Partnership awards.

###