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September 15, 2015

Greater Columbus Arts Council Announces 2016 Dresden Residency Recipients

Artwork by Janis Mars Wunderlich

Artwork by Janis Mars Wunderlich

Columbus, Ohio—The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) recently selected two artists to receive international artist residencies in Dresden, Germany on behalf of the Arts Council’s Artist Exchange Program. The 2016 Artist Exchange Program recipients are Jill Raymundo and Janis Mars Wunderlich.

Raymumdo’s sculptural works explore the interstice of the personal and historical. Her installations’ poetic opacity often draw the viewers into unsettling narratives of a specific location or event to serve as a reflection on the psychological consequences of our surroundings. Born in 1982 in Manila, Philippines, Raymundo now lives and works in Columbus. She earned her MFA from Columbus College of Art & Design in 2015. Raymundo has been featured in a number of exhibitions at institutions throughout the Americas and Asia, including The Ohio State University’s Urban Arts Space, Roy G. Biv Gallery, Ohio Art League, The University of British Columbia’s Hatch Gallery; Parsons School of Design, New York; Rockwell Center and Archivo 1984 in Manila. Raymundo has recently attended a residency and exhibited at the Banff Centre, Canada.

Born in Akron, Ohio, Janis Mars Wunderlich received her BFA from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and MFA from The Ohio State University in Columbus. Currently teaching ceramics and design at Ashland University, Janis has led hundreds of workshops and visiting artist presentations at many arts centers and universities, including The Ohio State University, Otterbein, Ohio Wesleyan, Miami University, and Columbus Cultural Arts Center. Considered to be a contemporary ceramic master, her detailed ceramic sculptures have been included in numerous exhibitions and museum collections throughout the world.  Wunderlich was featured in the documentary film, Who Does She Think She Is? and has been the recipient of several awards and grants, including multiple grants from the Virginia Groot Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Wunderlich is a prolific studio artist, community activist, a Boston-qualifying marathon runner, and is represented locally by Sherrie Gallerie in the Short North.

Artwork by Jill Raymundo

Artwork by Jill Raymundo

The Arts Council, in conjunction with the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Fine Arts, has been providing Columbus artists the opportunity to experience a residency in Dresden since 1994. Recipients of a Visual Arts Fellowship, Media Arts Fellowship and eligible finalists are invited to apply for the Artist Exchange Program. The artists will travel to Dresden sometime between March 1 and November 30, for sixty to ninety days.

The Artist Exchange Program provides an extended period of time for artists to concentrate on research and production so that their artwork benefits significantly. Various work and research facilities are made available to the artists. The Arts Council also supports the artists by providing living quarters, a monthly stipend, travel accommodations, and fosters a relationship between the artists and the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Fine Arts. While in Dresden, the artists act as representatives for the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the city of Columbus.


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, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.