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September 27, 2016

Greater Columbus Arts Council Announces Recipients of 2017 Artist Exchange in Dresden, Germany

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 2017 Artist Exchange Program recipients are Melinda Rosenberg and Carol Snyder.

Melinda Rosenberg combines natural sticks and weathered wood with more hewn, painted and manmade surfaces.  Most recent accolades include her work Pair of X’s juried to be the Community Arts Partnership Award last year, Board Series #15 was selected to be in the Art for Life Auction held in 2016, and she was awarded the Columbus Arts Council Supply Award in 2015. She has been awarded the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Award numerous times, most recently in 2015.  In 2014, her work, Nine Books, was awarded the Yassenoff Family Award for Excellence in the traveling exhibition, “Best of 2014” by the Ohio Craft Museum.  Her work is in the collection of Hilton Hotels and The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, The James Cancer Hospital, University of Toledo, Glimcher Reality Trust in Columbus, OH, Richard M. Ross Art Museum at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH, Rush Presbyterian Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, Huntington Mortgage Company, Worthington, Ohio and many others.   She is represented by Sherrie Gallerie in Columbus, OH, Haen Gallery in Asheville, NC  and CIRCA Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.  She resides in Worthington with her husband, Steve.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Education and Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University and studied Chinese Language at Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Carol Snyder uses unglazed porcelain to create works inspired by patterning and textures she experiences in the landscape. Each piece is wheel thrown and then altered or meticulously hand carved to emphasize the translucency of the porcelain. Her work has been included in juried and invitational ceramics exhibitions nationwide as well as two- and three-person exhibitions at the McConnell Arts Center, The Southern Ohio Museum and the Canton Museum of Art. She continues to participate in prestigious fine craft shows such as the Smithsonian Craft show and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show. Snyder has received a number of awards and grants including two Individual Artist Awards of Excellence from the Ohio Arts Council and a Greater Columbus Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Carol received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from Columbus College of Art & Design in 1985. She lives and works in Columbus, OH and is represented regionally by Keny Galleries in Columbus.

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 Nov. 30, for 60 to 90 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.

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