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2012 Individual Artist Fellowship Applications Available May 1

in Press Releases May 8, 2012 4 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) is currently accepting applications from visual artists for its 2012 Visual Arts Fellowships. Artists must be a Franklin County resident for a minimum of one year to apply for the Fellowships and remain a resident for the grant period if selected as a recipient. While students are not eligible, artists may submit student work that is within the required timeframe. The application deadline is Friday, June 29, at 5:00 p.m.

GCAC will award four $5,000 fellowships in 2012. The Visual Arts categories are 2- and 3-dimensional visual arts, photography and crafts. These awards, based on the quality of work created within the last three years, assist artists in the creation of new work and the advancement of their careers. Through the recognition of individual creative work and artistic enterprise, the Columbus area remains a vital place where artists can live and work.

Applicants who make it to the final round of consideration for the Visual Arts Fellowships will be eligible to apply for the Dresden/Saxony Residency, a two to three month residency in Dresden, Germany. Recipients of the 2012 fellowships and Dresden Residency will be featured in an exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art in the summer of 2013.

Jurors for the 2012 Artist Fellowship Awards are:

Janine Cirincione, Director of Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

Janine Cirincione is a director of Sean Kelly Gallery in Chelsea, which is committed to exhibiting important, challenging contemporary art. At Sean Kelly Gallery, she is responsible for sales and continuing the expansion of the gallery’s stable of artists. Cirincione has over 20 years of experience in the contemporary art world, thirteen years of which was spent as director of the Jack Tilton Gallery where she specializes in emerging markets in Asia and India. Cirincione has worked in the nonprofit sector, as well as directing content development for an internet design company.

David Hartz, Associate Professor of Electronic Media Communications, University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College

David Hartz is an associate professor in the Electronic Media Communications Department at the University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash. He received a BFA from the University of Akron and an MFA from the Ohio State University. Hartz relocated to Cincinnati from Seattle in 2002 to design and teach a Certificate of Animation course of study. Hartz also teaches classes in motion graphics, media design and digital photography. Hartz was previously the owner of Hartz Art, an animator for Coffin Films, and art director at Smashing Ideas in Seattle, WA. He has created animations for artists including Madonna, No Doubt, Erica Badu and Devo. He was also a graphic artist and animator at Microsoft Corporation. Hartz continues to create art and has an extensive list of international exhibitions. He has created fire sculptures in Taipei, Taiwan for the Double Ten Festival and in Edmonton, Alberta for the Edmonton Fringe Festival. He has competed twice in the International Fire Sculpture Festival in Ischgl, Austria and was commissioned to create art for Bergonnwend 2002 in Innsbruck, Austria and for the Roundhouse Community Center in Vancouver, British Columbia. In January of 2011 he was chosen to represent the USA team along with Chuck Nafsiger and Jon Zucker in the World Fire Sculpture Championship in Tallinn, Estonia.

Karen Kunc, Cather Professor of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Karen Kunc is a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has taught since 1983. She has conducted workshops around the world and served as a visiting artist to over 100 institutions. Recognitions include: the 2007 SGC International Printmaker Emeritus Award; Fulbright Scholar Award to Finland; award, Triennale Majdanek, Poland; award, 5th Sapporo Biennale, Japan; award, 2nd Bangkok Triennale. Her solo exhibitions include: Piano Nobile Gallery, Krakow, Poland; Davidson Galleries, Seattle; Blackburn 20/20, New York. Kunc’s works are in collections of: the Museum of Modern Art; the Library of Congress; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Worcester Art Museum; Salo Art Museum, Finland; Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo, Japan; Milwaukee Art Museum; Hyndai Art Center Gallery, Korea. She has been an artist in residence at: the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York; the Venice Printmaking Studio, Italy; Virginia Center for Creative Arts: Nagasawa Art Park, Awaji, Japan.

Access to the online application and 2012 guide is available by visiting the GCAC web site, or contacting Ruby Harper, Grants & Services director at (614) 221-8406 or

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 the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

About the Columbus Museum of Art: The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Columbus Foundation, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For additional information, call (614) 221.4848 or

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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
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