COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) presents Art Spot, a collection of 13 window installations designed by Columbus-area artists, on display around downtown Columbus and the Short North Arts District from mid-December through June 2023.
As part of GCAC’s ongoing mission to connect art with the people and places of Columbus, Art Spot is designed to highlight the city’s artists while promoting engagement between residents, visitors and downtown businesses. The installations will be free for everyone to view and enjoy at any time. Anyone can download the free Columbus ArtWalks app to get a full tour of all 13 pieces.
“We’re excited to showcase our city’s artists and create new public art for everyone downtown,” said Jami Goldstein, GCAC’s vice president of marketing, communications and events. “These installations should spark some interesting conversations and brighten downtown, especially ahead of big conventions in 2023 like the Professional Convention Management Association Convening Leaders in January and the U.S. Conference of Mayors convention in early June.”
Artists were invited to submit designs around the theme of Climate Conversations; the installations are intended to encourage conversations about the climate crisis and the role of art in science communication. Selected artists received a stipend and a materials fee to create the work. Project directors for Art Spot are Columbus-based artists Amy Leibrand and Stephanie Rond. For more information and links to a map, photos and more visit: ColumbusMakesArt.com/ArtSpot.
The selected artists and the locations of their Art Spot windows are:
- Catherine Bell Smith, 39 E. State St. (Ohio Theatre, CAPA ticket office)
- Marcus Blackwell, 39 E. State St. (Ohio Theatre ticket booth)
- Carol Boram-Hays, 991 N. High St.
- Heidi Clifford, 241 S. Third St.
- Dan Gerdeman and Rob W. Jones: 47 E. Gay St. (Monk’s Copy Shop)
- Susanna Harris, 1137 N. High St. (The Jackson on High)
- Shiree Houf, 995 N. High St.
- Celeste Malvar-Stewart, 132 S. Front St. (Columbus Downtown Development Corporation)
- Char Norman, 111 N. High St.
- Holly Romano, 989 N. High St.
- Rachel A. Wallis, 111 N. High St.
- Bradley Weyandt, 50 W. Town St. (OSU Urban Arts Space, to be installed in mid-January)
- Leah Wong, 182 E. Long St. (GCAC)
GCAC is grateful to the City of Columbus, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and the Downtown Columbus Special Improvement District for their financial support of Art Spot and to the following businesses for lending their windows to the project: CAPA, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Edwards Companies, Monk’s Copy Shop, The Robert Weiler Company, Schiff Capital Group and Jim Spiegel & Rita Neff.
Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org
The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council.
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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein