COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) in collaboration with PromoWest Productions has announced the four artists selected to participate in the 2023 PromoWest Public Art Exhibition. The selected artists’ work will be displayed on the south side of A&R Music Bar in the Arena District. Each artist will be paid a $1,000 honorarium by GCAC and will receive recognition on the installed work. The exhibition is expected go on view by mid-May, and it will be up for one year.
The four artists were selected for the exhibition are: Jenna Elise Alexander, Vincent-Natasha Gay, Cody F. Miller and Daniel Rona.
Jenna Elise Alexander (Blacklick, 43004)
Jenna Elise Alexander (she/her) is a Columbus-based artist who travels the United States live painting at music festivals and selling psychedelic clothing she creates using her art. Ansel incorporates her “visions” into her work while often using eyes, each piece has a story to tell. The title of art work is Spirit of the Totem.
Vincent-Natasha Gay (Blacklick, 43004)
With an immense focus on empowering and uplifting marginalized communities, photographer and digital artist Vincent-Natasha Gay (they/them) draws inspiration through their life experiences as a transgender individual. Gay’s art explores topics of the human condition bolstered by the words and lived experiences of their subjects. With intent on treasuring individualistic self-expression, they expose the raw wounds of prejudice and abuse, while advocating for the inherent beauty in being human. Their work is titled The Moment.
Cody F. Miller (Columbus, 43224)
Since the mid ‘90s, Cody F. Miller (he/his) has explored the tricky word “grace” through various materials and mediums. During his freshman year in college Miller began looking more closely at the village of people that cared for him after leaving home when he was just 12 years old. He is the recipient of Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence awards in 2002 and 2018 and his work has been included in numerous exhibitions. Cody is represented by the Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. Miller’s work is titled Precipice.
Daniel Rona (Hilliard, 43026)
Self-taught painter, illustrator, and muralist Daniel Rona (he/his) is a Columbus-based artist who works out of Blockfort Studios. He discovered his passion for painting during high school and has since honed his skills in expressing his inner world and visualizing his thoughts through his art. His artwork is titled Finding Light.
Sixty-four entries were received. A review committee of community and Arena District business representatives selected the four winners on the criteria of originality, creative execution and general appeal.
To learn more about the PromoWest Public Art Exhibition and to see the work of the finalists and winning artists, visit promowestartexhibit.com.
About PromoWest Productions: PromoWest Productions currently offers Columbus, Ohio over 450 events a year at its venues KEMBA Live!, Newport Music Hall, The Basement and A&R Music Bar. PromoWest opened the country’s second indoor/outdoor concert venue, Stage AE, in downtown Pittsburgh in 2010 and purchased Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2014. For more information on PromoWest, please visit www.promowestlive.com.
The Columbus Makes Art campaign is a city-wide, collaborative marketing effort designed to highlight the incredible talent of central Ohio artists. columbusmakesart.com
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, the Ohio Arts Council and The Ohio State University.
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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein