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January 18, 2011

COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PUBLIC JURY PROCESS TO SELECT 2011 VISUAL ARTISTS, FEBRUARY 5 & 6

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Arts Festival jury will choose the 2011 event artists at a two-day public meeting Feb. 5-6 at the Westin Columbus, 310 S. High Street. The 50th Anniversary of the Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable will take place June 3, 4 & 5 in the Discovery District in downtown Columbus.

Jury panelists will review more than 1,000 artist applications from across the country to determine the approximately 230 who will be invited to participate in this year’s event, produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. The jury will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 5 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 6.

The jurors for the 2011 Columbus Arts Festival are: Jerry Gilmore (MN), independent curator, fiber and painting artist; Rebecca Harvey (OH), ceramic artist with The Ohio State University; Aaron Hequembourg (GA), a 2D Mixed Media artist; Sharon McJanet (OH), glass artist with The Ohio State University; Les Slesnick, retired photography artist (FL).

To see full bios on the jurors please visit www.columbusartsfestival.org

Artists will be chosen in the following categories: Metal; Digital Art; 2D Mixed Media; 3D Mixed Media; Jewelry; Printmaking & Graphics; Photography; Fiber; Drawing & Pastels; Clay; Glass; Sculpture; Painting; Leather; Wood and new for 2011 a category for Emerging Artists. Each year, artists who wish to be considered for the Festival apply through ZAPPlication™, an online application tool, by submitting four digital images of their work and one image of their booth display. A jury panel, selected by the GCAC staff, conducts a blind jury process, where jurors review the artists’ images and technical statements without knowing the artists’ names or hometown. The top scores, allowing for a balanced show across mediums, are invited to participate in the Festival.

Following is a schedule for the order in which the categories will be juried – so those who wish to attend can plan accordingly:

Saturday, February 5 starting at 9:00 a.m.
a. Metal
b. Digital Art
c. 2D Mixed Media
d. Jewelry
e. Printmaking & Graphics
iv. Noon Break
a. 3D Mixed Media
b. Photography
c. Fiber
d. Drawing & Pastels
e. Ceramics

Sunday, February 6 starting at 9:00 a.m.

a. Glass
b. Sculpture
c. Painting
d. Leather
e. Wood
f. Emerging Artist Program

To attend all or part of the jury, please RSVP to Leah Alters, Columbus Arts Festival Director, at 614-221-8531 or lalters@gcac.org

The Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable will be held June 3, 4 & 5, 2011. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 5. Participating artists will be announced in mid-February. For more information visit www.columbusartsfestival.org. The Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors to date are American Electric Power, State Auto, Bella Giardino, Coca-Cola and Glazer’s. Media sponsors include alive! WBNS 10TV, WOSU, CD101@102.5FM, WCBE 90.5FM, WMNI/Classic Hits 103.9 FM.

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, GCAC funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides 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.