COLUMBUS, Ohio — Filmmaker and professor of art at The Ohio State University, Dani ReStack, has been selected as the 10th recipient of the Raymond J. Hanley Award. The annual award from the Raymond J. Hanley Fund at The Columbus Foundation is given to an artist who has demonstrated a high level of achievement while working at least five years in the arts in any discipline. The award money, increased to $15,000 this year, is given without restriction, so that the artist can use it to further his or her career as needed. The winner is selected by an anonymous panel of judges, along with the trustees of the fund.
The award will be presented at a private reception on Oct. 24 at the Columbus Museum of Art.
ReStack is the first filmmaker to receive the award. She is an assistant professor of art at The Ohio State University. In 2009 she received an MFA in film/video from Bard College, and in 2003 an MFA in studio arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has screened her single-channel videos at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, PS1, Cine Cycle Toronto, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Union Docs NYC, the Lincoln Center, Anthology Film Archives and was included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. ReStack is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including the Kazuko Trust Award, a Wexner Center Film/Video Residency, the Milton Avery Fine Arts Award, a Greater Columbus Arts Council fellowship, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Visual Arts Grant and residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts and Vermont Studio Center. Her experimental videos have been purchased by Vassar College, Mills College of Art, Light Works, The University of Buffalo and New York University. Her drawings are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Writer Erica Balsom sums up ReStack’s work for the Whitney Biennial catalogue by saying she “…brings a tremendous sensitivity to the unlikely connections she forges, creating force fields of affinity and difference that extend across human, animal and environment.”
The Raymond J. Hanley Fund at The Columbus Foundation was created by past chairs of the Greater Columbus Arts Council board upon Hanley’s death in 2006. It is administered by the Arts Council, and continues the spirit of advocacy and partnership that the Arts Council has encouraged since its inception.
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 is supported by the city of Columbus, the Ohio Arts Council, and individuals and businesses throughout the community. www.gcac.org
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