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August 1, 2011

GCAC Announces Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition Winners for 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council presented six Franklin County artists with awards at the opening of the Fine Arts Exhibition at the Ohio State Fair, which presents works by amateur and professional Ohio in visual arts and film/video.

George Cline and Melissa Vogley-Woods received the GCAC Professional Visual Arts Award, April Hernandez and Elizabeth Nelson received the GCAC Amateur Visual Arts Award and Corey Aumiller and Matt Swift both received the GCAC Film/Video Award in a public ceremony at the exhibition on July 26. The exhibition is located in the Cox Building at the Ohio Expo Center and open during the Ohio State Fair, open through August 7.

Cline’s fiber piece Olentangy 1, Vogley-Woods’ painted photographsNeighborhood Gone and Nelson’s mixed media work titled Metropolis, illustrate changes in the landscapes of local environments. Hernandez’s playful entry, 2 Minutes, represents a crumpled pair of ceramic mugs.

The works by film/video award winners Aumiller (Walls) and Swift (Cycles of Overuse) will also be on view during the exhibition.

A total of 223 pieces are included in the exhibition, including 19 short films. Many of the works are available for purchase. Jurors chose the work from more than 800 entries, and 53 artists received awards from the Ohio Arts Council, several local arts councils, including GCAC and numerous award sponsors.

The exhibition was juried by Katy Reis, curatorial assistant at the Wexner Center for the Arts; Eric Weeks, a professional artist/photographer ; Sharon Kokot, executive director of the Designer Craftsmen Museum. Jurors chose works that represent a variety of mediums and techniques, with an emphasis on work by emerging artists living in Ohio.

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.

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