COLUMBUS, Ohio —The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) supported awards for amateur and professional artists, as well as chalk artists, at the 2017 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, showcased in the Cox Fine Arts Center.
Artists were accepted into the Fine Arts Exhibition through a juried process. In the amateur category 56 artists were accepted, including 34 from Franklin County, while the professional category accepted work from 230 artists, 138 of which are from Franklin County.
Various organizations provided awards to the exhibiting artists; the Arts Council sponsored two awards each in the amateur and professional categories, as well as two in the chalk art competition, held for the first time this year at the Fair.
The Arts Council awards and their winners are:
Amateur Artist Awards ($150 each): John Dickson for Rolling Education and Laurel Heer for Clear Censorship
Professional Artist Awards ($200 each): Amandda Tirey for Extra Succulent Dew and Casey Bradley for The Tower
Chalk Artist Award ($200 each): Matthew Burgy and Jan Solari
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 thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org
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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein