COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two central Ohio artists have been selected by the Kroger Company to create large-scale murals for their Kroger Art Project. Carla Chaffin has been chosen for their Grove City store, while Jason Goupil will create the mural for their Lancaster store.
Kroger is hiring artists to create murals in new or recently renovated stores around central Ohio. This commission was open to all central Ohio artists with priority given to artists living in or having a connection to Grove City or Lancaster communities, respectively.
“Kroger welcomes a space that encourages community gathering and celebrates the spirit of each individual neighborhood,” said Amy McCormick, corporate affairs manager for Kroger’s Columbus division. “These talented artists will bring the Lancaster and Grove City area’s history and culture to life we look forward to inspiring the community with their work.”
Chaffin was selected out of 12 applicants to create the mural for the store at 5965 Hoover Rd. in Grove City. She is a scenic designer who has worked with organizations like BalletMet, CATCO, Columbus Children’s Theatre and The Ohio State University. Chaffin is an Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art featured artist. The mural is approximately 16 feet wide by eight feet high; Chaffin will receive a $10,000 commission for the work. The store’s opening celebration will be held on Dec. 13.
Goupil was selected from 13 applications for the mural at the Lancaster store at 1621 N. Memorial Dr. He is a professional fine artist and a usability research specialist at Nationwide Insurance. He has previously worked at Ologie, Katherine’s Collection and has taught at Kent State University and Cleveland State University. The mural is approximately 18 feet wide by five feet tall; Goupil will receive a $9,000 commission for it. The store’s opening celebration is scheduled for Nov. 29.
Kroger has previously commissioned central Ohio artists to create murals for stores in Columbus, Marysville and Newark.
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