CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492
jgoldstein@gcac.org

May 3, 2010

NOTABLE ARTISTS RETURN TO THE 2010 COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL

Columbus, Ohio – Several notable local and national artists will exhibit and sell their work at the Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable, June 4, 5 and 6 in the Discovery District.

Returning for the 2010 Festival are several of last year’s award-winning artists: James Parker of Clarion, PA (Metal); Cassandra Jackson of Brooklyn, NY (Jewelry); Phillip Singer of New Britain, PA (Painting); Nicario Jimenez of Naples, FL (3-D Mixed Media); Scott Matyjaszek of Rochester NY (2-D Mixed Media); Tony Cray of New Melle, MO (Glass); Shadow May from Chattanooga, TN (Clay); Lawrence Packard of Pensacola, FL (Drawings and Pastels); Mike Albin of Crossville, TV (2-D Mixed Media); Aaron Hequembourg of Monticello, GA (2-D Mixed Media); Bill Secunda of Butler, PA (Sculpture); Tim Hooper of Nashville, TN (Painting); Steven Potts of Palmetto, GA (Wood); Yoshi Aoki of Seaside, OR (3-D Mixed Media): and Greg Rhoads of Marquette, KS (2-D Mixed Media). For artists’ booth numbers, please see the full listing on the Columbus Arts Festival Web site, ColumbusArtsFestival.org.

Six Columbus-area artists will be represented at this year’s Columbus Arts Festival. Local artists include: Deborah Close (Jewelry), Dylan and Amy Engler (Glass), Amy Kaye Taylor (Painting), Paul Palnik (Printmaking and Graphics) and Michael Rozell (Glass). Approximately 230 artists were selected from approximately than 1,000 applicants by a panel of experts through a blind jury process. To apply, artists e-mailed digital images of their artwork and booth set-up through ZAPPlicationTM, an electronic application process. A jury of art experts reviewed the entries, identified only by number, and selected the work based on merit and quality.

“It is exciting to have so many wonderful artists return, but there will be a lot of new faces as well,” said Leah Alters, Festival Director. “The work represented this year is not only both incredibly strong and incredibly diverse, but there’s something at every price point.”

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 224-2606 or visit www.ColumbusArtsFestival.org for a complete list of artist and activities.

The Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors include: American Electric Power, State Auto Insurance Companies, The Motorists Insurance Group, Giant Eagle and The Westin. Media sponsors are WOSU and alive! Additional media support provided by CD101, Classic Hits 103.9/WMNI, WCBE, WBNS-10TV and Ohio Magazine.

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, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide 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.

# # #