Columbus, Ohio – Phillip Singer, a painter from New Britain, Penn., took home $2,000 and the best of show award today at the 2009 Columbus Arts Festival.
Singer, located at booth L-146 on Long Street, will be selling his award-winning work, along with approximately 230 other artists from across the nation, Canada and Israel at the Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable this weekend. The Festival, located in the Discovery District, will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Ten other artists also won awards today. Award winners were chosen by an on-site panel of local arts experts. All award winners, in addition to receiving a cash prize, will be invited to participate in next year’s Festival. Award winners are:
Jurors’ Choice, 2-Dimensional($1,000 each)
– Mike and Patty Albin, 2D Mixed Media (Sunrise, Fla.; booth L-65)
– Scott Matyjaszek, 2D Mixed Media (Rochester, NY; booth G-7)
– Aaron Hequembourg, 2D Mixed Media (Monticello, Ga.; booth L-120)
Jurors’ Choice, 3-Dimensional($1,000 each)
– Evy Rogers and Joseph Jacob, 3D Mixed Media (Sewickley, Pa; booth W-221)
– Tony Cray, Glass (New Melle, Mo.; booth L-102)
– Nicario Jimenez, 3D Mixed Media (Naples, Fla.; booth L-128)
Merit Award ($500 each) – Cassandra Jackson, Jewelry (Brooklyn, NY; booth G-29)
– James Parker, Metal (Clarion, Pa.; booth L-63)
– Lawrence Packard, Drawing & Pastels (Pensacola, Fla.; booth L-126)
– Shadow May, Ceramics (Chattanooga, Tenn.; booth L-122)
Begun in 1962 as the “Downtown Festival of the Arts” on the Ohio Statehouse lawn, the Columbus Arts Festival showcases the best visual arts, music, poetry and local food for three days each summer to a crowd of between 250,000 and 500,000 each year. Strolling musicians and entertainers and a relaxed, gallery-like setting provide the perfect ambiance for browsing and buying the best selection of art.
This year’s Festival attracted over 1,000 artist applicants from across the country for 230 spots. For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, visit the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Web site, gcac.org, for a complete list of artist, entertainers, stage schedules and interactive arts activities.
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. The Columbus Arts Festival thanks the following sponsors: Time Warner Cable, alive!, American Electric Power, Salon Schools Group, Motorists Insurance, Ohio Magazine and Giant Eagle.