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July 30, 2015

The Greater Columbus Arts Council Recognizes Franklin County Artists at State Fair Exhibition

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 artists in visual arts and film/video.

More than 430 pieces are included in the exhibition, including several short films. Many of the works are available for purchase. Jurors chose the work from more than 1,500 entries.  More than 50 awards and $19,650 were presented by Ohio arts groups and councils such as the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Creative Arts of Women and other award sponsors.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council has provided annual support for the exhibition for several years as a way to raise the visibility of local artists and recognize strong work in the professional, amateur and film/video categories. This year the Greater Columbus Arts Council presented awards to the following artists:

Alexandra Fresch (See Through It) and Kellie McDermott (5th and Cleveland) received a Professional Visual Arts Award, Spencer Ison (In Due Time) and Anne Lenzotti (Poppies 2014) received an Amateur Visual Arts Award and Amanda Kline and Matt Swift received a Film/Video Award in a public ceremony at the exhibition on July 28. The works by film/video award winners Kline (Pinkie Meets Blue Boy) and Swift (Slow Ascent) will also be on view. The exhibition is located in the Cox Building at the Ohio Expo Center and open during the Ohio State Fair, open through August 9.

The exhibition was juried by Janice Driesbach, chief curator at the Akron Art Museum; Martina Lopez, professor at the University of Notre Dame; and Robert E. Peppers, professor at the School of Art, Ohio University. Jurors chose works that represent a variety of mediums and techniques, with an emphasis on work by emerging artists living in Ohio. Short films were juried by Andrew Ina, artist and filmmaker who earned an Emmy Award for his work on the series Broad and High.

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.

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