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Flashback to Now: OAC Support for Individual Artists
July 23–October 18, 2015

Gregory Spaid
Coloring #20, 1982
Toned and hand-colored silver print
20" x 16"  
Gregory Spaid
East|West, 2013
Silver prints on wood with gold leaf and edging tool
 53.5" x 21" x 2.25"  

An exhibition that combines past with present, Flashback to Now highlights 15 of the Ohio Arts Council's (OAC) earliest individual artist grant recipients of the 1980s. Artworks created at the time of their first grant(s) will be presented alongside current pieces. Curated by Ann Bremner, Flashback to Now: OAC Support for Individual Artists is on display July 23-October 18, 2015.

Exhibiting artists: Dorothy Gill Barnes (Worthington), Mary Jo Bole (Columbus), Nancy Crow (Baltimore), Jack Earl (Lakeview), Maureen France (Cincinnati), Henry Halem (Kent), Frank Herrmann (Cincinnati), Janice Lessman-Moss (Kent), Charles Massey, Jr. (Columbus), Paul O'Keeffe (Cleveland Heights), Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (Columbus), Gregory Spaid (Gambier), Brinsley Tyrrell (Ravenna), Garie Waltzer (Cleveland Heights), and Walter Zurko (Wooster).

All Flashback to Now exhibition events are free and open to the public.

Opening Reception
Thursday, July 23, 5-7 p.m.
Join us for the public opening and meet-and-greet with the curator and the exhibiting artists.

Curator's Tour
Thursday, September 10, 6-7 p.m.
Discover the process behind the exhibition. Curator Ann Bremner leads a guided tour through the gallery.

Wandering and Writing: The Idea of Place in a Gallery
Thursday, September 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
How do we find our place in a gallery, responding to the works that most compel us to write? Ohio poet Terry Hermsen has years of experience guiding both students and adults through galleries around the state. Explore fresh techniques for "entering a work of art" using poetry or prose from his book Poetry of Place (NCTE 2009). Registration opens July 23. Secure your spot here.

Free Family Workshop with Artist Leah Wong
Sunday, October 11, 2-4 p.m.
Let's collaborate! Artist Leah Wong will guide families through a combination of basic calligraphic brush and scissor cut techniques. The resulting paper cutouts will be used to construct a collaborative installation on view within the Riffe Gallery through the close of the exhibition. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. This workshop is geared toward children age 6–17. Registration opens August 14. Space is limited, secure your spot here.

Flashback to Now is produced by the OAC's Riffe Gallery with support from the OAC's Individual Artist Grants and Services Program. Educational offerings are sponsored by the OAC's Arts Learning program. Media support is provided by CD102.5, CityScene, Ohio Channel, WOSU, Ohio Magazine, and WCBE 90.5 FM.


The Inaugural Juried Exhibition
November 5, 2015–January 9, 2016

L to R: Douglas McLarty, Vortex d'Hibiscus, 2012; Frank Hobbs, Recycling Yard: Metal Hoppers (detail), 2012; Carol Snyder, Erosion, 2015

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery will feature 59 Ohio artists in The Inaugural Juried Exhibition from November 5, 2015, through January 9, 2016.

Ohio artists (not enrolled in a degree-granting program, age 18 and older) were invited to submit up to three artworks in a statewide call for entries. Nearly 400 applications were submitted in a wide range of media including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, mixed media, and video. Exhibition jurors include Tyler Cann, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Petra Kralickova, formerly of Ohio University, Athens; and Marilyn Simmons, SPACES, Cleveland. For a complete list of the accepted artists, click here.

Opening Reception Thursday, November 5, 5–7 p.m.
At the public opening reception, a $1,000 Best of Show Award and three $500 Juror's Choice Awards will presented during a ceremony at 6 p.m.

In the Vern Riffe Center Lobby
Inside Looking Out: Creative Works by Ohio Prison Inmates | November 5–December 12
Inmates from several Ohio prison facilities create works of art with unexpected, imaginative recycled materials in addition to conventional media. The exhibition is presented by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the OAC's Riffe Gallery, and the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee.

For more Inaugural Juried Exhbiition events and information, click here.

Beginning November 5, 2015, gallery hours will change as follows:
Mon-Wed & Fri 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Thurs 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Sat 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays and state holidays.

About the Riffe Gallery

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery, established March 17, 1989, showcases the work of Ohio’s artists and the collections of the state’s museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for the Government and the Arts, across from the Statehouse on High Street in Downtown Columbus. Please note: we do not accept proposals from individual artists. If you are interested in learning more about our exhibition process, e-mail Mary Gray, gallery director.


Visiting the Gallery

Gallery Hours
Tuesday 10 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday 10 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 10 – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday noon – 4 p.m.

Closed Mondays and state holidays.

Admission is free.
Phone: 614/644-9624

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