The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery
L to R: Douglas McLarty, Vortex
d'Hibiscus, 2012; Frank Hobbs, Recycling Yard: Metal
Hoppers (detail), 2012; Carol Snyder, Erosion,
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,
"I was honored by the opportunity to be on the
jury for the OAC's Riffe Gallery, and it was a pleasure to become better
acquainted with the range of creative work happening in the state of
Ohio. With nearly 400 artists submitting up to three different pieces,
it was also quite a challenge. But after several rounds of jurying and
some frankly tough calls involving both practical and aesthetic
considerations, we managed to narrow the field, and highlight some great
works. Congratulations to the Riffe Gallery on this ambitious
—Tyler Cann, Columbus Museum of Art
"Thank you for the invitation to serve on
the jury for the OAC's Riffe Gallery. I have worked previously with
Riffe Gallery—from projects to exhibitions to gallery talks—and
it has been such a pleasure to continue to collaborate with the esteemed
art institution. This time, reviewing some 400 artist submissions, the
scope and quality of artists in Ohio was eye opening, and it was
wonderful to work with the other jurors as a team. Though we
collaborated long distance, our decisions lead to building a strong
representation of work being created in Ohio. I am thrilled and humbled
to be participating with projects the Riffe Gallery plans, organizes,
and makes come to view. Congratulations!"
Kralickova, formerly of Ohio University, Athens
"It has been my honor to choose artists for this
exhibition. The talented artists picked for this exhibition show
breadth and depth of what Ohio artists are capable of creating. The
artwork submitted was vast, and it was hard to narrow down the field.
Artists in the exhibition represent the beauty, the rust, hard work,
amazing skill, and complexity that is Ohio. Thank you to the OAC, the
Riffe gallery, my fellow jurors: Tyler Cann, and Petra Kralickova, for
working on this project with me. Also, thanks to all the the talented
artists who came out in full force to represent what Ohio artists can
—Marilyn Simmons, SPACES, Cleveland
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.
Writing Real: Create Compelling Characters in Theatre
Thursday, December 10, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
In order for a character to come
alive on the stage, a character must have a driving need. Playwright and theatre
director Tony Dallas will help writers explore the forces that compel a
character through monologues and dialogue. It is suggested to read Oedipus
the King by Sophocles in preparation for the workshop.
here November 6–December 7.
Family Workshop: Reduce, Reuse,
ReCREATE! Saturday, December 12, 2–4 p.m.
Art educator, performer,
and Inaugural Juried Exhibition artist Eric Marlow will lead families through a
workshop that will transform everyday recyclable materials into sculptures,
toys, wearable art, and more. All children must be accompanied by a registered
adult. This workshop is geared toward children ages 6–17.
here November 6–December 7.
Gallery admission and events are free and open to
The Inaugural Juried Exhibition 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.
Vern Riffe Center Lobby:
Inside Looking Out: Creative Works by
Ohio Prison Inmates November 5–December 12
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.
Artwork created at Richland Inspection
Institution, Northwest Region.
January 28–March 26, 2016
Curator: Charles McWeeny, Ohio
Byrne, Isabel Farnsworth, Clotilde Jimenez, James Oberschlake, Frank
Oriti, Emil Robinson, Laura Sanders, John Sousa, Greg Spaid, Ed
Valentine, Art Werger, Pheoris West, and Jayme Zents.
About the Riffe Gallery
The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery, established March 17, 1989, showcases the work of Ohios artists
and the collections of the states 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,
Visiting the Gallery
Admission is free.
Mon, Tues, 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.
Also closed on December 24.
Vern Riffe Center for Government &
77 S. High Street, First Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
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