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All Play, No Work
May 7–July 5, 2015

Image: Carol Griffith 
Rollo Plane and Scooters,Conneaut Cycle, 2009
Alkyd on canvas
35" x 59"

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery presents All Play, No Work May 7 through July 5, 2015. Curated by Massillon Museum Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon, the exhibition will display artwork by 13 Ohio artists, exposing the nature of their private lives through an introspective look at time spent away from daily routines in various leisure activities.

Artists in the exhibition will include: Ron Anderson (Columbus), Donna Coleman (Oberlin), Diana Duncan Holmes (Cincinnati), Carol Griffith (Orient), Helma Groot (Columbus), Jay Robert Johnston (Marion), Linda Langhorst (Columbus), Bellamy Printz (Cleveland), Vicki Rulli and Tom Heaphey (Springfield), Jessica Summers (Findlay), Stephen Tomasko (Akron), and Eileen K. Woods (Columbus).

Read the curator's statement here.

Opening Reception
Join us for the public exhibition opening of All Play, No Work on Thursday, May 7 from 5-7 p.m.

Curator's Tour
Take a guided tour of the exhibition led by curator Alexandra Nicholis Coon on Thursday, May 7 from noon-1 p.m.

Family Workshop with Helma Groot
Attend a free family workshop with Columbus artist Helma Groot on Sunday, June 7 from 2-4 p.m. Participants will construct paper mobiles using templates of people in motion and decorate the action-themed shapes with paint, glue, glitter, and other media. The resulting kinetic sculpture will be yours to enjoy at home. The workshop is geared towards children ages 6 to 17. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Space is limited; register here between May 8 and June 3.

Writing Workshop with Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld
Welcome back the "Queen of Fun," Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld, on Thursday, June 18 from 5:30-8 p.m. for an energy charged creative writing workshop based on the theme of PLAY! Space is limited to 20 adult participants; register here between May 8 and June 15.

Lobby Exhibition
VSA Ohio's Accessible Expressions 2015
June 2-June 28, 2015

Admission and all events are free and open to the public.

All Play, No Work is presented by the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery with support from OAC's Individual Artist Grants and Services Program. Media support provided by CD102.5, CityScene, Ohio Channel, WOSU, Ohio Magazine, and WCBE 90.5 FM.


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 will be on display July 23-October 18, 2015 at the OAC's Riffe Gallery.

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).


Riffe Gallery Juried Exhibition
November 5, 2015–January 10, 2016


In celebration of the Ohio Arts Council's 50th Anniversary, the OAC's Riffe Gallery and the OAC's Individual Artist Office are collaborating on the Riffe Gallery's first juried exhibition. Ohio artists, living and working in the state, were invited to submit images of completed indoor work (any medium and any theme) to be considered for inclusion in this juried exhibition. Applications are no longer being accepted. ALL ARTISTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOUR WORK HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR EXBHITION BY MONDAY, JULY 13, 2015.

The jury selection is based on the work presented. The jurors include: Tyler Cann, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Petra Kralickova, Ohio University's Kennedy Museum, Athens; and Marilyn Simmons, SPACES, Cleveland. The following will be awarded: One $1000 Best of Show Award and three $500 Juror's Choice Awards (one per juror).

For questions regarding the online entry process, please contact Kathy Signorino at or 614/728-6140. For questions regarding the exhibition, contact Mary Gray at or 614/728-2239.

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.


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Tuesday 10 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday 10 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 10 – 8 p.m.
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Closed Mondays and state holidays. (Closed July 3 & 4)

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Phone: 614/644-9624

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