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The Urban Landscape: A Tale of Grandeur and Abandonment
November 6, 2014 - January 11, 2015

Bye Bye Blackburn

Image credit: Gary Pettigrew
Bye Bye Blackburn, 2010
Oil on canvas
20" x 26"

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery will present The Urban Landscape: A Tale of Grandeur and Abandonment November 6, 2014 through January 11, 2015.

The Urban Landscape, curated by Christine Fowler Shearer, explores a variety of artistic perspectives by 16 Ohio artists through original works. The 63 pieces reflect the fundamental nature of city life, focusing primarily on Ohio.

Click here for the curator's essay.

Artists in the show include: Kelley Booze (Springfield), Christopher Burk (Columbus), Cole Carothers (Milford), Laurence Channing (Cleveland Heights), Bonnie Dolin (Aurora), Frederick Fochtman (Columbus), Ruth Gless (Columbus), Don Harvey (Cleveland Heights), Ron Kroutel (Athens), Michelle Muldrow (Cleveland), Michael Nevin (Akron), Ryan Orewiler (Columbus), Gary Pettigrew (Athens), Will Reader (Portsmouth), Thomas Roese (Cleveland) and John Troxell (Cleveland).

  • Join the Riffe Gallery for the opening of The Urban Landscape on Thursday, November 6, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • On Friday, November 7, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., enjoy a free guided tour of the exhibition led by exhibition curator Christine Fowler Shearer.
  • Join us in the Riffe Gallery for a reading by northeast Ohio poet, author and performer Ray McNiece, followed by an Open Mic session on Thursday, November 20, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Please register for the Open Mic online Nov. 6 - Nov. 18. For more formation about Ray McNiece, visit his website.
  • Enjoy a positive experience exploring negative space in a free family workshop with Athens-based artist Ron Kroutel on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ron will lead children ages 6 to 17 and their adult companions in the art of subtractive drawing using photos, memory and objects around us. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Space is limited; register online Nov. 6 - Dec. 4. For more information about Ron Kroutel, visit his website.

The Urban Landscape is presented by the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery with media support from CD102.5, CityScene, Ohio Channel, WOSU, Ohio Magazine, and WCBE 90.5 FM.


A Century of Ohio Watercolor
January 29 - April 15, 2015


Image: Robert King
Two Women on a Beach, 1940
Water medium
22" x 28"

In a tribute to the Ohio Arts Council's (OAC) 50th anniversary, OAC's Riffe Gallery kicks off 2015 with a milestone exhibition: A Century of Ohio Watercolor, January 29 through April 15, 2015. Produced by the Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth (SOM) and curated by SOM Artistic Director Charlotte Gordon, the exhibition will span the years 1915-2015 and showcase over 45 Ohio artists working in the versatile medium of watercolor. Artists include August Biehle, Emerson Burkhardt, Clarence Carter, Earl Jack, Cody Heichel, Alice Schille, and many more.

A Century of Ohio Watercolor is produced by the Southern Ohio Museum and presented by the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery with support from OAC's Individual Artist Grants and services Program. Educational offerings are sponsored by OAC's Arts Learning Program. Media support from CD102.5, CityScene, Ohio Channel, WOSU, Ohio Magazine, and WCBE 90.5 FM.

About the Riffe Gallery

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery 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.

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On December 2, 2014, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced the agency's fall 2014 grant awards for the first round of Art Works, as well as Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry. Grants totaling $552,000 were awarded to 23 artists and arts organizations throughout Ohio.  

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