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Re: Columbus: Arts News & Discussion
« Reply #180 on: July 20, 2015, 11:40:54 AM »
Two announcements from the Columbus Foundation about charitable grants recently given to the arts community:

- Announcement of grants given by the Columbus Foundation in their on-going campaign to support Central Ohio arts and cultural organizations. The latest grants, approved on May 28, provide just over $1.1 million in funding for 54 organizations:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/more-than-1-1-million-to-local-arts-orgs

- Announcement of a new grant program called the Columbus Performing Arts Prize.  The Columbus Performing Arts Prize will be given to individuals leading local performing arts organizations.  The first five recipients were named by the Columbus Foundation in June:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/performing-arts-innovation-fund-launched-at-the-columbus-foundation
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« Reply #181 on: July 21, 2015, 03:03:21 PM »
Riffe Gallery saved by pledges of support from area arts organizations
By Brian R. Ball, Staff Reporter
Columbus Business First - July 20, 2015, 7:16pm EDT


Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna Collins said efforts to bolster attendance of the Riffe Gallery downtown will rely on ideas from other nonprofit arts organizations and art lovers rather than a bigger budget.

Collins said the council’s decision over the weekend not to close the gallery in the street-level lobby of the Riffe Center for Government and the Arts at 77 S. High Street came after other arts organizations pledged to share ideas on marketing the struggling gallery better.  She said folks from the Columbus College of Art & Design, the Dublin Arts Council the Greater Columbus Arts Council and others said they would share ideas that have worked for their showcases.
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The OAC board last week had put the option of closing the gallery on its July 22 agenda.  “We want to re-imagine the gallery and market it to become more attractive,” Collins said of the alternative to closing the gallery.  A deeper education focus, she said, could lead to putting the gallery on the itinerary of schoolchildren already touring the Statehouse or other arts venues.

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« Reply #183 on: December 16, 2015, 10:51:04 AM »
Couple of articles about a public art project that involves re-imaging five downtown parking lot booths in a program called "Bold Booths".  One booth has been installed, while the other four are still conceptual:

-- Parking Lot Booths Transformed into Public Art Installations:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/parking-lot-booths-transformed-into-public-art-installations

-- Downtown parking lots go bohemian for public art exhibit:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2015/06/04/1-parking-lots-go-bohemian.html
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« Reply #184 on: December 16, 2015, 10:51:20 AM »
Here is the parking lot booth that was installed at the Great Southern Hotel parking lot east of Main & High -- more views at http://www.columbusunderground.com/parking-lot-booths-transformed-into-public-art-installations:




Here are the four remaining parking lot booth concepts yet to be installed:





 
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« Reply #185 on: January 18, 2016, 02:51:46 PM »
Former CCAD president Denny Griffith dies at 63
By Mary Mogan Edwards, The Columbus Dispatch
Monday, January 18, 2016 - 1:06 PM


Denny Griffith, longtime president of Columbus College of Art and Design, has died at 63.

His passing comes just days after his valedictory show, "Another World," opened at CCAD's Beeler Gallery and "Another World and Other Works" opened at Hammond Harkins Galleries in the Short North.

Griffith led CCAD from 1998 to 2014 and is credited with overseeing transformational change at the college. ... After retirement, he continued painting after being diagnosed with cancer.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/01/18/0118-denny-griffith-obituary.html
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« Reply #187 on: October 07, 2016, 01:47:58 PM »
Tour Local Artist Studios This Weekend

The first ever Columbus Open Studio and Stage (COSS) event kicks off this weekend, inviting locals to step inside artist studios and local theaters to experience a unique look at the local creative community.
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The tours are self-guided, although many artists and performers will be on hand to interact with visitors throughout the course of the two-day event.  Venues also available for touring include the CD102.5 Big Room, Lincoln Theatre, Ohio Theatre and Palace Theatre.

The event takes place all day on Saturday October 8th and Sunday October 9th.  For more information visit www.columbusopenstudioandstage.com.

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« Reply #188 on: October 08, 2016, 09:07:43 AM »
Program to Bring Unique Public Art to the University District
By Brent Warren, Columbus Underground
August 21, 2016 - 8:00 am


The University District Organization is soliciting proposals for a wide-ranging public art program, one that organizers hope will shine a spotlight on the rich cultural life of the neighborhood. ... The program recently received a boost when it was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Create Columbus Commission.  Here are the five projects, with descriptions from the UDO website at http://www.universitydistrict.org/character#public-input:
  • Art from Nature – Create an art piece for placement in Iuka Park that integrates with the landscape.
  • Music Trail T-shirt Design – Create an artistically-designed T-Shirt that can be distributed to promote the thriving music scene of the University District. The design may also be used as part of a window display on area music venues.
  • Neighborhood 100 – Create 100 small objects to be distributed for display to residents and businesses throughout the University District.
  • Short Literary Pieces – Several writers and poets and other literary-focused individuals will be commissioned to create two short pieces that can be displayed throughout the neighborhood.
  • Youth Inspired Weinland Park Art – In coordination with a summer youth program at the Godman Guild Association, a workshop will encourage participating youth to visualize public art opportunities in their surroundings. The UDO will seek qualifications from individuals or teams for the creation of an art piece inspired by the youth workshop.
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« Reply #189 on: October 12, 2016, 02:53:11 PM »
Columbus becoming hub of comic books
By Eric Lagatta, The Columbus Dispatch
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 11:45 AM


Industry experts and creators have flocked to the Ohio capital in recent years, partly for its Midwestern affability, its low cost of living and a culture that many describe as vibrant. ... The art form is taken more seriously and enjoyed on a scale not seen before, many say — both nationally and in Columbus.

Columbus hosts the world’s largest comic-book collection at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on the Ohio State University campus; hosts an internationally renowned comics festival - Cartoon Crossroads Columbus; has a fledgling comic-book major at the Columbus College of Art & Design; and is home to a legion of independent creators and publishers.

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« Reply #190 on: October 12, 2016, 02:53:29 PM »


The second annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus festival starts tomorrow and runs October 13-16 at various sites around the city.

CXC was launched as a two-day gathering last year by local cartoonist Jeff Smith - author of the award-winning graphic novel series 'Bone'.  This year 'Doonesbury' creator Garry Trudeau is headlining the festival.  The Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist will be speaking at Mershon Auditorium on the Ohio State campus on Thursday night, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The festival's full four-day schedule is at http://www.cartooncrossroadscolumbus.com/schedule.html

CXC Festival website: http://www.cartooncrossroadscolumbus.com/
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« Reply #191 on: October 31, 2016, 02:36:55 PM »
One more cartoon related arts event to post - the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is hosting a career retrospective of Mike Peters.  Peters is the Pulitzer Prize award winning syndicated editorial cartoonist for the Dayton Daily News and creator of the well-known 'Mother Goose and Grimm' syndicated daily comic strip.

"What a Hoot! A Mike Peters Retrospective," is an exhibit opening Saturday, November 5th at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at the Ohio State University.  Peters will make an appearance on Nov. 12 for a tour, talk and reception, all open to the public:

-- https://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2016/09/16/whatahoot/

-- http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2016/10/30/1-mike-peters-exhibit-at-the-billy-ireland-library-at-osu-osu-to-honor-longevity-of-mike-peters.html
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« Reply #192 on: October 31, 2016, 02:37:38 PM »
Aminah Robinson passed away at age 75 last year.  In her final years she embarked on a large number of works honoring Barack Obama’s two-term presidency called “The Presidential Suite”.  Through December, the Columbus Museum of Art will be showcasing some of those works.  In addition, the museum is tentatively planning a traveling exhibit of “The Presidential Suite".

The MacArthur Foundation Genius Award winning artist willed all of her other previous works to the CMA, which is planning a major exhibit of Robinson’s whole body of work in 2020:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2016/09/23/1-37-aminah-robinson-works-inspired-by-obama-on-display.html
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« Reply #193 on: October 31, 2016, 02:38:21 PM »
Sad news announced over the weekend.  Bill Conner, President and CEO of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA), died at age 64.

CAPA owns and operates the Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre and Southern Theatre and manages the Riffe Center theater complex and Lincoln Theatre; it also manages the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conner also spearheaded efforts to renovate the Lincoln Theatre (a $13.9 million project completed in 2009) and the Drexel Theatre ($2.5 million, finished earlier this year).

But as CAPA's leader, Conner will also be remembered for his implementation of a shared-service business model that helped ensure the survival of a number of struggling arts organizations during some especially difficult economic times.  CAPA now provides services to groups such as the Columbus Symphony, Opera Columbus, CATCO and the Drexel Theatre.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2016/10/28/president-and-ceo-of-columbus-association-of-performing-arts-dies.html
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« Reply #194 on: November 30, 2016, 03:23:18 PM »
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« Reply #195 on: June 14, 2017, 11:52:16 AM »
30 years after opening, King Arts Complex remains vital to Near East Side
By Ken Gordon, The Columbus Dispatch
May 20, 2017 at 12:01 AM


Three decades ago, the King Arts Complex opened with a mission of honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and showcasing African-Americans in the visual and performing arts.  On Saturday, with improved finances foretelling a bright future for the venue, supporters will gather for a 30th-anniversary gala to celebrate the complex as a cultural cornerstone that helped buoy the Near East Side neighborhood around it.
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Located on Mount Vernon Avenue, the complex is housed in the old Pythian Temple, where legendary musicians such as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and B.B. King performed.  The $2.7 million renovation of that structure, which opened in 1987, was funded by a combination of city and state money, as well as crucial support from many corporate leaders.  A $1.8 million expansion (incorporating the adjacent Garfield Elementary School) followed in 1989, more than doubling the center’s space, from 27,000 square feet to 60,000.

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« Reply #196 on: June 14, 2017, 11:53:30 AM »
Sunday Dispatch piece about the latest round of public art murals located in the Short North.  The program, known as the Short North Temporary Mural Series, began in 2006 and is on its fourth round of murals:

http://www.dispatch.com/entertainmentlife/20170611/short-north-murals-show-picture-can-be-worth-6-words

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« Reply #197 on: September 02, 2017, 11:03:19 AM »
Sad news announced over the weekend.  Bill Conner, President and CEO of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA), died at age 64.

CAPA owns and operates the Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre and Southern Theatre and manages the Riffe Center theater complex and Lincoln Theatre; it also manages the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conner also spearheaded efforts to renovate the Lincoln Theatre (a $13.9 million project completed in 2009) and the Drexel Theatre ($2.5 million, finished earlier this year).

But as CAPA's leader, Conner will also be remembered for his implementation of a shared-service business model that helped ensure the survival of a number of struggling arts organizations during some especially difficult economic times.  CAPA now provides services to groups such as the Columbus Symphony, Opera Columbus, CATCO and the Drexel Theatre.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2016/10/28/president-and-ceo-of-columbus-association-of-performing-arts-dies.html

The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) announced that Chad Whittington will be their next CEO:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/08/30/capa-has-found-its-next-ceo.html

A notable aspect of Whittington's hire is that he is only 40, but also has been with CAPA for 19 years(!).  He started working at age 21 doing maintenance at the Ohio Theatre to pay college bills while earning a business degree at OSU.  CAPA offered him a part-time position in the accounting department before he graduated and was promoted to full-time after graduation.  Whittington eventually worked his way up to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CAPA by the time of former CEO Bill Conner's death last year.
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« Reply #198 on: September 02, 2017, 12:23:58 PM »
Cross-posted from the Columbus Downtown Convention Center development thread:  https://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,29158.msg871849.html#msg871849

A prominent new sculpture has been installed at the corner of High and Goodale in the north atrium of the newly-expanded Convention Center.  First, two teaser stories about it:

Interactive Sculpture to be Revealed at the Convention Center this Thursday

The Convention Facilities Authority will hold a VIP celebration event this Thursday for the completion of the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s renovations, and the unveiling of a “one-of-a-kind interactive LED sculpture designed to represent Central Ohio’s deep diversity.”

The renovation cost $140 million and spanned two years, adding 95,000 square feet to the Convention Center, as well as an 800-space parking garage — Goodale Garage.

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http://www.columbusunderground.com/interactive-sculpture-to-be-revealed-at-the-convention-center-this-thursday-ls1



Signature public art piece for Columbus set for unveiling Thursday

An interactive piece of public art that officials hope will become nationally known is set to be unveiled at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Thursday.

The sculpture, titled “As We Are,” is a 14-foot multimedia display shaped in the form of a human head that projects visitors’ faces onto its form using 850,000 LED lights.

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/08/31/signature-public-art-piece-for-columbus-set-for.html


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« Reply #199 on: September 02, 2017, 12:24:33 PM »
And here are two articles about the "As We Are" head sculpture, after its Thursday preview showing.  The first link contains a really good video that explains the sculpture, as well as a photo slideshow:


- Columbus' newest public art piece is a 3D multimedia sculpture that displays faces on a 14-foot head lit by 850,000 LEDs (Video):  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/08/31/photos-columbus-newest-public-art-piece-is-a-3d.html


- More pics and info on the head sculpture from the Dispatch:  http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170901/new-columbus-convention-center-sculpture-called-ultimate-selfie-machine

-- “As We Are,” created by Columbus College of Art & Design professor Matthew Mohr, made its debut during an invitation-only event at the just-renovated Greater Columbus Convention Center.  The 14-foot metal sculpture is covered with 850,000 LED lights.  A built-in photo booth at its back, featuring 32 digital cameras, captures the image of a subject’s head from many angles simultaneously.  The resulting image is superimposed on the blank canvas of the giant head.  Images will be stored and will be shown on a rotating basis.

-- The sculpture is located at the corner of High and Goodale in the new north atrium of the expanded convention center.  The sculpture will face toward the interior of the convention center during the day and rotate to face High Street at night.

-- Civic, business and religious leaders were invited Thursday to have their images added to the rotating collection to be displayed on the head.  Starting Friday, the public can visit the sculpture, with an attendant on hand to help visitors have their faces displayed on it.  On Saturday, it will have its big public debut, when the convention center will participate in the Short North’s monthly Gallery Hop for the first time.


Artist and CCAD professor Matthew Mohr in front of "As We Are" sculpture. The image on the sculpture is his 12-year-old daughter.



Photo booth inside the sculpture.



The face of the subject emerging from the photo booth in the previous image is superimposed onto the sculpture in the atrium.
The panels surrounding the sculpture will be removed for Friday's public viewing, Saturday's gallery hop and going forward.
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« Reply #200 on: January 30, 2018, 03:03:57 PM »
‘User fee’ on ticket sales would benefit Columbus arts groups

Hoping to provide long-term stability for arts organizations in Columbus, the Greater Columbus Arts Council will soon ask the city council to approve a “user fee” on certain ticket sales and also request funding from Franklin County.  GCAC President Tom Katzenmeyer said the plan could generate between $15 million and $20 million a year, most of which would go back to the dozens of artists and organizations that GCAC supports.
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Katzenmeyer said the GCAC will brief council members about the proposal in a meeting next week.  If the council approves the plan, a charge of between 3 and 8 percent would be added to all tickets to arts, cultural, entertainment and professional sporting events within the city limits.  That would include events at Nationwide Arena, Value City Arena and Ohio Stadium — except for collegiate and high-school sporting events.

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« Reply #201 on: February 14, 2018, 01:17:34 PM »


Convention center’s ‘As We Are’ statue gaining attention, visitors
By Marla Matzer Rose, The Columbus Dispatch
Updated: February 9, 2018 at 7:22 AM


It may not have the iconic status of Chicago’s “Bean,” but Matthew Mohr’s “As We Are” sculpture at the Greater Columbus Convention Center is getting plenty of recognition.  Since it was unveiled six months ago, capping the center’s $140 million renovation, the interactive, three-dimensional LED sculpture of a human head has garnered national, and even international, attention in the media and from other cities seeking a similar work from Mohr, a professor at the Columbus College of Art & Design.

The sculpture, within the center and visible from High Street near E. Goodale Street, includes a sort of high tech “selfie booth” that allows visitors to have their image taken and projected on the 14-foot sculpture.  After displaying the new image, the photo is stored and becomes part of a rotation of images displayed.  As of late January, more than 10,000 people had added their photos to the database.

It’s been featured on CNN and the Huffington Post and in trade publications serving the convention and visitor industry. ... “I’m getting contacted literally on a daily basis,” Mohr said.  “I’ve been offered to bring it to Barcelona for a TV show. I’ve been contacted from people in China, Japan ... I was asked to do a TED talk in Vancouver."  Mohr has also been contacted about possibly doing a smaller-scale version of “As We Are” to be featured as part of a temporary “pop-up” installation in New York’s Times Square.  One thing Mohr won’t do is make a literal copy of “As We Are.”  He promised the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, which controls the convention center, an exclusive.

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« Reply #202 on: February 22, 2018, 01:34:58 PM »


Lots more photos of ‘As We Are’ (aka 'The Big Head sculpture') from their instagram page:

https://www.instagram.com/as__we__are/
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« Reply #203 on: March 12, 2018, 01:47:01 PM »
http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180309/hamilton-spurs-sellout-of-season-passes-for-broadway-in-columbus

The 16,000 season passes for Broadway in Columbus sold out for the first time ever Thursday, leaving only about half of the seats available for single-show sales for the Broadway hit’s three-week stop at the Ohio Theatre.  Across 24 shows between Jan. 29 and Feb. 17, 2019, about 66,000 people will see “Hamilton” in Columbus.  About 33,000 tickets will be released for single-show sales at a yet-to-be-announced date.

Tickets to “Hamilton” in Columbus already have popped up on the secondary market under skyrocketing prices.  The cheapest available on ticketnetwork.com as of Friday morning was $423 each to sit in the balcony.  After that, tickets jump to more than $600.
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« Reply #204 on: March 15, 2018, 06:15:47 PM »
^They won't be that expensive when they go on sale to the public.
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« Reply #205 on: May 17, 2018, 11:37:08 AM »
Story of Percy King - former football player who played safety at Ohio State in the late 90's and briefly in the NFL - who is now an artist in Columbus who creates large-scale 3-D wood portraits with something he calls the ‘Shaolin Wood Technique’:

http://www.columbusalive.com/entertainment/20170726/arts-feature-former-osu-footballer-carving-out-spot-in-arts-community
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« Reply #206 on: May 17, 2018, 11:37:37 AM »
After nationally-known artist Aminah Robinson died in 2015, her will named the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) as the beneficiary of her public works of art.  This includes works that are displayed in the Hammond Harkins Gallery in Columbus and the American Contemporary Art in New York City.  It also includes her longtime home on the city’s East Side.

After she died, CMA brought specialists into the home to help with documenting all that she left behind - known for her prolific output, Robinson used almost every room in the house as a studio and filled journal after journal with her writings and illustrations - then they began moving items to the museum for storage.  Meanwhile, a community advisory group was formed to come up with a plan for the house - CMA is leaning toward establishing it as an artists’ residency.

CMA also hopes to hold a major exhibition of Robinson’s work in 2020 with the working title of "Aminah’s House":

http://www.columbusmonthly.com/lifestyle/20170707/arts-story-behind-aminah-robinsons-gift-of-life
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« Reply #208 on: June 13, 2018, 11:28:35 AM »
https://www.columbusunderground.com/sherri-geldin-stepping-down-from-wexner-center-after-25-years

The Wexner Center for the Arts announced that Director Sherri Geldin will be stepping down from her role at the end of 2018, following 25 years of service in the position.
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Re: Columbus: Arts News & Discussion
« Reply #209 on: June 13, 2018, 11:29:50 AM »
Stev Guyer, founder of local theatrical group Shadowbox Live, passed away in March at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer.  Earlier this year, Guyer stepped away from his duties as CEO and President of the group following surgery.

Members of the Shadowbox troupe assumed Stev Guyer’s leadership roles at that time and will continue to operate this arts group that he founded in 1989:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/shadowbox-live-founder-stev-guyer-has-died-we1

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/03/30/shadowbox-live-continues-on-after-death-of-co.html
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