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Ohio Art League has been showcasing the work of contemporary Ohio artists since 1910. Its annual juried exhibitions have been the backbone of the organization's artistic programming. For The State of Ohio, guest juror Lisa Dent challenged artists to explore diverse topics of statewide interest, such as the environment, politics and family. 

Kim Webb, Director of Ohio Art League: “We asked Lisa Dent to be our juror because of her experience nationally, her expertise in the field, and her relationship with Ohio. (Dent is former associate curator of contemporary art at the Columbus Museum of Art, and has taught courses in art history and design at the Columbus College of Art & Design at The Ohio State University.) Also, Creative Capital is one of the biggest funders of independent artists in the world. We want to introduce our member artists to people who will help enrich their careers.”

The State of Ohio will feature 18 recent works of art by 13 artists across the state from August 12 – September 10, 2016 at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, 139 W. Main St. Columbus, OH 43215. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Exhibiting Artists: Ginny Baughman (Westerville), Ryn Clarke (Chagrin Falls), Lisa Di Giacomo (Dublin), Daric Gill (Grandview Heights), Morris Jackson (Columbus), Kathy McGhee (Galloway), Bradley Paskievitch (New Albany), Johnny Runciman (Columbus), Robert Studzinski (Bexley), Nico Pico Train (Cleveland), Timothy Tyree (Maumee), Paul D. Wilbur (Columbus), Evie Zimmer (Mayfield Hts)

The State of Ohio is made possible by generous support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, Bette Wallach Fund, Ingram White-Castle Foundation, Columbus College of Art & Design, the Mary Lou Chess Memorial Fund and the Renée and Edward Steidle Fund, and KEMBA Financial Credit Union.

About our Juror of Esteem Lisa Dent:

Before joining Creative Capital as Director of Resources & Award Programs, Lisa Dent served as the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. Dent previously held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and was a director at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York.  In addition, Dent has worked in film and the performing arts as a scenic designer, art director and producer on numerous projects. From 2004-08, Dent owned and managed Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco, where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists. She has served on several juries and committees and is currently a board member of Visual AIDS.  She has taught courses in art history and design at Cooper Union, University of California, Davis, Columbus College of Art and Design, and The Ohio State University. Dent received her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies.







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