Thursday, July 24, 2014

Free Art Walks & Landmark Talks Return for 2014

Columbus Landmarks is once again joining forces with Columbus Public Health to offer 32 free guided Art Walks & Landmark Talks this summer and fall. The free, one-hour walking tours are made possible with support from the Ohio Humanities Council. We will kick-off the series in Franklinton on Monday, June 2. Tours are offered weekly on Monday evenings and some Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Columbus Art Walks were developed by Columbus Public Health asself-guided walking maps with audio tours of 13 districts. Columbus Art Walks & Landmark Talks bring to life the maps and key features, providing a guide to narrate the public art, architecture and history along the route. We are offering tours of each district on two or three different dates featuring different routes each time, so every tour provides the opportunity to see/learn something new.
Get your week off on the right foot and join the conversation! No registration required – simply show up at the meeting place a few minutes before 6:30 p.m. Tours cover approximately one mile at a leisurely pace. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. In case of inclement or threatening weather, please call 614.221.0227 – we will leave a recorded message by 5:30 p.m. regarding tour status. If  it’s a light rain or brief pop-up shower, with no thunder or lightening, we will proceed with the tour. Bring an umbrella!
EVENINGS from 6:30PM-7:30PM
Date                     District                  Meeting location                     Address
Mon, June 2         Franklinton             Genoa Park-COSI                         303 W Broad St
Mon, June 9         German Village      Livingston Ave UMC                   200 E Livingston Ave
Mon, June 16       Arena District         North Market                                59 Spruce St
Mon, June 23      Merion Village        St. Leo Church                               221 Hanford St
Sun, June 29        Near East                Columbus Public Health             240 Parsons Ave
Mon, June 30      Franklinton            Avondale Elementary School      141 Hawkes Ave
Sun, July 6          Highland West       St Aloysius Church                        2165 W Broad St
Sun, July 6          Clintonville             North Broadway UMC                  32 E North Broadway
Mon, July 7        CANCELLED             German Village
Mon, July 14      Short North             Goodale Park Fountain                 120 W Goodale Blvd
Mon, July 21      Near East                  Lincoln Theatre                              769 E Long St
Sun, July 27       University District  Indianola Elementary                   140 E 16th Ave
Sun, July 27      Short North               The Wonder Bread Factory          728 Hamlet St
Mon, July 28    Arena District           Arch Park                                          Nationwide Blvd
Sun, Aug 3         Franklinton              Harrison House                               570 W Broad St
Sun, Aug 3         Discovery District   Topiary Park Gatehouse                480 E Town St
Mon, Aug 4        Clintonville              Nancy’s Home Cooking                  3133 N High St
Mon, Aug 11       Short North             St. Francis Church                           386 Buttles Ave
Mon, Aug 18      German Village       St Mary’s Church                             684 S Third St
Mon, Aug 25      Discovery District   Thurber House                                 77 Jefferson Avenue
Sun, Sept 7        River South               Columbus Cultural Arts Center     139 W Main St
Sun, Sept 7        University District   Ohio Union, High St entrance       1739 N High St
Mon, Sept 8      Brewery District       King Gambrinus Statue                    Near 585 S Front St
Mon, Sept 15    Capitol Square          Central Presbyterian Church        132 S 3rd St
Sept 22              Merion Village          Barrett Middle School                    Deshler Ave & Bruck St
Sept 28              Capitol Square         Saint Joseph Cathedral                    212 E Broad St
Sept 28              River South              St. John’s Church                              59 E Mound St
Sept 29             University District    Ohio Stadium                                    411 Woody Hayes Dr
Oct 5                 Clintonville                Indianola Alternative School           251 E Weber Rd
Oct 6                 Discovery District    Columbus Metropolitan Library      96 S Grant Ave
Oct 12                Brewery District       500 S Front St Plaza                          500 S Front St
Oct 12               Highland West          West Broad Elementary School        2744 W Broad St
Experience two of last year’s Art Walks & Landmark Talks by viewing videos produced by CTV, Columbus Television:
>>VIEW 2013 Franklinton Art Walk & Landmark Talk
>>VIEW 2013 Short North Art Walk & Landmark Talk

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CCAD Faculty Shows Work in Upper Arlington Gallery

Works by Julie Abijanac, associate professor of Foundation Studies and Fine Arts alumna (CCAD 1992), and Dean Emeritus Char Norman make up the exhibitionRemnants of Casualties at the Concourse Gallery in Upper Arlington, OH.  
Concourse Gallery
Works by Julie Abijanac and Char Norman are on
display at the Concourse Gallery. Image courtesy of
The two-artist show “is based on found remnants of the natural world presented as icons,” Abijanac and Norman said on the gallery’s website. “As the natural environment is slowly deteriorating, we are forced to deal with the casualties of our actions.”
Abijanac teaches design and studio professions at CCAD and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan and the Zanesville Museum of Art. She was awarded first place in fiber at the 68th Annual Ohio Exhibition, and her work has been reviewed in the New Art Examiner as well as in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania newspapers.
Norman, a fiber artist, has lectured and exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. She has developed and conducted workshops for all ages, worked as a consultant to area schools and community arts organizations, and before her retirement held the position of associate provost and dean of faculty at CCAD.
Remnants of Casualties is on display through August 15 at the Concourse Gallery, 3600 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington, OH, 43221.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The 2015 Sculpture Design Professional Artist: Molly J. Burke

AICUO is excited to announce that Molly Burke will be the professional artist for the 2015 Excellence in the Visual Arts Awards Competition. Beginning in January, Molly will work with the winner of the Sculpture Design competition in order to create the awards for the EVA's competition. 

Molly J. Burke was born and raised in a Miamisburg, OH.  She attended Columbus College of Art and Design, where she received her BFA in 2006.  In 2009, Molly completed her MFA in Glass at The Ohio State University; she has also attended Pilchuck School of Glass near Seattle, WA. 
Ms Burke’s work is concerned with issues of growth and preservation. She creates forms that use multiples, and repeated motion is involved throughout the making process, considering growth through repetition in form.  However upon closer examination works that are viewed are about dying cells and tumors, objects that have been lost or forgotten, a cataloguing of dead specimens and a slow release of tension in an ever decreasing Insectary.
Ms. Burke examines these subjects on a microscopic plane blown out of proportion to the macro level.  Using materials and imagery to suit the needs of each installation, she works to create an environment that will encompass the audiences’ vision and for a brief moment fully engage them.  These works are about life and death, the incredible flurry of activity that occurs during a life span and then the eerie sterile tranquility that follows death.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Interview with 2014 Finalist Chloe McEldowney

How have you grown as an artist since coming to college?

I’ve learned to embrace the process. Coming into college, I always had a set ideas of what a piece should look like at the end. I struggled immensely trying to get exactly what was in my head onto the surface. Over the years, I’ve learned to appreciate the accidents that happen during the painting process. Often, those mistakes are more beautiful than what I had intended.

What type of art do you look to for inspiration?

Being a figurative artist, it is pretty obvious that I would look at figurative art as an inspiration. However, my curiosity does not stop there. I look at all forms of art for inspiration – and all aspects of life for that matter. Just the other day, I was walking through the grocery store and something was spilled in the aisle. I remember thinking, “that is such a beautiful color, I need to use that color.” I don’t know if it was mud, vomit, or smashed produce – either way, it brought me inspiration.

How has participating in this competition helped you develop as a professional artist?

I’ve made a lot of contacts through this competition that I am entirely grateful for. Also, speaking on the artist panel was a great way for me to express my artistic process verbally – which is something I don’t always get to do. Additionally, exhibiting my work at Grid Furnishings has been a wonderful opportunity!

What are your plans after graduation with the arts?

I plan to make art – just keep making art as much art as I can. 

Also check out Chloe's work at Grid Furnishings on June 7th during the Short North Gallery Hop!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Art Awards Coordinator: Matt Soppelsa


Matt Soppelsa, the 2013-2014 Art Awards Coordinator, discusses his experiences at AICUO. Interested in being the 2015-2016 Art Awards Coordinator? Check out the flyer below!

Matt Soppelsa at the AICUO Office in Downtown Columbus, OH

Monday, May 5, 2014

Grid Furnishings in May Gallery Hop

Tim Friar of Grid Furnishings in the Short North talks about his role in the May Gallery Hop and the EVA's.