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National, local artists take the riverfront stage at annual Columbus festival

June 10, 2014
Columbus resident Paula Jackson stood in one of the white booth tents lined on the Scioto River bridge, taking in the moment of her first ever showcase at the Columbus Arts Festival. “Just seeing this whole thing progress is amazing. There are a lot of upcoming artists in the area. I’m really blown away,” Jackson, 22, said. The 53rd annual Columbus Arts Festival was held Friday through Sunday in downtown Columbus. The festival, put on by the Greater Columbus Arts Council with the help of more than 100 volunteers, brought together 282 visual artists, selected from a pool of more than 1,100 applicants, festival director Scott Huntley said Friday. He… Read more

Wexner family’s Picassos, other art to be displayed in fall exhibition

May 27, 2014
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As it approaches its 25th anniversary, the Wexner Center for the Arts is set to feature a variety of works this fall, as well as give visitors a peek into the personal gallery of Les Wexner and his wife, Abigail. Beginning Sept. 21 and running through Dec. 31, the Wexner Center is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary with “Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection,” displaying works from the art collection of the businessman and Ohio State alumnus. Pieces to be on view include original masterworks of artists Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Jean Dubuffet, who are known virtuosos in their respective art movements, including cubism, expressionism, surrealism… Read more

Ohio State student takes historical self-portraits for class, assignment goes viral

May 9, 2014
Although Annalisa Hartlaub has yet to become a collegiate pupil of Ohio State, the 16-year-old Westerville native already implemented almost 100 years of “time and change” to her likeness. Hartlaub, a post-secondary student at OSU and a junior at Columbus Metro Early College High School, was assigned a portraiture project in her Photography I class at OSU spring semester. Her submission of 20 self-portraits replicating two distinct countercultures from each decade, beginning with the 1920s and ending in the 2010s, was something she hoped the teaching assistant would like. As a result, she received a grade of 100 percent for the project, and the Internet began to show interest on… Read more

Art, technology to intermingle in Ohio State exhibit

April 21, 2014
Art and technology are set to mingle in a modern student showcase at Ohio State. SQUINT, the art and technology spring exhibition, is set to open Tuesday on the first floor of Hopkins Hall. The exhibition features work from undergraduate and graduate students currently taking classes in art and technology at OSU. Shirley Wu, a third-year in art, said the process for students to display their work at the exhibition is challenging. Wu said students submit their pieces to be judged by their instructors and are then selected for a spot in the exhibition. The art and technology major, a division of the department of art, has allowed some of… Read more

Opinion: Pop culture relevance makes GIFs a new art form

April 21, 2014
It turns out GIFs aren’t just for BuzzFeed or your sister’s Tumblr anymore — they’re also for … London art galleries? When I saw a Facebook post titled, “A panel of judges selected these GIFs as finalists in a newly created photography contest. They’re mesmerizing,” I almost discredited any esteem and respect I held for the Washington Post on the spot. However, after clicking the link, I must say I was indeed mesmerized, not only by the artwork displayed but by the fact that I considered it artwork. The article showed the winner, Christina Rinaldi, and 5 runners up, which all showed a surprising amount of work and intention aimed… Read more

Ohio State fine arts seniors’ work to be exhibited in show

April 14, 2014
Ohio State’s graduating fine arts majors have one last commitment before leaving the university — the Senior Projects Exhibition. Works from the graduating art students are set to presented at the Urban Arts Space Tuesday in the Department of Art’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Spring 2014 Senior Projects Exhibition. As part of the fine arts curriculum requirement, artists are set to display work from a range of media and approaches during the course of their OSU studies, including drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures. George Rush, assistant professor of Drawing and Painting and faculty adviser for fine arts Drawing and Painting students, said the exhibition is a vital opportunity for students… Read more

Ohio State design students display senior theses in spring exhibit

April 1, 2014
For some, the senior thesis has a drab stigma — tedious, visually uninteresting and impractical — but that is not the case for seniors in Ohio State’s Department of Design. A refrigerator redesign, an online network for upcycling and a better children’s healthcare facility are just some of the senior theses on display in the Department of Design’s 2014 spring exhibition. The annual nine-day exhibition opened March 26 and showcases the senior thesis projects of undergraduates in industrial, interior and visual communication design, as well as select work from MFA design students, Mary Beecher, Department of Design chairwoman, said Monday in an email. Students began researching their projects during Fall… Read more

Ohio State students bring American performance, art to China

March 18, 2014
It is not every day that Ohio State receives recognition for its art programs instead of its engineering or business departments. One group of students studying the arts might have impacted what OSU is known for globally when it traveled to China this month. Nearly 30 OSU students involved in the performing arts went to China from March 7 to Monday in order to showcase their work for audiences. Students from OSU’s Jazz Ensemble, some members that are involved in the Department of Dance and the Freestyle Rap and Beatbox Club presented their performances in the cities of Nanning, Xinxiang, Shenyang and Changchun. Trips such as this show the arts… Read more

Artist David Garibaldi paints on canvas, dances on Ohio State stage

March 4, 2014
One artist was able to garner a national presence through his brand of performance painting. The Ohio Union Activities Board hosted David Garibaldi, a performance paint artist and former contestant of the television show “America’s Got Talent,” Monday evening. Garibaldi painted four portraits while he was on stage. He painted a portrait of Michael Jackson in a matter of minutes while the audience listened to Jackson’s song “Thriller.” He painted a portrait of a couple leaning in for a kiss, a portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. and another of Albert Einstein. His journey to becoming a performance painter began when he was growing up in Sacramento where he was… Read more

Scholarship created by Ohio State alumni aims to help persecuted scholars seek refuge

March 3, 2014
A passion for the arts, combined with a desire to give back, led Ohio State alumna Jan Dilenschneider to choose to help oppressed scholars in art from around the world. Dilenschneider, who graduated from Ohio State in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts education, said her husband, Robert Dilenschneider, surprised her by giving a gift of $250,000 to the Institute of International Education. This gift established the Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award in the Arts. Mark Angelson, chairman of the IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund, said the institute began its tradition of rescuing scholars from troubled areas around the world in 1921 with the rescues of Russian scholars… Read more