29 July 19 Artists Receive OAC Awards at State Fair July 29, 2015 artists, For Artists, For the Public, News, Public Awards, Cox Fine Arts, OAC, Ohio Arts Council, Ohio State Fair Fine Arts 0 The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) presented 19 awards totaling $7,100 at the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition opening reception on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. “The Fine Arts Exhibition engages artists and fairgoers from all corners of the state,” said Donna S. Collins, executive director of the OAC. “The OAC award recipients, and all exhibiting artists, are an excellent representation of the amazing creative talent living and working in Ohio.” More than 400 amateur and professional artworks, along with 14 short films, were selected for the exhibition. Jurors include Janice Driesbach, Akron Art Museum; Martina Lopez, professional visual artist; and Robert E. Peppers, Ohio University School of Art + Design. A grand total of $19,650 in awards was presented at the Fine Arts Exhibition. Many other organizations and individuals sponsored awards, including: the McConnell Arts Center, Creative Arts of Women, Westbridge Camera Club, William J. Shelia Riat, City of Upper Arlington, Collage of Women Artists, Connie Layne Memorial, Hazen-Taft, Southern Hills Arts Council, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. OAC-supported award recipients and winning pieces are listed below by category: Ten $300 Professional Awards Jessica Summers, Findlay, The Haircut Barbara Vogel, Columbus, Ursula Dazing Lisa Bumbaugh Vottero, Columbus, Unexpected Interlude David & Roberta Williamson, Berea, Botanical Study Julian David & Roberta Williamson, Berea, Botanical Study Julianna Bibb, Columbus, Tomatoes Ken Coon, Fairport Harbor, Work Days Julie Woodrow, Marysville, Donkey Nathan Gorgen, Columbus, Imminent Unmasking Kellie McDermott, Columbus, Window Wall Danna Lynn Harper, Columbus, Pool Studies One $250 New Artist Professional Award Carol Stewart, Columbus, Paper Lanterns Two $500 Professional Photography Perspective Awards James Aubry, Waterville, Cool Cat Ralph Corriveau, Columbus, Not Going Anywhere Two $250 Amateur Awards Issac Smith, Bowling Green, Stasis Emily Dockery, Chauncey, Stranded One $250 New Artist Amateur Award Mollie Hannon, Columbus, Baggage 1 One $500 Amateur Photography Perspective Award Jordan Potts, Columbus, On the Inside One OAC Purchase Award for $1,500 Richard Lillash, Columbus, Blue & Grey Still Life One OAC Purchase Award for $100 Martha Gaustad, Toledo, Shutterpencilbrushii An OAC-sponsored $500 People’s Choice Award was also presented at the close of the exhibition to James Mellick of Milford Center for his piece Wounded Warrior Dogs Project. His piece received the most votes from fair visitors. The Fine Arts Exhibition was open to the public for the duration of the Ohio State Fair in the Cox Fine Arts Center at the Ohio Expo Center. ABOUT THE OHIO ARTS COUNCIL The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at oac.ohio.gov. ### Comments are closed.