30 November 37 Ohio Artists Featured in 12th Annual OOVAR Statewide Exhibition November 30, 2018 Art, artists, For Artists, For the Public, News, Public Carnegie Gallery, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Friends of the Library, Juried, Main Library, Marlene VonHandorf Steele, My Treasures are Within, OAC, Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry, OOVAR 0 The 12th annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR) Juried Exhibition is a treasure trove of talent. Featuring work by 37 Ohio artists, My Treasures Are Within: 12th Annual OOVAR Juried Exhibition is on view at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library’s Carnegie Gallery (96 S. Grant Ave., Second Floor) through Jan. 12. Presented by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), Columbus Metropolitan Library, and Friends of the Library, the exhibition showcases Ohio artists registered in OOVAR, a database of work of more than 1,900 artists from Ohio and all over the world. The artists on display hail from 22 Ohio cities and work in a variety of mediums. Artists in the show include: Fatima Azimova, Dublin Ginny Baughman, Westerville Donald Black Jr., Shaker Heights Edmund Boateng, Reynoldsburg Jennifer Brown, Reynoldsburg Stephen Calhoun, Cleveland Heights Dan Cleary, Dayton Clifford Darrett, Dayton Pamela Daum, Kent Randy DePuy, Columbus Lisa Di Giacomo, Dublin Leslie Durham, Cincinnati Phyllis Fannin, Lakewood Maureen France, Cincinnati Pam Geisel, Yellow Springs Becky Grasser, Kirtland Kari Gunter-Seymour, Albany Linda Hutchinson, Kent Glenna Jennings, Dayton Susie Jordan, Columbus Charlotte Lees, Solon Baila Litton, Cleveland Bob Maurer, Canton Kathleen McKenna, Shaker Heights Jason Morgan, Wilmington Ardine Nelson, Columbus Elizabeth Nelson, Columbus Frauke Palmer, Columbus Katherine Palmer, Columbus Hollis Richardson, Strongsville Michael Rosen, Glenford James Ruby, Newburgh Heights John Sargent III, South Euclid Vanda Sucheston Hughes, Columbus Gwen Waight, Peninsula Paul Wilbur, Columbus Evie Zimmer, Cleveland A filterable list of artists and their work in the exhibition can be downloaded here. Exhibition juror Marlene VonHandorf Steele, a Cincinnati-based artist who serves as arts ambassador to Ohio for the Portrait Society of America, said she found the variety of artwork impressive and added that it was interesting to see how each of the artists explored the “My Treasures Are Within” theme. “The exhibition title … is uniquely personal and inwardly directed. The theme asserts self-searching and self-affirmation in the positive, accepting passions and dreams as well as perceived flaws and imperfections,” Steele said. “In reviewing the submissions of these Ohio-based artists, I was personally impressed by several works expressively concerned with 'home space' and deep community roots. The artists’ utilization of these elements authenticates their personal introspectiveness while projecting a sense of community identity and ‘personal place.’” This year, the show’s three jurors are Steele, Tamara James of Friends of the Library, and Greg Easterling of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. In addition to selecting the pieces for the show, each of the jurors will award one $500 Juror’s Choice Award. These three $500 awards are sponsored by the OAC. A People’s Choice Award of $500, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be selected based on ballots cast by patrons of the gallery and library through Jan. 9. Awards will be presented publicly on Jan. 12 during a closing reception held at the Main Library from 2 to 4 p.m. 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. ### Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist Comments are closed.