On View: 

EARTHY DELIGHTS | August 4 - October 9, 2016

Javier Gutierrez, Brinco Deborah Orloff, Honeymoon Portrait   Joseph Minek, 89_ksepp_e61dcdb_l 

15 Contemporary Ohio Photographers Capture Earth's Curiosities 
Curated by Marcella Hackbardt, Kenyon College


Darren Baker | Waverly     
 Robert Ladislas Derr | Columbus    
 Javier Gutierrez | Columbus    
 Virginia Kistler | Gahanna    
 Paula Willmot Kraus | Oakwood    
 Kent Krugh | Fairfield    
 Joseph Minek | Lakewood    
 Emily Hanako Momohara | Cincinnati    
 Deborah Orloff | Sylvania    
 Jeannette Palsa | Hudson    
 Ricky Rhodes | Lakewood    
 Mark Slankard | Rocky River    
 Jordan Tate | Cincinnati    
 Jessica Wascak | Lakewood    
 Emily Joy Zeller | Gambier    


Media Release

Media Kit

Curator's Statement

Emily Joy Zeller | Gambier


Opening Reception | Thursday, August 4, 5 - 7 p.m.
Join us for a public reception and meet the exhibiting artists, curator, and other arts enthusiasts. The trio Studio 3 Jazz Ensemble will perform.

Curator's Tour | Friday, August 5, noon - 1 p.m. 
Marcella Hackbardt will lead an in-depth tour discussing exhibition themes, the selection process, and the artists’ work.


Ohio photographers, Stephen Takacs and Shari Wilkins, will lead free workshops on Thursday, August 25, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Bring your imagination and a friend to experience one creative afternoon.

Snap and Wear a Pic of ______. | Thursday, August 25, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Whatever it is that you love, get inspired and capture it with your smart phone or camera, and Stephen Takacs will hand transfer it onto a t-shirt! Snap a pic of your pet, a favorite meal, or a special place, and then flaunt what you love in our version of "show and tell." To ensure your spot, register here and email your photo to riffefellow@oac.ohio.gov by August 23

Flip Found Vintage Photos | Thursday, August 25, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cleveland Print Room founder Shari Wilkins will lead a transformative workshop using found photography and other various media. Participants will embellish antique cabinet cards, launching antique portraits into imaginary worlds. 

Writing Workshop

Excavating Stories through Creative Writing | Thursday, September 22, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
OAC Artist-in-Residence and playwright Michael London will lead participants through various creative writing exercises using the Earthy Delights exhibition as inspiration. With each unique exercise, writers will be challenged to focus on a single aspect of a story, digging deeper into its core until a great story is uncovered. Please register here by September 20.


Squeaky Clean Image Transfer | Saturday, October 1, 2 – 4 p.m.
Photographer Stephen Takacs will teach a “squeaky clean” workshop where families and friends transfer their own photos using hand sanitizer to create mixed media collages. This workshop is geared toward participants ages 6 and up; participants ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a registered caregiver. Please register here and send digital photos, five (5) per person maximum, to riffefellow@oac.ohio.gov by September 27.

Earthy Delights is produced by the OAC's Riffe Gallery. Media support is provided by CD102.5, CityScene, Ohio Channel, WOSU, Ohio Magazine, and WCBE 90.5 FM.

Lobby Exhibition: 

ART INSPIRED BY THE FRONT LINES | October 18 - November 13

A collaboration between the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery and Ohio Department of Veterans Services, artwork with military themes by living Ohio veterans and active service members will be on display in the Vern Riffe Center Lobby, directly outside the OAC’s Riffe Gallery. Artist entries will be accepted until September 1, 2016. Click here for exhibition application details.


MTWF 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
THUR  10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
SAT  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed Sundays and all state holidays


MARY GRAY | Riffe Gallery Director

Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts, First Floor Lobby
77 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3414

Front Desk: 614-644-9624
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