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The ArtsOhio Blog is the Ohio Arts Council's way to share stories that highlight the arts in Ohio, feedback from the field, interviews with artists and staff, and more. Sign up for the ArtsOhio newsletter to receive a curated selection of posts each month.

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Meet the Staff: Andrew Paa, Communications Strategist

Originally from South Dakota, Andrew Paa studied in and called Northeast Ohio home for a number of years. Now, this violinist joins the staff of the Ohio Arts Council, ready to put his master's degree in mass communications and journalism from Kent State University to work.
The Dear Vaccine in-person response collection effort at the mass vaccination site at Kent State University's Field House. Photo courtesy of Wick Poetry Center.

Resilient Ohio: Global Vaccine Poem Receives Responses From Around the World

Shot, meet stanza: An international poetry project with collaborative roots in Ohio and Arizona is collecting responses from people around the globe who are reflecting on the coronavirus vaccine.
13th annual OOVAR Juried Show jurors' choice award winners. (From left) Linda Hutchinson (Kent), Donna Coleman (Oberlin), Angie Rucker (Westerville), Ohio Arts Council Artist Programs/Percent for Art Director Kathy Signorino, and OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. (Not pictured: People’s Choice Award winner Samantha Bias (Cleveland)

Ohio Artists Take Home Exhibition Honors at 13th Annual OOVAR Juried Show

The work of four Ohio artists received awards at the 13th annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR) Juried Show, which celebrated its closing reception at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Carnegie Gallery on Feb. 29.
Kent State University faculty members search for the title hidden in Shane Allbritton’s piece, “Thinking Made Visible.” Allbritton was commissioned to create two pieces relating to communications for KSU’s newly renovated Taylor Hall

Two New Public Art Pieces Come to Kent State University

At first glance, the new Percent for Art pieces in Kent State University’s Taylor Hall look like crazy crosswords. Or maybe a supersized Scrabble board. While the artwork itself might not actually be a giant puzzle, artist Shane Allbritton said figuring out how to "communicate communication" required some creative problem-solving.
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Fiber Arts in the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery will open its newest exhibition, Thread Count: The Intersection of Mathematics and Fiber Arts, on Thursday, May 2. This exhibition features work by 13 contemporary fiber artists from the state of Ohio. These artists have created work featuring a variety of materials, shapes, and sizes.

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