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David Barber, Ohio Arts Council board member

David Barber Appointed to OAC Board

Governor John R. Kasich has appointed David B. Barber of Grandview Heights to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board for a term ending July 1, 2020.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Mr. Barber to the OAC board,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “Through his work as a creative professional and his extensive personal involvement in the arts, Dave has dedicated his time and talents to artistic outreach in myriad fields. Whether creating graphic design elements for national communication campaigns or donating his time to assist local charities in their outreach efforts, Dave’s dedication and passion exemplifies the positive impact the arts have on all aspects of our lives.”

Born and raised in Kettering, Ohio, Mr. Barber graduated from Ohio University with an English degree with specializations in art and film and continued his art education by taking courses at the Columbus College of Art and Design and Columbus State. He is a Creative Services Consultant at Nationwide, where he has worked for 24 years. A “big idea” creator, Mr. Barber applies his graphic design and concepting expertise to advise and develop national communications campaigns that synthesize traditional, environmental, digital, and social marketing techniques. His work has been awarded accolades from MarCom, Graphic Design USA, SIAA, and HOW Magazine.

Mr. Barber’s involvement in the arts extends beyond the office. In addition to mentoring young professionals participating in the creative internship and apprenticeship programs he pioneered at Nationwide, Mr. Barber previously served as vice president of the Columbus Society of Communicating the Arts. He has also created communications materials pro bono for a variety of local charitable institutions and organizations, including the Homeless Families Foundation, The Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation, Dress for Success Columbus, the Columbus School for Girls, and the United Nations International School. Mr. Barber currently resides in Grandview Heights with his wife, Mona, and their two children.

“As a creative professional who has benefitted immensely from Ohio’s rich culture, I am honored to serve on the board of the Ohio Arts Council,”Mr. Barber said. “After meeting with Donna Collins and her team, I was inspired by the OAC’s plan to nurture the arts in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. I look forward to supporting the OAC’s mission, discovering new artists, and learning about our state’s innovative arts organizations.”

All appointments remain subject to the advice and consent of the Ohio Senate.

The OAC Board is composed of 15 voting members appointed by the governor, and four non-voting members—two each from the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives. The Council Board is responsible for final approval of funding requests. The Board meets four times during a calendar year and all meetings are open to the public.

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


Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist
Photo courtesy of Dave Barber

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