Natural Expressions: A Student Curated Exhibition

July 25 - October 19, 2019


The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery presents Natural Expressions: A Student Curated Exhibition, on display July 25 – October 19, 2019. Focused on artwork inspired by and concerned with nature, this exhibition is curated by four high school students with guidance by Erin Shapiro, curator of the Springfield Museum of Art.
Featured artists include Julia Christensen (Oberlin), Jean Koeller (New Carlisle), David LaPalombara (Athens), Doug McLarty (Xenia), Taryn McMahon (Ravenna), Emily Hanako Momohara (Cincinnati), Char Norman (Columbus), Jolene Powell (Marietta), Gregory Spaid (Gambier), Emily Sullivan Smith (Kettering), Barry Underwood (Cleveland Heights), and Roscoe Wilson (Hamilton).


Opening Reception | Thursday, July 25, 5 - 7 p.m.
Get a first look at the OAC Riffe Gallery's newest exhibition while mingling with artists, enthusiasts, and more. Live music by Derek DiCenzo.

Curators' Tour | Friday, July 26, noon - 1 p.m.
Erin Shapiro will join the exhibition's four student curators to give guests a tour of the works in the exhibition. Registrations suggested.

Artist Talk with Gregory Spaid | Tuesday, July 30, noon - 1 p.m.
Learn about Spaid's background and art creation process during a lunchtime hour lecture. Registrations suggested.

Artist Talk with Jolene Powell | Wednesday, August 7, noon - 1 p.m.
Learn about Jolene Powell's background and art creation process during this informational lecture. Registrations suggested.

Drop-In Workshop with Doug McLarty | Tuesday, August 20, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Learn from digital artist Doug McLarty during this hands-on workshop. Registrations suggested.

Artist Talk with Char Norman | Wednesday, September 4, noon - 1 p.m.
Learn about Norman's background and art creation process during a lunchtime hour lecture. Registrations suggested.

Friends and Family Workshop with Emily Sullivan Smith | Saturday, September 14, 1 - 3 p.m.
Bring family and friends to this hands-on workshop for participants of all ages! Registrations required.

Artist Talk with David LaPalombara | Wednesday, September 25, noon - 1 p.m.
Learn about LaPalombara's background and artmaking technique during this lunchtime hour artist talk. Registrations suggested.

Creative Writing Workshop with Susann Moeller | Thursday, October 10, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Participants will intertwine themes of nature and their environment into personal writings during this informative workshop. Registrations required.

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries.

The OAC Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215.

Hours: Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sundays and state holidays.

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