GCAC Presents: Now that You’ve Heard, Spread the Word
I first got involved in Ohio Art League a few years back, once I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Philosophy and Art History (what was I going to do with that I thought?), and I was looking into internships with respected arts organizations throughout Ohio. I wanted to completely immerse myself in the arts. So, I jumped into the deep! I started off as an Intern, worked hard, attended festivals, helped curate exhibitions, joined EVERY committee, studied hard, worked late and maybe bit off a little more than I could chew at some points. Now, I am the Administrative Assistant to the lovely Director, Esther Hall.
The Ohio Art League has an extensive history that should not be overlooked. It always surprises me how few people have heard of us. I mean come on, we are 105 years old!? Founded in 1909, by a group of forty graduates of the Columbus Art School, now known as the Columbus College of Art & Design, formed the Columbus Art Students League with the objective to allow the arts to have a “mutual and public benefit,” for all of Ohio.
Now, in 2014 Ohio Art League is an innovative leader in Ohio for supporting visual artists during all stages of their careers. They connect member artists to patrons of the arts, the community, and exhibit and studio spaces. They are here to help Ohio cultivate and retain top visual art talent while positioning the state as a hub for the visual arts.
Ohio Art League’s calendar is filled with programming as follows: professional development workshops, figure drawing on Sunday’s, our Spring and Fall juried exhibitions, current shows, and festivals. Almost anything we do is open to the public, but why wouldn’t you become a member?
Being a member allows you to really have a voice within the Ohio Art League, it is a member based organization and without our members we are nothing. You would have access to unique shows such as member-curated exhibitions, held monthly and voted on by our members, you can show your work in our One Night annual black tie fundraiser, as well as our holiday ‘Thumb Box’ exhibition that showcases works no larger than 6 x 6 x 6 inches.
With partnerships throughout the community, Ohio Art League creates connections and provides opportunities to their members. Recent Partnerships include the Ohio History Connection (formally the Ohio Historical Society), McConnell’s Arts Center, VSA Ohio, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
I want to extend an invitation to join me as a member or to get involved in Ohio Art League! Join us for a unique celebration, a festival by, for, and of local artists across Ohio.
Ohio Made: Celebrating Artists Now will be September 27th at the 800 E 17th Ave., the Ohio Village from 10am-5pm. Admission is FREE.
GCAC Presents is a bi-weekly column brought to you by the Greater Columbus Arts Council – supporting art and advancing culture in Columbus – in partnership with the Columbus Arts Marketing Association, a professional development and networking association of arts marketers. Each column will be written by a different local arts organization to give you an insiders look at the arts in Columbus.