For over a century the Ohio Art League has staged twice-annual juried exhibitions for its members. The League’s 2018 Fall Juried Exhibition will be shown in the Shot Tower Gallery on the Fort Hayes Campus, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd, Columbus, OH. The exhibition runs from September 4 through October 12, with the gallery being open during school hours. An artists’ reception is planned for Thursday, September 6th, from 6 to 8 PM. As in prior years, this show spotlights the best of contemporary art being created by artists across the state. One Hundred Twenty-six artists submitted 348 artworks for consideration by the jurors, who selected 61 pieces for the show. At the artists’ reception OAL will announce the winner of the jurors’ award – cash and a residency at the Can Serrat arts community in Spain.
Our Jurors of Esteem who selected the art for the exhibition are: Sophie Blais, Director of the CAN SERRAT art residence, in the village of El Bruc, Spain; and local artist, Roger Williams. Ms. Blais previously served as a co-juror for Ohio Art League’s 2016 Spring Juried Exhibition. Mr. Williams has been a major presence in the Columbus art scene for many years, and joined the Art League back when it was known as the Columbus Art League.
The Ohio Art League is a non-profit, member-based organization for artists. Founded in 1909, OAL is the longest continually operating non-profit art league in the state. The organization works strategically to help Ohio cultivate and retain top visual art talent while positioning the state as a hub for the visual arts.
Through OAL, member artists receive support across all stages of their careers. OAL helps make connections with patrons of the arts and the broader Ohio arts community; provides opportunities for exhibition and exhibition awards; and offers workshops, professional development and a variety of networking events.
Originally founded as the Columbus Art League by a group of 40 graduates of the Columbus Art School (now CCAD) for the purpose of organizing artists with an objective of “mutual and public benefit,” OAL has affected the lives of thousands of Ohio artists. Distinguished members include Alice Schille, Roy Lichtenstein, Emerson Burkhart, Aminah Robinson and George Bellows.
OAL remains a safe space for artists to show in a non-commercial setting and is proud to have contributed to the revival of the Short North as a thriving Arts District. OAL’s X Space, a multidisciplinary project and programming space in partnership with Franklinton Arts District at 400 West Rich Street Art Studios in Columbus, provides flexible experimental space for members to work in concert with the community in this emerging arts area.