GCAC Presents: Ohio Art League
How does a 105-year-old organization remain vital and relevant? Enlist a dedicated group of board members. Engage a cadre of talented members. Evolve with the needs of the community.
At least that’s the way the Ohio Art League is doing it.
OAL is a non-profit, member-based organization for visual artists. Founded in 1909, Ohio Art League is the longest continually operating non-profit in the state. The board of OAL believes adaptability is the key to longevity. Currently undergoing a renaissance, the League soon will be introducing our new director, we are finalizing arrangements for exciting new gallery space in one of the city’s most substantial arts areas and we expect to announce a community gathering space in a burgeoning arts district this summer.
It is important to our mission that OAL remains a safe space for artists to show in a non-commercial setting. Through OAL, member artists receive support across all stages of their careers. We help make connections with patrons of the arts and the broader Ohio arts community, provide opportunities for exhibition and studio space and offer workshops, professional development and members-only events.
We take great pride in recognizing distinguished members across the years, including Alice Schille, Roy Lichtenstein, Emerson Burkhart, Aminah Robinson and George Bellows, and we are honored to have contributed to the revival of the Short North as a thriving Arts District.
Today’s OAL works strategically to help the state of Ohio grow and nurture its creative talent as a cultural center for the visual arts. Since 1910, OAL’s annual juried exhibitions have been the backbone of the organization’s artistic programming, showcasing contemporary work by Ohio artists. This year’s exhibition runs September 8 through October 15 at the Fort Hayes Shot Tower with juror of esteem Mary Gray, Gallery Director of Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery.
There are so many ways you can get involved as a member, patron, donor, sponsor, volunteer or intern. For more information, connect with us at oal.org today.
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.