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Nude paintings found offensive in Westerville

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The Other Paper wrote Banned in Westerville

BY RICHARD ADES / FEBRUARY 28, 2008

Jerry Tollifson said he was depressed after a gallery forced him to remove three nude artworks from an exhibition because they were deemed too explicit.

But he also seems to be enjoying the situation. After all, it’s not every artist who can say he’s been censored, especially at the mature age of 83.

In Tollifson’s case, it was female nudes that got him in trouble. The three “totems,” ranging in height from about 3 feet to more than 6 feet, were part of an exhibition that opened in January at the Shremshock Art Gallery at the offices of Shremshock Architects in Westerville.

Gallery director Gloria Shremshock had no problem with the nudes, he said, but she called him about four days after the opening and told him some of the firm’s employees found them offensive.

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