Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Exhibition

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Both the Columbus Museum of Art and the Greater Columbus Arts Council have been undergoing some notable changes of late, tailoring their respective efforts to be more responsive to the community.

One result is a partnership to jury the work of GCAC fellowship recipients and the arts council's German residency winners. The first Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Exhibition, opening this weekend, features the recipients of the awards.

To select the works, Columbus Museum of Art associate curator and GCAC juror Lisa Dent visited each artist's studio.

"They all had different practices, all different media," she said. "It was about finding the best way to talk about their practices in a grouping that would show off best what they do."

From Michael B. Hays' work, Dent chose a group of functional items representing the consistency of his modern aesthetic across a variety of metals, from sterling to copper.

Mary Jo Bole's pieces show a remarkable dedication to subject, exploring the history of toilets in prisons through ceramic miniature commodes, toilet paper rolls in cast glass and tintypes, and a collage on a door salvaged from Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary.

Aesthetic control and exploratory practices come together in the work of Suite42, a.k.a. artists Danielle Julian Norton and Tarrah Krajnak. Through sculpture, photography, video and performance, and under the influence of David Lynch's short film "The Amputee," they cast a questioning gaze upon intimacy and other quirks of human relations.

The paintings of Lynda McClanahan share a strong identification with Ohio, in a style flowing from the artist's love of medieval and Indian art. Subjects such as teenage mothers reflect McClanahan's experience as a social worker.

With their meticulous layers of lines and shapes, several works in ink by Jill Gallenstein illustrate, in Dent's words, "a fantastic sense of the immense detail she's willing to include."

Steven Thurston, a Dresden residency award winner, shares his experience by reinterpreting traditional keepsakes made in a German porcelain factory. Light fixtures combine swan bodies and dog heads, while a bird sculpture bears the marks of the receiving end of a hole punch.

Photo credits:

"No Matter Where You Are," Suite42

"Red Bird," Lynda McClanahan

"Salt and Pepper Rollers," Michael B. Hays

"Toilet Paper, back in the Woods," Mary Jo Bole

See the winners:

Columbus Museum of Art

Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 28

Exhibit runs April 29-July 3

480 E. Broad St., Downtown