Exhibition preview: The Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Exhibition

Jim Fischer
Columbus Alive

Connecting a major museum to its city's art makers is not specifically the purpose of the 2017 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Exhibition, but it accomplishes the goal nonetheless.

Chosen through a juried process by art professionals from outside of Columbus, the 2016 Visual Arts Fellowship Awards were presented to Sue Cavanaugh, Paige Fruchtnicht, Dani Leventhal and Melissa Vogley Woods. The awards support an artist's general practice, not a specific work. Rather than display art used in the application process, each of the four is displaying new work in the exhibition, which will be on view at the Columbus Museum of Art from Thursday, July 13 through Nov. 26.

This is the first year this exhibition will be featured in the museum's new Margaret M. Walter wing, and the artists took advantage of the space, according to Vogley Woods.

“Everyone's work is claiming the space in different ways,” she said.

In addition to her multiples pieces, Vogley Woods is painting on the gallery walls around where her works will hang in a subtle, visual white noise manner.

Fruchtnicht's large-scale works were done in collaboration with Greg Ponchak under the collective moniker OGH. Leventhal is showing a collective video installation created with Sheilah Wilson. Cavanaugh's signature-style fiber installation hangs at the center of the gallery.

The exhibition is curated by Tyler McCann, associate curator for contemporary art at the CMA.

“I'm genuinely happy to do this show,” McCann said. “It's a good opportunity for me to understand the work being made in the city and to make connections with people.

“It also works out beautifully for us as an institution. It's important that we are attached to the artistic community in various ways. And for the art world and the community in Columbus, it's for the good that [the museum is] involved.”

"This important partnership with the ColumbusMuseum of Art gives our Columbus-based artists opportunities for their work to be seen by esteemed jurors andat an internationally recognized institution," said Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. "The artists in this year's exhibitiondemonstrate risk taking and an innovative approach."

Columbus Museum of Art

Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 13

480 E. Broad St., Downtown