Fall Arts Guide 2016: Must-see Visual Arts

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
"Hello!!! América" by Osmeivy Ortega Pacheco at Pizzuti Collection

1. Across the Pond?, Urban Arts Space, Sept. 6–Oct. 1?

Ohio State's Downtown gallery will host drawing, collage, painting and contemporary printmaking works, including those of Jean Kirsten from Dresden, Germany. The exhibition is part of his concept for a collaborative, trans-Atlantic partnership between 10 artists from Dresden and Ohio.

2. Directions: A Member Exhibition?, Glass Axis, Sept. 9–Oct. 22

Franklinton's combination gallery and glassblowing hot shop holds an exhibition devoted to its members. Artists with a wide variety of experiences from around the region will display their glass creations.

3. The Columbus Invitational ?Arts Competition, ?Franklinton, Sept. 17–18?

This year's competition, which rewards organizations committed to artistic excellence and community involvement, will pit groups from around Ohio against one another at the Performing Arts Showcase at Independents' Day, while The Vanderelli Room gallery will host the Visual Arts Showcase and awards ceremony.

4. Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957?, Wexner Center, Sept. 17–Jan. 1, 2017

?In its brief 25-year history, Black Mountain College in North Carolina had a profound effect on the art world, guiding the formation of artists like Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and Ruth Asawa. This exhibition of more than 200 works from 90 artists will make its only Midwestern stop in Columbus.

5. Cuban Forever Revisited?, Pizzuti Collection, Sept. 29–Dec. 31?

This show is a sequel to the Pizzuti Collection's Cuban Forever exhibition, which welcomed visitors when the gallery doors first opened. As the two nations continue normalization, the museum shows off its large reserve of works from Cuban artists, including Humberto Diaz Perez and Roberto Diago, among many others. ?

6. Textures of Life by ?Ruth Ann Mitchell, ?Studios on High Gallery, October

?Columbus artist Ruth Ann Mitchell's colorful, textured mixed-media works are inspired by memories of the many landscapes through which she has traveled-interpreted and abstracted through her eye for geometric shapes and patterns.

7. Charles Wince: My Blessing, ?My Curse, ?Fresh A.I.R. Gallery, Oct. 5–Nov. 18?

Wince's works are like tattoos-colorful, vibrant, evocative, playful. At Fresh A.I.R., he will expand that talent for large-scale paintings. His work is also on display at The Year of Wince! exhibition at PM Gallery, and his "Are We Knot the Same" mural adorns the wall at 1130 N. High St.

8. Are You Afraid of the Art?, ?Open Door Art Studio, ?Oct. 15–Nov. 4

?In the spirit of Halloween, this exhibition will show seasonal artwork and feature popular cinematic monsters such as Godzilla, Dracula and Frankenstein's monster. Open Door Art Studio enables artists with disabilities to create art and develop their own voices in a creative and unlimited environment.

9. Ohio Designer Craftsmen ?33rd Annual Juried Exhibition?, Ohio Wesleyan, Oct. 25–Dec. 15?

This traveling exhibition will show works of varying materials, including hand-blown glass, reed and wood. Check out Kent State professor Rachel Suzanne Smith's aluminum piece, "Graduated Growth"-an elaborate green "necklace" that resembles metal foliage. ?

10. Masayuki Miyajima: ?Black, White, Grey?, Dublin Arts Council gallery, ?Nov. 17–Dec. 23

?Miyajima will travel to Dublin from his hometown of Motegi, Japan, just outside of Mashiko, which signed a Friendship Cities declaration and initiated a cultural exchange with Dublin last December. Miyajima's stoneware and porcelain ceramics are the best-selling artworks in Dublin Arts Council history.