Ron Pizzuti's Arts Ambassador
Teresa Kelley is shaping the Columbus art collector's latest cultural endeavor, Joseph Editions.
Joseph Editions in the Short North is taking a new approach to art in Columbus. The gallery and fine art publisher, opened by Columbus developer and renowned art collector Ron Pizzuti in the fall of 2015, aims to introduce contemporary art to a wider audience by giving new collectors the opportunity to buy original, limited edition works by emerging and established artists at affordable prices.
To help pull off that ambitious and innovative idea, Pizzuti is counting on a transplant from New York's arts scene: Teresa Kelley, a former associate director for Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York City, who was hired in the spring to shape Pizzuti's arts endeavor. Pizzuti expects Kelley's infectious energy and broad experience to be strong assets to his program. "My hope is that she is able to transmit her knowledge of the art world and help young people in particular become collectors," he says.
An art dealer for 10 years who has traveled extensively to art fairs and galleries all over the world, Kelley is thrilled by the opportunity to work with Pizzuti, ranked by ARTNews as one of the world's top collectors. She also looks forward to bringing her perspective and experience to Columbus' thriving arts community. "I was excited about the lifestyle here," says Kelley of relocating to Columbus. "The arts are much more engaged and a part of the community at large," she continues, adding that local institutions like the Wexner Center for the Arts, the renovated Columbus Museum of Art and the Pizzuti Collection are all helping to shape a strong artistic identity in the city.
Kelley wants to establish Joseph Editions as a sophisticated, urban space with a welcoming atmosphere. Under her direction, the gallery-which drives the art program at The Joseph but is a separate entity from the Pizzuti-owned Short North hotel-will show a wide range of contemporary work by emerging and well-known artists, including those from Columbus, while also making art accessible to new collectors.
"I think that there are a lot of young professionals here in Columbus and a lot of people throughout the community that are interested in art, and I'm hoping that this concept of Editions is cool and exciting to them, and approachable as well," she says, sharing that she wants the program to be part of a larger conversation surrounding the trends and language of the art world as a whole.
As a publisher of original, limited edition works ranging in price from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand, Joseph Editions offers a great opportunity for beginning collectors to acquire works by big-deal artists without the big-deal prices, she adds.
This month, Joseph Editions will show new editions by Derrick Adams in addition to work by Columbus-based artist Mike Nemire. Kelley also will hold a series of conversations this fall that will attempt to demystify contemporary art collecting.
Kelley couldn't be happier to make Columbus her home and feels embraced by the arts community. "It feels like things are possible and happening, and I hope that I can contribute in a meaningful way."