This exhibition is the third in a series of four exhibitions at the Riffe Gallery celebrating the YEAR OF THE ARTIST. Curated by Dominique Vasseur of the Springfield Museum of Art, Shared Inspiration features 14 Ohio artists who have participated in the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts in Education Artist in Residence Program, which offers residencies in schools and arts institutions throughout the state. These artists serve as role models for students, providing them with guidance and inspiration so they can know the wonder of creating a work of art.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 24, from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The artists in Shared Inspiration use a variety of media and styles. Often the work is humorous; sometimes deep and serious; but always personal and committed to sharing a story of life, dreams and the world.
Artists in the exhibition include:
Deborah Brod, Cincinnati, is the recipient of numerous Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships. She has been involved with the Arts in Education Artist in Residence Program since 1995. Her work is autobiographical, and sometimes made of precious or fragile materials. She finds it liberating to work collaboratively with the students and then leave the work in the school.
Juliellen Byrne, Groveport, has received an Individual Artist grant and was involved in the OAC’s Artist in Residence Program from 1990-94. Her work won Best of Show at the 2000 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. Through the Arts in Education program she worked with a community to share ideas in a way that was helpful for both teachers and students.
Stephen Fessler, Athens, is an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship recipient and was involved with the Artist in Residence Program in 1999. He is a resident artist at Morgan Options, Inc. He believes in conceptual and technical approaches to making art, that students can learn new ways of seeing and that he can learn the same from his students.
Steven Finke, Cincinnati, has been featured in exhibitions across the Midwest and was involved in the Artist in Residence Program from 1984-1991. His experiences with the Arts in Education Program gave him an opportunity to use the creative process as a way of relating to individuals and societies.
Susan Gallagher, Cleveland Heights, has been working with clay for more than 25 years, and has been involved with the AIE Artist in Residence Program since 1998. She provides the tools of creativity for the children and enjoys the spontaneous excitement and pride generated by the students with whom she works.
Rob Gartzka and Kathie Johnson, Ludlow Falls, are the recipients of numerous OAC Individual Artist Fellowships. As a team they have worked in more than 100 schools in Ohio through the Artist in Residence Program. They believe the sharing of experiences, knowledge and techniques, and the joy of making art together are exciting aspects of their collaborative work with children.
Kate Sturman Gorman, Westerville, has been an artist in residence with the Ohio Arts Council since 1997. She is a quiltmaker whose work is pictorial, usually revolving around an image or story. Through her work with the Artist in Residence Program she enjoys seeing collaboration with collage succeed with students.
Deborah Griffing, Columbus, has been involved with the Artist in Residence Program since 1995. Her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Columbus, and she has been a visiting lecturer at The Ohio State University. She believes the best teaching is when everyone learns something, including the teacher.
Patty Mitchell, New Marshfield, has shown her work across the Midwest and the Czech Republic. She has been the recipient of an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship. She has been involved in the AIE Artist in Residence Program since 1994, and is the founder and full-time artist in residence for Passion Works Studio in Athens.
Deborah Pinter, Cleveland, was involved with the Arts in Education Program from 1992-99. She developed a 16-week photographic residency for the Cleveland School of the Arts. The residency provided her with the opportunity to cultivate the learning and artistic development of the students who have influenced her throughout the years.
Angelica Pozo, Cleveland, is an Individual Artist Fellowship recipient and has been involved in the AIE Artist in Residence Program since 1994. She also has participated in a residency exchange with Chile through the OAC’s International Program. Through the AIE program she has been able to expand her work with the community.
Diane Stemper, Oxford, has been featured in exhibitions and workshops across the country. She participated with the Artist in Residence Program in Lima and Cincinnati. Her residency work has enabled her to open doors and provide students access to a part of themselves sometimes left behind in a school setting.
Joan H. Tallan, Reynoldsburg, has been the recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Summer Media Institute grant. She has been involved in the AIE Artist in Residence Program since 1992. She feels the residency program offers students a break from the normal school day—an energizing and creative outlet.
The Riffe Gallery, operated by the Ohio Arts Council, showcases the work of Ohio's artists and curators, exhibitions produced by the Ohio Arts Council’s International Program and the collections of the region’s museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery’s Education Program seeks to increase public appreciation and understanding of those exhibitions. The gallery is in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, State and High Streets, Columbus, OH. Hours are Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Saturday 12-8 p.m. and Sunday 12-4 p.m. Admission is free. For information or to schedule a tour call the Riffe Gallery at 614/644-9624.
The Ohio Arts Council, a state agency established in 1965, builds the state through the arts -economically, educationally and culturally—preserving the past, enhancing the present and enriching the future for all Ohioans. The Council believes the people of Ohio should share the arts. The arts arise from public, individual and organizational efforts. The OAC supports and encourages those efforts.