Ohio resident Francis Schanberger has been selected to create the 2011 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio from his Forces of Nature collection.
Francis Schanberger received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California--San Diego. He then moved to Ohio to complete his Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging from The Ohio State University in 1993. He was a recipient of a 2003 Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship and was awarded an Individual Excellence Award in 2009.
Even though photography is now his focus, Schanberger has not forgotten his scientific roots. A wonderful combination of art and chemistry was used to produce the Forces of Nature collection. He also has shown his photography throughout the United States and currently has three collections housed at the Worchester Art Museum in Worchester, Mass.; the University of California in San Diego, Calif.; and the Museet for Fotokunst in Odense, Denmark.
The 2011 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, May 11 at 12 p.m. The event will be held at the Columbus Athenaeum at 32 N. Fourth St. in downtown Columbus. Senate President Tom Niehaus and Speaker of the House Bill Batchelder will present the Schanberger-crafted awards to the 2011 Governor's Awards recipients.
Reservations for the 2011 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon are accepted only online at www.oac.ohio.gov. Tickets are $50 and include lunch and a dessert reception. All proceeds go to the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Deadline for registration is Monday, April 11, 2011. Seating is limited.The award categories and recipients are: Arts Administration, Art Falco, Playhouse Square (Cleveland); Arts Education, Michael Kenwood Lippert (Dayton); Arts Patron, Mary Wolfe (Perrysburg); Business Support of the Arts, Freund, Freeze & Arnold (Dayton); Community Development & Participation, Lancaster Festival (Lancaster); Individual Artist, James Friedman, photographer (Columbus); Irma Lazarus Award, Dr. Wayne Lawson (Columbus).
The 2011 Governor's Awards ceremony and luncheon will be held in conjunction with Arts Day, Wednesday, May 11. This daylong event demonstrating public value and support for the arts is sponsored by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Arts Day will include an arts advocacy briefing, legislative visits and student exhibitions.
The 2011 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon are made possible by The National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Channel. Media sponsors include CD101, The Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News, Ohio Magazine, Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association, Cleveland Scene Magazine, The Blade, Time Warner Cable and WCBE.
More information about the Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon, including a full list of past winners, is available on the Ohio Arts Council website at www.oac.ohio.gov.
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