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My Treasures Are Within: 12th Annual OOVAR Juried Exhibition postcard

37 Ohio Artists Featured in 12th Annual OOVAR Statewide Exhibition

The 12th annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR) Juried Exhibition is a treasure trove of talent.

Featuring work by 37 Ohio artists, My Treasures Are Within: 12th Annual OOVAR Juried Exhibition is on view at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library’s Carnegie Gallery (96 S. Grant Ave., Second Floor) through Jan. 12.

Presented by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), Columbus Metropolitan Library, and Friends of the Library, the exhibition showcases Ohio artists registered in OOVAR, a database of work of more than 1,900 artists from Ohio and all over the world.

The artists on display hail from 22 Ohio cities and work in a variety of mediums.

Artists in the show include:

Fatima Azimova, Dublin
Ginny Baughman, Westerville
Donald Black Jr., Shaker Heights
Edmund Boateng, Reynoldsburg
Jennifer Brown, Reynoldsburg
Stephen Calhoun, Cleveland Heights
Dan Cleary, Dayton
Clifford Darrett, Dayton
Pamela Daum, Kent
Randy DePuy, Columbus
Lisa Di Giacomo, Dublin
Leslie Durham, Cincinnati
Phyllis Fannin, Lakewood
Maureen France, Cincinnati
Pam Geisel, Yellow Springs
Becky Grasser, Kirtland
Kari Gunter-Seymour, Albany
Linda Hutchinson, Kent
Glenna Jennings, Dayton
Susie Jordan, Columbus
Charlotte Lees, Solon
Baila Litton, Cleveland
Bob Maurer, Canton
Kathleen McKenna, Shaker Heights
Jason Morgan, Wilmington
Ardine Nelson, Columbus
Elizabeth Nelson, Columbus
Frauke Palmer, Columbus
Katherine Palmer, Columbus
Hollis Richardson, Strongsville
Michael Rosen, Glenford
James Ruby, Newburgh Heights
John Sargent III, South Euclid
Vanda Sucheston Hughes, Columbus
Gwen Waight, Peninsula
Paul Wilbur, Columbus
Evie Zimmer, Cleveland

A filterable list of artists and their work in the exhibition can be downloaded here.

Exhibition juror Marlene VonHandorf Steele, a Cincinnati-based artist who serves as arts ambassador to Ohio for the Portrait Society of America, said she found the variety of artwork impressive and added that it was interesting to see how each of the artists explored the “My Treasures Are Within” theme.

 “The exhibition title … is uniquely personal and inwardly directed. The theme asserts self-searching and self-affirmation in the positive, accepting passions and dreams as well as perceived flaws and imperfections,” Steele said. “In reviewing the submissions of these Ohio-based artists, I was personally impressed by several works expressively concerned with 'home space' and deep community roots. The artists utilization of these elements authenticates their personal introspectiveness while projecting a sense of community identity and ‘personal place.’”

This year, the show’s three jurors are Steele, Tamara James of Friends of the Library, and Greg Easterling of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. In addition to selecting the pieces for the show, each of the jurors will award one $500 Juror’s Choice Award. These three $500 awards are sponsored by the OAC.

A People’s Choice Award of $500, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be selected based on ballots cast by patrons of the gallery and library through Jan. 9.

Awards will be presented publicly on Jan. 12 during a closing reception held at the Main Library from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at


Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist

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