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75 Ohio Artists Receive Individual Excellence Awards Across Seven Disciplines

Members of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) met today and approved $375,000 in grant funding to be awarded to 75 Ohio artists through the OAC’s Individual Excellence Awards program for state fiscal year 2023.

Individual Excellence Awards are recognition of artists’ bodies of work that exemplify specific disciplines and advance the larger creative community. These awards support artists' growth and development and recognize their work in Ohio and their cultural influence beyond the state.

During this funding cycle, applications in crafts, design, interdisciplinary arts, media arts, photography, visual arts 2D, and visual arts 3D were accepted. Each award is $5,000.

Individual Excellence Award funding recommendations are made through an anonymous, open panel review process focused on the basis of exceptional merit of artists’ past work. This year, more than 600 applications were received from artists across the state.

“The Ohio Arts Council is proud to support the wealth of talented artists who live and work in our great state. Every year, the Individual Excellence Awards highlight and recognize exceptional artistic achievement and creativity, demonstrating that you can build your career in the arts right here in Ohio,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins.

 A list of Individual Excellence Award winners follows:


  • Jack Gramann (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Peter Christian Johnson (Kent, Portage County)
  • Emily Joyce (Newbury, Geauga County)
  • Andrea McLeod (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Jessica Pinsky (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)
  • Erica Rodney (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Koen Vrij (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Brent Young (Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga County)
  • Stephen Yusko (Lakewood, Cuyahoga County)


  • John Lauer (Athens, Athens County)
  • Jesse Mooney-Bullock (Cincinnati, Hamilton County)
  • John Weber (Hilliard, Franklin County)

Interdisciplinary Arts

  • Max Adrian (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Michael Coppage (Cincinnati, Hamilton County)
  • Cameron Granger (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Kara Gut (North Olmsted, Cuyahoga County)
  • Amanda Love (Granville, Licking County)
  • Nathaniel Ricciuto (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Alice Pixley Young (Cincinnati, Hamilton County)

Media Arts

  • Jeanette Buck (Athens, Athens County)
  • Pete Luckner Burkeet (Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga County)
  • Noah Dixon (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • CG (Christine Guillot) Ryan (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Joe Walsh (Cincinnati, Hamilton County)
  • Dana White (Willoughby Hills, Lake County)


  • Donald Black, Jr. (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)
  • Nick Fancher (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Lisa Di Giacomo (Dublin, Franklin County)
  • Madeleine Hordinski (Cincinnati, Hamilton County)
  • Julie Renée Jones (Dayton, Montgomery County)
  • Lori Kella (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)
  • Sharon Koelblinger (Kent, Portage County)
  • Jesse Ly (Dayton, Montgomery County)
  • Greg Martin (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)
  • Mike Olenick (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Sheilah ReStack (Columbus, Franklin County)

Visual Arts 2D

  • Kevin Auzenne (Cincinnati, Hamilton County)
  • Dillon Beck (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Diane Belfiglio (North Canton, Stark County)
  • Adam Brouillette (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Christopher Burk (Galloway, Franklin County)
  • Melissa English Campbell (Kent, Portage County)
  • Dragana Crnjak (Boardman, Mahoning County)
  • Arron Foster (Kent, Portage County)
  • Glen Holland (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Zach Van Horn (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Marty J. Kalb (Delaware, Delaware County)
  • Mark Keffer (Bedford, Cuyahoga County)
  • George Kozmon (Brecksville, Cuyahoga County)
  • Christine Krupinski (Maineville, Warren County)
  • Craig Lloyd (Cincinnati, Hamilton County)
  • Max Markwald (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)
  • Linda McConaughy (Rocky River, Cuyahoga County)
  • Barbara WF Miner (Bowling Green, Wood County)
  • Jason Morgan (Wilmington, Clinton County)
  • Shawn Powell (Kent, Portage County)
  • Bellamy Printz (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)
  • Marc Ross (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Benedict Scheuer (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Scott Short (Marion, Marion County)
  • Judy Takacs (Solon, Cuyahoga County)
  • Bamazi Talle (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Aaron Thompson (Cincinnati, Hamilton County)
  • JT Thompson (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Guy Vincent (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)
  • Casey Vogt (Akron, Summit County)
  • Bradley Weyandt (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Carmen Winant (Columbus, Franklin County)

Visual Arts 3D

  • Davin Ebanks (Kent, Portage County)
  • Carrie Longley (Brookville, Montgomery County)
  • Lisa Merida-Paytes (Cincinnati, Hamilton County)
  • Paul O'Keeffe (Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga County)
  • Tim Rietenbach (Columbus, Franklin County)
  • Sara Torgison (Cincinnati, Hamilton County)
  • Matt Wedel (Albany, Athens County)

For more information about the OAC’s grant programs, visit

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Article by Andrew Paa, Communications Strategist

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