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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition Focuses on Natural Perspective

This year's Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition is celebrating artists' work focusing on the themes of sustainability and conservation in "A Perspective From Nature." Special awards will be given to artists who feature natural materials in their artwork. 

To encourage and promote this year’s perspective, five awards have been designated to highlight this discipline. Additional support for the awards is provided by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), Bareclay Studios, and the Morgan Conservatory. 

More than $20,895 in awards will be given to artists in a variety of categories. Each year, the OAC sponsors awards in the professional and amateur divisions, in addition to the "New Artist Award" for artists who have never had work accepted to the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition in the past, a "People's Choice Award" determined by votes cast by exhibition visitors, and "Special Art Purchases" of artwork to be displayed in the OAC office.

Considered Ohio's most visible art exhibition, the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition is on view throughout the duration of the fair at the Cox Fine Arts Center. It is annually viewed by more than 40,000 visitors and regularly receives more than 2,000 entries. 

Several on-site fine art competitions are also offered during the fair. These include plein air painting and sidewalk chalk art.

The deadline to enter artwork for consideration is May 29. More information is available at

More about the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition

Gahanna Artist Wins People's Choice Award at 2018 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition
15 Artists Receive Ohio Arts Council Awards at 2018 Ohio State Fair 
Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition Announces People's Choice Award Winner
Ohio Artists Showcase Talents at Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition

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


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