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OAC's Riffe Gallery Presents Paper Routes: Women to Watch 2020 - Ohio

The Ohio Arts Council’s (OAC) Riffe Gallery, in collaboration with the Ohio Advisory Group of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, presents Paper Routes: Women to Watch 2020 - Ohio, July 30 – October 17, 2020. 

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, D.C., is the world’s only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the creative accomplishments of women. With its collections, exhibitions, programs, and online content, NMWA champions women through the arts and advocates for equity. As the exclusive affiliate of the Women’s Museum in Ohio, the Ohio Advisory Group (OAG) of NMWA extends the mission by showcasing women’s contributions to Ohio’s rich cultural landscape. The founding members of the OAG are distinguished women leaders in the region who share a passion for the arts and/or advocacy for women. The exhibition was curated by Matt Distel and Stephanie Rond. 

Featured artists include Kristine Elizabeth Donnelly, ¡Katie B Funk!, Sydney Joslin-Knapp, Sarah Kabot, Natalie Lanese, Charlotte McGraw, Emily Moores, Susan Li O’Connor, Alice Pixley Young, Sa’dia Rehman, Carmen Romine, Adrienne Slane, and Breanne Trammell. 

Paper Routes is on view at the OAC’s Riffe Gallery through Oct. 17, 2020. While the gallery is temporarily not accepting in-person visitors, a virtual exhibition can be viewed online at

WATCH: Curators' Tour with Matt Distel and Stephanie Rond
Matt Distel and Stephanie Rond, two curators of the Paper Routes exhibition at the OAC's Riffe Gallery led a virtual curators' tour through the show on July 31, 2020. You can watch a recording of the presentation below.

EVENTS | All events are free and hosted online unless otherwise noted. 

Friends and Family Workshop with Charlotte McGraw
Saturday, Sept. 12, 1 - 3 p.m.
Participants attending will make a quirky creature from Charlotte's make-believe town of "Charlottesville." These are collage portraits of treasured town folk that have all sorts of jobs and special talents. Recommended materials for this workshop are available at

Artist Demo with Susan Li O'Connor
Thursday, Aug. 27, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Long-time educator and artist Susan Li O’Connor will discuss the parallels between her work in the Paper Routes exhibition and her personal journey and experiences. Tuning in on Facebook Live, audience members will get a glimpse into Susan's studio life and artistic practice and come away with an understanding of how her work is made.

Creative Writing Workshop with Mimi Chenfeld
Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Join celebrated author, teacher, poet, and folk dancer Mimi Chenfeld for an evening of joy and creativity as she leads a virtual workshop that is sure to inspire. As a beloved literary artist, Mimi is also a great Ohio woman to watch.

Learn about the artists’ creative journeys, processes, and inspirations during their educational, livestreamed artist talks. 

Natalie Lanese | Thursday, Aug. 13, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Alice Pixley Young | Thursday, Sept. 3, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Carmen Romine | Thursday, Sept. 17, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Adrienne Slane | Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Closing Reception at the OAC Riffe Gallery
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2 – 4 p.m. 

Guests can celebrate the accomplished artists and incredible work from the exhibition while enjoying music from violinist Mariko Shimasaki and cellist Diana Flores.  


The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215.  

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Article by Aimee Wissman, 2020-21 OAC Riffe Gallery Marketing and Exhibitions Fellow

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