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Upcoming Riffe Gallery Events: Curator's Tour, Writing Workshop

The current exhibition on view in the OAC's Riffe Gallery catches up with 15 of the Ohio Arts Council's earliest individual artist grant recipients. Displaying at least one piece created during the time of their first grant as well as work created in recent years, Flashback to Now allows for a rare glimpse into artistic processes and developments throughout three decades. 

Retired Wexner Center publications editor and longtime Ohio art historian Ann Bremner selected the exhibiting artists and the pieces on display. Bremner will delve deeper into Flashback to Now and its artists in an hour-long guided tour on Thursday, September 10, 6-7 p.m. 
Even if you've seen this one before, don't miss this free opportunity to learn more about some of Ohio's most celebrated contemporary artists. Extra credit to those who come prepared--learn more about the history of the OAC's Individual Artist Program and curator Ann Bremner:


OAC's Individual Artist Program:

The Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Artist program has granted awards to practicing professional artists in the state of Ohio since 1979. From emerging to mature, Ohio artists at any stage of their career are applicable for an Individual Excellence Awards (IEA). Panels of distinguished artists and arts professionals review applications to select work that possesses strong vision, demonstrates expertise and craftsmanship, and explores and expands the artist’s chosen medium. 

These artists represent the diverse group of talented individuals who work and live in Ohio, as well as the quality of work they provide to Ohio audiences. Recognized nationally and internationally, the OAC IEA program creates a supportive environment in which artists can contribute to Ohio’s cultural landscape, and enhance the state’s economic and educational vitality. Search for IEA recipients dating back to 1998.

The Curator

She earned BA (cum laude) and MA degrees in history of art from The Ohio State University. She joined the staff of the university’s Wexner Center for the Arts in 1989 and retired in 2013 as the center’s publications editor. In addition to her work for the Wexner Center, she has contributed essays to publications for the Columbus Museum of Art, the Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh), Ohio State University’s Urban Arts Space, and SPACES (a contemporary art space in Cleveland), as well as to a variety of local and regional magazines and newspapers. She has worked on editorial projects for the Birmingham (Alabama) Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), the King Arts Complex (Columbus), and the Seattle Art Museum, as well as the American Academy in Rome, the design arts program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. She has taught a writing seminar for MFA students in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University and varied art history courses at Capital University, Otterbein University, and Wright State University. 

Other professional activities have included organizing and coordinating exhibitions; presenting public lectures and programs on contemporary art, public art, and American architecture; and serving on artist/exhibition selection panels and juries. Bremner has received an Ohio Arts Council Aid to Individual Artists Fellowship in criticism and the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Arts Partner Award. 

Also coming soon to the Riffe Gallery...

Wandering and Writing: The Idea of Place in a Gallery Otterbein Professor Terry Hermsen will lead a free adult writing workshop on Thursday, September 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Explore fresh techniques for "entering a work of art" using poetry or prose from his book Poetry of Place (NCTE 2009). No writing experience necessary, come have some fun in the Riffe Gallery! 

Flashback to Now: OAC Support for Individual Artists is on display July 23-October 18, 2015 in OAC's Riffe Gallery and is free and open to the public. More information at

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, across from the Statehouse on High Street in Downtown Columbus. Like the Riffe Gallery on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.

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