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The ArtsOhio Blog is the Ohio Arts Council's way to share stories that highlight the arts in Ohio, feedback from the field, interviews with artists and staff, and more. Sign up for the ArtsOhio newsletter to receive a curated selection of posts each month.

Announcing the 2020 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio winners

2020 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Winners Announced

Nine winners have been selected to receive Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio. Awardees will be honored during a virtual celebration premiering online on May 10, 2021, at noon.
Horseshoe Lake by Barry Underwood

Governor’s Awards Artist Addresses Environmental Themes in Nature-Inspired Photos

It’s tempting to say that the magic behind Barry Underwood’s colorfully illuminated images is more than just a trick of the light, but the Cleveland-based artist would be the first to tell you that light is exactly what makes his photography possible.
A photo of a customer talking to an artist from inside his car at a drive-thru art loop.

Resilient Ohio: Toledo Artists Keep Creativity Cruising Along with Drive-Thru Art Shows

When the realities of COVID-19 made the mere thought of a traditional, indoor art fair seem out of the question, Mary Jane Erard, an artist and art educator from Toledo, had an idea: a socially distanced, drive-thru show.
ArtsChat Ohio

ArtsChat Ohio: OAC Staff Talks Artmaking "After Hours" (Part 3)

ArtsChat Ohio is an audio blog bringing you the latest news and updates from Ohio Arts Council staff members. The third and final installment of a special series highlighting Ohio Arts Council employees’ artmaking and the Riffe Gallery's "After Hours" exhibition features musician and Organizational Programs Coordinator Jim Szekacs and visual artist and Riffe Gallery Marketing and Exhibitions Fellow Aimee Wissman.
ArtsChat Ohio

ArtsChat Ohio: OAC Staff Talks Artmaking "After Hours" (Part 2)

ArtsChat Ohio is an audio blog bringing you the latest news and updates from Ohio Arts Council staff members. Poet, playwright, and OAC Arts Learning Coordinator Chiquita Mullins Lee and musician and Technology Strategist Ted Hattemer join Riffe Gallery Director Cat Sheridan for part two of a special series highlighting Arts Council employees’ artmaking and the Riffe Gallery's "After Hours" exhibition.
Portsmouth City School District students stand in a flower bed in the Human Rights Garden, a plant and sculpture garden created by Portsmouth students and teaching artists as part of an Ohio Arts Council TeachArtsOhio grant

Imagine the Future

Springtime is a season of renewal, growth, and hope. As flower gardeners plant their seedlings and serious vegetable gardeners sift through seed catalogs, it's time for new beginnings. In this Executive Message, Donna S. Collins shares some of the work arts leaders are doing to grow Ohio culturally, educationally, and economically toward a secure and prosperous tomorrow.

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