To commemorate the Ohio Bicentennial, the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery will exhibit masterpieces by prominent Ohio artists March 3 through May 4, 2003. An opening reception will be held on Monday, March 3, from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The State of the Arts: A Celebration of Ohio’s Rich Artistic Heritage celebrates Ohio’s prominent role as a catalyst for the visual arts within America and abroad. The exhibition primarily showcases Ohio’s rich contribution to painting, but also includes a select number of sculptures, photographs, folk art and decorative objects. It highlights Ohio’s great artists from early itinerant portrait painters to well-known artists of the twentieth century including Robert Henri, George Bellows and Charles Burchfield.
Featured artists include David Gilmore Blythe, Robert Duncanson, Edward Edmonson, Charles Fontayne, William Southgate Porter, Gustavus Frankenstein, Jarvis Hanks, John Quincy Adams Ward, Archibald Willard, Zoar Woolen Mill, Karl Anderson, George Bellows, Robert Blum, Frank Boggs, Theodore Butler, Henry Church Jr., Charles Courtney Curran, Joseph Decamp, De Scott Evans, Henry Farny, Frederick Gottwald, Robert Henri, Claude Raguet Hirst, Ray Kinsman-Waters, Helen McCarthy, Charles Meurer, Elizabeth Nourse, Edward Potthast, Alice Schille, Joseph Sharp, Abel Warshawsky, Theodore Wendel, Herman Henry Wessel, Mary Wetmore, Bernice Abbott, George Adomeit, August Biehle Jr., Edmund Brucker, Charles Burchfield, Emerson Burkhart, Clarence Carter, Harold Edgerton, Erwin Frey, Raphael Gleitsmann, James Hopkins, Henry Keller, Lucius Kutchin, Elijah Pierce, Jane Reece, Hugo Robus, Clyde Singer, Yeteve Smith, William Sommer, and William Zorach.