June 2016 Newsletter
Above image by Paul D. Wilbur
The House on the Hill
Digital photograph, inkjet print

June 2016 News 

June 10 - July 23, 2016
Opening reception tomorrow night: June 10, 7:00-10:00pm
Artist talk July 8, 6pm 

Wilburscapes – The Lonely Landscapes of Paul D. Wilbur will feature black and white photographs by Paul D. Wilbur, curated by Mark Fohl. 

These photographs by artist Paul D. Wilbur portray a stunning solitude, both sharp and expansive. Do these images contemplate a dying Americana in the 21st century? There are no people here, but some evidence of humankind, the landscapes uninhabited, urban and outland.

The photos examine isolation, barriers, fences, a porch without stairs, while also witness to a luring connection. Sometimes that contact is indirect or confusing, other times it is more certain: utility poles or railroad tracks. At times the photos suggest the past, but carefully question nostalgia with traces of a harsh reality. Still, somehow these photos seem strangely comfortable. Is this how people used to be or have now chosen to be? Is this the absence of connection or a revision of what it means to be connected? Are these images of rise or ruin?

Ohio Art League X Space
400 W. Rich St. 
Columbus, OH 43215

Gallery hours are the second Friday of every month from 7:00-10:00pm (Franklinton Fridays), Saturdays 12:00 pm-6:00 pm and by appointment.

Above image by Crystal Tursich

Photo Talk
This Saturday, June 11 5:00-7:00pm

Ohio Art League X Space, 400 W. Rich St.
Join us at OAL X Space around the corner from the Arts Festival for a special evening of artist talks by local photographers, organized by Paul D. Wilbur and Mark Fohl.
Featuring presentations by: Lauren Pond, Crystal Tursich, Dick Wood, Paul Wilbur and Mark Fohl 

Gateway to the Arts
Kim Covell Maurer
June 18 – September 14, 2016

Thanks to our partners at the Columbus Regional Airport Authority for providing Ohio Art League artists the opportunity to exhibit their work to such a large international audience.  

Above image featuring work by Lisa Di Giacomo, Leah Wong, Fan Su, and Luke Ahern at OSU Urban Arts Space

Noves Històries, Ohio Art League 2016 Spring Juried Exhibition 
OSU Urban Arts Space (50 W. Town St. Columbus, OH 43215) 
Exhibition duration: May 24 - July 9, 2016
Closing reception, jurors talk, and award ceremony: July 9 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Gallery hours:
Tuesday: 11AM-6PM
Wednesday: 11AM-6PM
Thursday: open late, 11AM-8PM
Friday: 11AM-6PM
Saturday: 11AM-6PM

Noves Històries (Catalan for “New Histories”) recognizes the Ohio Art League's long and storied history and celebrates its recent resurgence. Featuring some of the most outstanding recent work from 40 Ohio artists, the exhibition is juried by Sophie Blais, Artist and Director of CAN SERRAT in Barcelona, Spain and Robert Banks, Experimental Filmmaker of Cleveland, Ohio.
Exhibiting Artists
Luke Ahern, Eva Ball, Andreas Baumgartner, Adam Brouillette, Richard Duarte Brown, Brittany Campbell, Lisa Di Giacomo, Mark Fohl, Bryan Ghiloni, Daric Gill, Scott Goss, Alex Hibbitt, Tamrin Ingram, Amery Kessler, Daniel King, Virginia Kistler, George Kocar, Irina Koukhanova, Annie Lee-Zimerle, Amy Leibrand, Katherine Menke, Sean Merchant, Ardine Nelson, eve Warnock/OBLSK, Elena Osterwalder, Judith Steele, Leah Storrs, Fan Su, Stephen Takacs, Robert Tavani, Christopher Taylor, Crystal Tursich, Nathaniel Underwood, Margarita Vilshanetskaya, Chris Waldron, Mary Jane Ward, Leah Wong, Jennifer Wood, Jeremy Wood and Brian Zimerle.

This exhibition is made possible by The Ohio State University Arts Initiative, Columbus College of Art & Design, The Columbus Foundation, Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council. Artists awards are made possible by CAN SERRAT Artist Residency, the Mary Lou Chess Memorial Fund and the Renée and Edward Steidle Fund.

OAL Artist Sean Merchant experiencing the immersive work of Scott Goss at Urban Arts Space.

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Ohio Art League members making newsworthy work

Noves Històries
will be featured in next week's episode of the Emmy award winning "Broad & High" - Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 pm on WOSU-PBS. (The episode will also repeat on Sunday, June 19 at 5:00 pm) The segment, as well as the full episode, will be available online at Broad & High immediately following the initial broadcast. And you'll also be able to find it on their very handy and free WOSU Public Media mobile app. 

Our last exhibition at OAL X Space featured the refreshingly witty and gritty work of Dan Gerdeman in his solo exhibition curated by Andrew Ina, The Revenge of El Destructo. Thanks to our friends at the Columbus Alive for diving in to Dan's work for this article: Gerdeman has his “Revenge”

Alice Carpenter is featured in the Butler Institute of American Art 80th Midyear National Juried Show 
Butler Institute of American Art

Exhibition will run June 26 - August 28, 2016
The Butler Institute of American Art
524 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44502

Around the corner from OAL X Space, David Butler, Richard Duarte Brown, Adam Brouillette and other Ohio Art League members are participating in Gallery of Echoes, a multidisciplinary event at the Vanderelli Room (218 McDowell St. Columbus, OH 43215). Check it out this weekend during Franklinton Fridays and the Arts Festival. The exhibition runs June 4th-June 26th. Funded by the GCAC and curated by Alicia Jean Vanderelli. 

Congratulations to Frank Oriti for being voted best Cleveland painter of 2016 by Cleveland Scene!

Thank you to our sponsors and partners for making Ohio Art League possible including: Ohio Art League Members, Peg Mativi, Mary Lou Chess Memorial Fund, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, Renée and Edward Steidle Fund, Jerry Dannemiller, Thomas C and Mary Ann Hays Foundation,  





Ohio Art League is a non-profit, member-based organization for artists. Founded in 1909, OAL is the longest continually operating non-profit art league in the state. The organization works strategically to help Ohio cultivate and retain top visual art talent while positioning the state as a hub for the arts.
Through OAL, member artists receive support across all stages of their careers. OAL helps make connections with patrons of the arts and the broader Ohio arts community, provides opportunities for exhibition and studio space and offers exhibition awards, workshops, professional development and members-only events. 

As an organization of artists for artists, OAL exists to serve the needs of its members. Member feedback has spurred major transformations within OAL, including the development of X Space, the variety of exhibition opportunities we offer and increasing the level of artist awards. OAL provides an inclusive forum to cultivate appreciation and presence for artists working across all mediums locally, statewide, nationally and internationally with a renewed dedication to exhibitions and programming.

To learn more about Ohio Art League, to volunteer, sponsor, support or become a member, please visit

Tom BaillieulDionne Custer EdwardsSteven ElbertAndrew InaMark Lomax IIMark MillerJay MoffettJackie ShaferAmy TillinghastSusan Weber
Ohio Art League X Space 400. W. Rich St. Columbus, OH 43215
Mailing Address P.O. Box 12324 Columbus, OH 43212 614.299.8225

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