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Downtown Columbus Art Spaces

November 3, 2014

In late September, I met with my Columbus arts colleagues and toured a small number of terrific spaces in downtown Columbus, including the Riffe Gallery, operated by the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio State University’s Urban Art Space, and the City of Columbus’ Cultural Arts Center.

Terry Allen study drawing

Terry Allen study drawing

Riffe Gallery: Sky High

Curated by Kay Koeninger (her essay is here)

From the website: Sky High is an all-encompassing visual expedition to Earth’s vast upper atmosphere known as the sky. The artists in the exhibition use a range of techniques that explore the assorted elements of the sky. From the stunning displays of stars and planets to clouds and tornadoes, this exhibition will encourage you to “look up.” Artists in the show included: Rosemarie Bloch (Okeana), Rod Bouc (Columbus), Judith Maureen Brandon (Cleveland), Edward M. Charney (New Carlisle), Robert Coates (Fairborn), Netta Bits (Dayton), Susan Danko (Parma), Julie Friedman (Medina), Diana Duncan Holmes (Cincinnati), David LaPalombara (Athens), Jessica Larva (Columbus), Danielle Rante (Columbus), Kate Shannon (Mansfield), Wendy Collin Sorin (Durham, NC), Diane Stemper (Oxford), Joel Whitaker (Dayton) and Sean Wilkinson (Dayton).

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More about the exhibition can be found at

Urban Art Space: Possible Impossible: Terry Allen Study Drawings for Public Works

Commissioned to create public art works at Columbus’ Scioto Mile Park, Terry Allen’s exhibition at the Urban Art Space is a welcome complement to understanding his practice as a public artist creating sketches and ideas for commissions around the country.  From the UAS website: Terry Allen is a multidisciplinary artist with an expansive portfolio of public art sculptures. In conjunction with the Scioto Lounge public art dedication, Urban Arts Space joins the City of Columbus, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and Columbus Museum of Art in planning events around the dedication. Urban Arts Space hosts an exhibition of Allen’s drawings and sketches focused on his public commissions.

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More information about the exhibition is here; the artists website is

The City of Columbus’ Cultural Arts Center

Featuring exhibitions in both the Main Hall Gallery and Loft Gallery, the former armory is now a vibrant space for contemporary art.  We stopped by for an artist lecture at lunchtime, impressed by the large crowd that had gathered for the hour.  Learn more about CAC here:



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