The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery is presenting 100 Years of Art: Celebrating Columbus’ Legacy to honor the Columbus Bicentennial. The exhibition honors Columbus-based artists, so it’s no surprise that three of the artists are linked to CCAD.
Curated by Melissa Wolfe, the curator of American art at the Columbus Museum of Art, the exhibition features more than 50 artists who, according to the gallery’s website, “were influenced by local and national artistic developments as they helped to set the creative backdrop that still exists in Columbus today.”
Alice Schille (CCAD 1893), Edmund Kuehn (CCAD 1938), and Robert Chadeayne all attended CCAD and left an artistic mark on the community.
Schille earned international recognition for her watercolor paintings and after working and painting abroad for many years, returned to CCAD to teach.
Kuehn worked primarily in abstract and semi-abstract styles, focusing on colors that created a sense of movement and symbolism. In addition, Kuehn dedicated his life to promoting the arts in Ohio. He was an instructor at CCAD for 15 years, as well as a curator and assistant director at the Columbus Museum of Art.
Chadeayne was a nationally acclaimed artist and illustrator who came to Columbus in 1927 to study at CCAD. He spent most of his subsequent career in Columbus.
“The city’s art world perhaps is best characterized by a remarkably easy and dynamic exchange among its diverse artistic communities, from folk art to fine art to commercial art, from local artistic personalities to national artistic movements,” says Wolfe on the gallery’s website. “This is a rare enough combination to suggest that Columbus, a ‘typical Midwestern city,’ has in its rather unassuming Midwestern way managed to offer that rare engaged and engaging environment within which artistic creativity takes hold.”
The exhibition is on view through April 15, 2012.
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