Columbus galleries host Downtown Art Sunday on Nov. 4

Oct 24, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Downtown Art Sunday on Nov. 4, 2018 brings together downtown art spaces from noon to 6 p.m. for a day of art with special programming, timed to daylight-saving Sunday. Participants include Angela Meleca Gallery, Appendix, Beeler Gallery, Columbus Museum of Art, Cultural Arts Center, Hawk Galleries, Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, and Urban Art Space. More information is available at

About the participating galleries


Angela Meleca Gallery
144 E. State St.

On view
Formations, a solo exhibition by New York-based trans-disciplinary artist Robert Buck, introduces two new bodies of work by Buck: derangements and painthings. This is Buck‘s second exhibition with the gallery.


144 E. State St.

On view
Speculations and Occupations is an exhibition of radical games. Consisting of board games, playing cards, books, artist projects, and ephemera from the 1960’s to the present, the material on view explores games as tools for envisioning alternate futures and modes, as well as critiquing past conflicts.


Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Ave.

On view
Beeler Gallery dedicates Season One, arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified, to the individual art practices of the four original core members of fierce pussy, the New York-based queer art collective. This season tracks each artist’s work from the 1990s to the present and draws upon their collective power, shared tactics, and diversity. The season is installed in four movements, or “chapters.” Each chapter includes works in different configurations to amplify the four art practices as living, breathing entities. It is the first time their works are put into direct inquiry. A living archive of fierce pussy is on view.

Launch of second shelf
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 | noon–6 p.m.
Beeler Gallery (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Beeler Gallery presents the launch of second shelf, a collaborative book acquisition initiative that will be housed at the library of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp with a mirror site at Beeler Gallery and CCAD’s Packard Library. The project will acquire a new collection of books by female, non-white, and non-heterosexual artists. It is part of a project organized by Brussels-based German artist Heide Hinrichs. Beeler Gallery Director of Exhibitions Jo-ey Tang serves as an advisor to the book selections for the library, and the selection at CCAD is inspired by fierce pussy and the Harlem Renaissance.

Harlem Renaissance Poetry Reading
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 | 2 p.m.
CCAD Canzani Center Screening Room (60 Cleveland Ave.)

Local poets and writers Vernell Bristow, Marcus Jackson, Negesti Kaudo read from the work of key Harlem Renaissance figures, as well as from their own work. The event is part of citywide celebration, I, Too Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100. Co-hosted with CCAD’s Writing, Literature, and Philosophy department.


Columbus Museum of Art
480 E. Broad St.

On view
I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement that resonated well beyond the geographic boundaries of the New York neighborhood in which it was born. This original exhibition and its accompanying book are the culmination of decades of research by guest curator and Columbus native Wil Haygood. In addition to notable paintings by Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, and many more, the exhibition presents rarely seen photographs by James Van Der Zee, as well as, hundreds of vernacular photographs from an outstanding private collection.

In conjunction with I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100, the exhibition Isaac Julien: Looking for Langston presents the landmark 1989 film alongside a selection of related photographic works. Made at the height of the AIDS epidemic in London and New York, Looking for Langston is composed of archival moving images and original footage that reimagines on the life of poet Langston Hughes and a community of gay artists during the Harlem Renaissance. The film collapses both time and geography, mixing the words of Hughes, James Baldwin, and Essex Hemphill and the sounds of blues, jazz, and 1980s house music.


Cultural Arts Center
139 W. Main St.

On view
Hypotheses: Art Inspired by the Many Worlds of Science asks artists to explore how concepts and discoveries from all branches of the sciences inspire artists working in a range of media and art forms. Art and science as creative endeavors have a long association, and indeed are often considered two sides of the same coin. The imaginings of science fiction writers has led to new innovations.  Artists are employed by scientific institutions to imagine things too small or distant for direct observation—extra-solar planets; the workings of atoms.


Hawk Galleries
153 E. Main St.

On view
16 New Faces & Old Friends, an exhibition featuring: Rik Allen (blown glass, steel spaceships), Leon Applebaum (blown glass sculptures and bowls), Courtney Branam (blown glass, steel planets), Stonis Collective (artistic wood and steel tables), Jonathon Capps (blown glass), Robert Dane (hot sculpted and blown glass), Shane Fero (lampworked birds), Jack Gramann (hot sculpted glass face sculptures), Shahid Khan (blown glass), J. David Norton (fused glass landscapes), Nate Ricciuto (mixed media sculptures), Sally Rogers (glass, steel and stone sculptures), Michael Schunke (blown glass), Josh Simpson (megaplanets), Larry Tuber (blown and sculpted glass), and Witold Sliwinski (glass and metal sculptures).

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 | noon–6 p.m.
Many of the artists with work featured in the exhibition will be present.


Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery
77 S. High St.

On view
Art Educators as Artists: The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery in collaboration with the Ohio Art Education Foundation presents a juried exhibition showcasing art educators as artists. Members of the Ohio Art Education Association divisions of Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Higher Education, Museum, Supervision Policy and Administration, and Emeritus were invited to participate. Jurors for Art Educators as Artists include Carol Stewart, Elsie Sanchez, and Michael Seiler, who have selected 68 artworks from 46 Ohio educators.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 | 1–3 p.m.
Riffe Gallery will offer a hands-on art activity with artist Kurt Reichert.


Urban Arts Space
50 W. Town St., suite 130
(in the Lazarus Building)

On view
Design Is..., a new interactive exhibition that shares the fascinating story of The Ohio State University Department of Design on the occasion of its 50th anniversary; showcases the accomplishments of a select group of distinguished alumni; and demonstrates designs’ role in the creation of successful spaces, products, services, systems, and experiences.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 | noon–6 p.m.
Urban Arts Space presents activities and projects inspired by the exhibition Design is .... Admission is free and all supplies are included.



Individual venue programming for Downtown Art Sunday is made possible with the generous support of:

Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design: Greater Columbus Arts Council; Ohio Arts Council; CD 102.5, Brioso Coffee; Stonewall Columbus; Denison University’s Studio Art, Queer Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies programs, and English and Narrative Journalism departments.

Columbus Museum of Art: CMA receives ongoing support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark; Paul-Henri Bourguignon and Erika Bourguignon Fund for Visual Arts; Vada Beetler Memorial; and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation.

Cultural Arts Center: City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department and The Friends of the Cultural Arts Center.

Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery: Ohio Arts Council.

OSU Urban Arts Space: The Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund, The Estate of Ellis Morris Kurtz, Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC), Jay and Jean Schottenstein, Steuben Glass, Corning Incorporated, The Ohio Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation.

Media sponsorship by Columbus Underground.

About Beeler Gallery


Beeler Gallery is the main public exhibition space at Columbus College of Art & Design. The gallery is an active site for contemporary art practices and features experimental programming that includes exhibitions, commissions, talks, screenings, and workshops. The gallery is home to a 6,000-square-foot exhibition space and a 99-seat screening room, and hosts CCAD’s annual MFA and BFA thesis exhibitions.

Beeler Gallery is located at 60 Cleveland Ave. in Columbus, Ohio. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday from 12 to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information, visit

Media contact

Jennifer Wray
Columbus College of Art & Design
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