The annual "Greater Columbus" exhibition features work by outstanding artists based in central Ohio. The exhibition represents a partnership between the Columbus Museum of Art and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
On behalf of the Arts Council, a jury of distinguished arts professionals working outside the region awarded Individual Artist Fellowships to Cody Heichel, Dareen Hussein, Luke Stettner, and Carmen Winant. Greater Columbus features their work alongside two artists, Melinda Rosenberg and Carol Snyder, who were selected for residencies in Dresden, Germany as part of the Arts Councils Artist Exchange Program. Working in various media, from ceramics and works on paper to sculptural installations, these artists represent a diverse range of practices fostered within the regions artistic community.
Jurors for the 2017 Individual Artist Fellowship Awards were Rehema C. Barber, Director and Chief Curator of the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University; Geof Oppenheimer, Associate Professor of Practice in the Arts at the University of Chicago, and Rob Teeters, Principal of Front Desk Apparatus in New York City. Greater Columbus continues to be presented in the expansive upstairs galleries of the Museums Margaret M. Walter Wing.
Through their partnership on this exhibition, the Museum and the Arts Council support the arts and advance cultural development in the Columbus area. The Arts Councils Individual Artist Fellowships program was established in 1986. Since the inception of the program, hundreds of artists have received awards in a variety of disciplines, including the visual arts, crafts, film and video, creative writing, music composition and choreography/movement arts.