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The official celebration for the Riffe Gallery's quarter century anniversary will coincide with the opening of Impressive Impressions, Thursday, May 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join us in a toast to the artists, curators and patrons who continue to make the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery a showcase for highlighting the best of Ohio's creative arts community.

A special thanks to Pattycake Bakery, CityScene Magazine, Trillium Pies, CD102.5, WOSU and two anonymous donors for contributing to the evening's festivities.

All Riffe Gallery events are free and open to the public




Image credit: Michael Rothenstein
28.75" x 23"

Impressive Impressions: Selections from Ohio University's Kennedy Museum of Art Print Collection
May 1 - July 13, 2014

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery will present Impressive Impressions: Selections from Ohio University's Kennedy Museum of Art Print Collection from May 1-July 13, 2014. Building upon an exhibition curated by Donald Roberts, an Ohio University emeritus professor of art, Impressive Impressions will invite the viewer to not only understand the foundation of the permanent collection but also to reflect on the history of the medium of printmaking. The Riffe Gallery will present more than 50 contemporary prints created between the early 1960s and 2000.

Artists in the show include (Ohio artists are noted in bold type): Josef Albers, Terry Allen, Shusaku Arakawa, Jennifer Bartlett, Georg Baselitz, Richard Bosman, Harvey Breverman, John Buck, Christo, Robert Cottingham, Sue Coe, Laddie John Dill, Leslie Dill, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, David Hockney, Yvonne Jacquette, Jasper Johns, Abner Jonas, Ellsworth Kelly, Karen Kunc, Sol Lewitt, David Ligare, Pam Longobardi, Mary Manusos, James Mcgarrel, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Mimmo Paladino, Philip Perlstein, Judy Pfaff, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Roberts, James Rosenquist, Michael Rothenstein, Edward Ruscha, Lorna Simpson, Steven Sorman, Andrew J. Stasik, Pat Steir, Frank Stella, Wayne Thiebaud, William Wiley and Melanie Yazzie.

Join the Riffe Gallery for the opening of Impressive Impressions on Thursday, May 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., where we will also celebrate the Riffe Gallery's 25th Anniversary.

On Friday, May 2, from noon to 1:00 p.m., join us for a free tour of the exhibition led by Ohio University's Kennedy Museum Curator, Petra Kralickova.

On Sunday, June 1, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., participate in a Free Family Workshop with members of Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative. Using the magic of printmaking, participants in the workshop will use their own drawings of people, houses and trees to print multiple images out of a single image. Supplies will be provided. Children ages 6 to 17 are welcome to participate with an adult companion. Registration is required as space is limited; all children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online between May 5 and May 28.

On Thursday, June 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., join guest poet Paula J. Lambert for an hour of poetry readings followed by Open Mic. Please register for the event online between May 5 and June 2, 2014.

Impressive Impressions is presented by the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery with media support from CD102.5, CityScene, Ohio Channel, WOSU, Ohio Magazine and WCBE 90.5 FM.



Image credit: Rosemarie Bloch
Dark Matter
Acrylic on canvas
24" diameter

Sky High
July 31 - October 19, 2014

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery will present Sky High from July 31 through October 19, 2014. Sky High is an all-encompassing visual expedition of 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."

About the Riffe Gallery

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio’s artists and the collections of the state’s museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for the Government and the Arts, across from the Statehouse on High Street in Downtown Columbus. Please note: we do not accept proposals from individual artists. If you are interested in learning more about our exhibition process, e-mail Mary Gray, gallery director.

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Gallery Hours
Tuesday 10 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday 10 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 10 – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday noon – 4 p.m.

Closed Mondays and state holidays.

Admission is free.

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