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100 Years of Art: Celebrating Columbus' Legacy 

January 26 to April 15, 2012

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery will present 100 Years of Art: Celebrating Columbus' Legacy from January 26 – April 15, 2012.

Curated by Melissa Wolfe from the Columbus Museum of Art, 100 Years of Art serves as a tribute to Columbus' Bicentennial celebration. Covering a wide variety of media and artistic styles, the work in 100 Years of Art reveals the changing face of the capital city's artistic community. The 50-plus artists represented in this exhibition were influenced by local and national artistic developments as they helped to set the creative backdrop that still exists in Columbus today.

"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 Curator Melissa Wolfe. "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."

Join the Riffe Gallery for the opening reception of 100 Years of Art on Thursday, January 26 from 5 – 7 p.m. Curator Wolfe will lead a tour of the exhibition on Friday, January 27 from noon – 1 p.m.

Join the Riffe Gallery on Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a free family workshop. Jim Arter, a Columbus artist and Greater Columbus Arts Council Community Arts Education staff member, will guide children ages 6 to 17 in creating paintings and drawings inspired by iconic images of people, places and events in Columbus. Registration is required as space is limited. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration begins January 28 and ends February 5 at .

On Saturday, March 10, 2012, Ohio poet Stephen Haven will lead a poetry reading and workshop in the OAC's Riffe Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public from 4 – 5 p.m. The workshop, which is limited to 15 participants and costs $30 per person, will take place from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Only workshop participants must register and pay in advance. Register here through March 6 for the workshop.

Artists in the show include (hometown or state noted): Carlton Atherton (Pennsylvania), Arthur Baggs (New York), John Jay Barber (Sandusky), Ralph Bell (Unknown), George Bellows (Columbus), Paul Bogatay (Ava), Grandpa Smoky Brown (Dayton), Emerson Burkhart (Kalida), Theodore Butler (Columbus), Milton Caniff (Hillsboro), Robert Chadeayne (New York), May Cook (Chillicothe), Gilda Edwards (Pennsylvania), Ralph Fanning (New York), Albert Fauley (Fultonham), Lucy Fauley (Fultonham), Erwin Frey (Lima), Marion T. Gatrell (Columbus), Robert M. Gatrell (Marietta), Edward Parker Hayden (Haydenville), Maurice Hague (Richmond), William Hawkins (Kentucky), Edna Boies Hopkins (Michigan), James Roy Hopkins (Irwin), Billy Ireland (Chillicothe), Roman Johnson (Columbus), Murray Jones (North Carolina), Robert King (Lima), Ray Kinsman-Waters (Columbus), Harriet Kirkpatrick (Reynoldsburg), Edmund Kuehn (Columbus), Lucius Kutchin (McArthur), Edgar Littlefield (Tennessee), Roy Lichtenstein (New York), William Parker Little (Pennsylvania), August Lundberg (Denmark), Silas Martin (Westerville), Walter O. Mayo (Richwood), Mary Merrill (Unknown), Elijah Pierce (Mississippi), Charles Rosen (New York), Mark Russell (Springfield), Alice Schille (Columbus), Hoyt Sherman (Alabama), Yeteve Smith (Columbus), Carl Springer (Fultonham), Joseph Taylor (Unknown), James Thurber (Columbus), Stanley Twardowicz (Michigan), Byron Wenger (Canton), David Walcutt (Unknown) and John Henry Witt (Unknown).

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and state holidays. Visit or phone 614/644-9624 for more information. The Riffe Gallery is supported by the Ohio Building Authority and the OAC’s Individual Artist Grants and Services Program. Media Sponsors include CD101, CityScene, Ohio Magazine, Time Warner Cable and WCBE.

Free group tours are available Wednesday through Friday throughout the run of each exhibition. To schedule a group tour contact Riffe Gallery director Mary Gray at or 614/728-2239.

There are 9 images contained within this archive that are intended for Riffe Gallery publicity/educational use only. These images are protected by a photographic copyright that belongs to the Ohio Arts Council. They, therefore, are not in the public domain. Please contact the Ohio Arts Council directly if you wish to inquire about obtaining reproduction permission. Dimensions are h x w.
Image of painting by Theodore Butler
Image of painting by Robert Chadeayne
Image of painting by William Hawkins

Theodore Butler
Cottage at Giverny, 1907
Oil on canvas, 23.5” x 28.5”
Private Collection

Robert Chadeayne
Down Town
Copal and toubon on canvas, 23.5” x 29.5”
The Butler Institute of American Art

William Hawkins
The Iguana, 1978-81
Enamel on Masonite with glitter, 33.5” x 51”
Columbus Museum of Art

Image of woodblock print by Edna Boies Hopkins
Image of collage by Murray Jones
Image of painting by Lucius Kutchin

Edna Boies Hopkins
Purple Astors, c. 1910
Color woodblock print, 10.75" x 7.5"
Columbus Museum of Art

Murray Jones
Untitled, 1964
Automotive lacquer and Japanese paper collage on Masonite, 48" x 46"
Columbus Museum of Art

Lucius Kutchin
Boy with Guitar Santa Fe (Cowboy), 1936
Oil on composition board, 38" x 29.25"
Columbus Museum of Art

Image of silver print by William Parker Little
Image of painting by Robert Robbins
Image of painting by Alice Schille

William Parker Little
Steam Locomotive in Winter (near Columbus)
c. 1920
Gelatin Silver Print, 2.875" x 2"
Columbus Museum of Art


Elijah Pierce
Crucifixion, mid-1930s
Carved and painted wood with glitter on wood panel, 47.75" x 30.75"
Columbus Museum of Art

Alice Schille
A Colorful Street, New York, c. 1915
Watercolor on paper, 24" x 20"
Private Collection




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