The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery presents Connections II: Ohio Artists Abroad, January 24 – April 6, 2008. Gallery hours are Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturdays noon – 8 p.m., and Sundays noon – 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and state holidays, the gallery is in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio. Admission is free.
Connections II features artwork by 14 artists who participated in the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Creativity international residencies program. It brings together a range of work, including printmaking, installation and video. Curated by Wendy Collin Sorin, it includes work by Diana Duncan Holmes & Timothy Riordan of Cincinnati. Riordan has taught at Xavier University for 35 years as an associate professor of educational leadership and human resource development. He and wife Diana Duncan Holmes have collaborated for 25 years. Riordan and Holmes were awarded a residency in Prague to spend July and August of 2003 with Prague’s Contemporary Arts Center. Riordan, also a published poet, created a poetry journal of their experiences. Some of those poems are shown with their pieces. They created a collage of daily newspapers from the two months they were in Prague. “Wendy tried to select print and printmaking, which is why our collage journal fit in so well,” Riordan said.
Over the years the OAC has developed global partnerships and residencies, with several countries. Artists in Connections II took part in opportunities in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. They immerse themselves in their host communities and act as cultural ambassadors for Ohio.
The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio’s artists and curators, exhibitions produced by the International Program and collections of the region’s museums and galleries. The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.