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Senior Projects Exhibition showcases Ohio State’s up-and-coming artists

The upcoming “Department of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition” at the OSU Urban Arts Space may not feature as many student artists as the one in the spring (14 in the former versus 40-plus in the latter). But the diversity of work and the ideas behind them showcase a talented crop of artists moving from the educational environment to a real-world setting. The goal of this exhibit, besides having the work in a public setting, is to give these students the full experience of showing in a professional gallery, something many of them will be doing in the near future.
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Art review: “Fugitive Songs”

Not to overinflate the modest little show currently playing at the Garden Theatre, but the assemblage of “Fugitive Songs” brings to mind “The Wizard of Oz” and perhaps a bit of Homer’s “Odyssey.” “Fugitive Songs” is a cycle of mini-dramas sharing a common theme rather than a plot-driven musical. But the theme is that timeless one of escape from, and return to, home.
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Art preview: OOVAR Juried Art Show at CML

As a collaboration between the Ohio Arts Council and the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Art Show is always a sure bet. The exhibit, now in its ninth year, utilizes the OOVAR’s 1,300-plus artists using the website. A three-person jury selects the best from the thousands and rewards a winner $1,000. A $500 prize is awarded to the People’s Choice winner as well. Awards will be presented at a closing reception from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10.
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Art preview: “Holiday Hoopla”

Shadowbox Live premiered its yearly holiday show — one of the theatre’s most popular revues — last week, and is an ideal way to get into the holiday season through slight irreverence. Every year the show pokes fun at the holiday season — mainly Christmas — with short sketches and a rock ’n’ roll soundtrack (by house band Bill Who?), a mixture of holiday standards and edgier songs. The highlight each year is the Santa Babies sketch that closes out the show.
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ICYMI: Experience Columbus’ newly designated coffee trail

Columbus’ specialty coffee purveyors want you to be disloyal. In an attempt to show off the city's burgeoning coffee scene, eight establishments have developed a passport program to get you to go outside of your normal java spot. Besides the pleasure of expanding your local coffee horizons, if you get your card stamped at four participating locations, you also receive a swanky, Ohio-chic T-shirt courtesy of Experience Columbus.
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Studio Proof: CCAD has another round of exciting exhibits

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that CCAD continually exhibits some of the most impressive contemporary art being produced, from both locals and artists around the country. What has surprised me — only slightly, because its par for the course — is how blown away I’ve been by the exhibits this summer and fall.
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Art preview: “Think Outside the Brick”

The Columbus Museum of Art’s annual Lego-themed exhibit opened its three-month run last Friday, and further showcases the fine art and ideas that can be conveyed through one of America’s all-time favorite toys. This year’s “Think Outside the Brick” encompasses a handful of mediums, besides the intricately constructed Lego masterpieces.
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Senior Projects Exhibition showcases Ohio State’s up-and-coming artists

The upcoming “Department of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition” at the OSU Urban Arts Space may not feature as many student artists as the one in the spring (14 in the former versus 40-plus in the latter). But the diversity of work and the ideas behind them showcase a talented crop of artists moving from the educational environment to a real-world setting. The goal of this exhibit, besides having the work in a public setting, is to give these students the full experience of showing in a professional gallery, something many of them will be doing in the near future.
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Art preview: Last Chance: “Looking From The Inside Out”

You should always check out the exhibits at this Short North gallery, and this one featuring three artists (J. Shea, Patrick Maxcy and first-time Rivet artist and CCAD alum Steven Russell Black) is no exception. The two-dimensional work of each artist is immediately compelling, despite their vastly different styles. Maxcy’s abstract skull creations pair nicely with J. Shea’s dreamlike watercolors. And Black’s wonderfully strange pieces may be the highlight.
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