Exhibition highlights work of local artists receiving grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council

The three large-scale works exhibited by Columbus-based artist Luke Stettner at the Columbus Museum of Art this summer are full of difficult, often-graphic images and text that deal with war and violence, as well as the trauma both can cause.

“I'm looking at just what impact there is and responsibility for us in viewing these images,” Stettner said. “There's a silence in looking [and] the response is internalized, not in conversation or action. I'm interested in the problem of that, in the challenge faced in a direct way with the images out of context.”

Stettner is one of four artists highlighted in “Greater Columbus: The 2018 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Exhibition,” which includes artists who received GCAC Individual Artist Fellowships in 2017. In Stettner's case, he said the grant funded the making of all three works.

That the exhibition is held at the museum adds to the opportunity for the artist, he said, due to the resources and profile of the institution.

Cody Heichel, Dareen Hussein and Carmen Winant are also featured, as are Melinda Rosenberg and Carl Snyder, who were selected to participate in GCAC's Artist Exchange Program in Dresden, Germany.

The exhibition will remain on view through August 26.