The Ohio Arts Council will feature The Inaugural Juried Exhibition Nov. 5 through Jan. 9 in the Riffe Center Gallery. This is the first time ever that the OAC has juried its own show. Ohio artists not enrolled in a degree-granting program and age 18 or older were eligible.

The Ohio Arts Council will feature The Inaugural Juried Exhibition Nov. 5 through Jan. 9 in the Riffe Center Gallery. This is the first time ever that the OAC has juried its own show. Ohio artists not enrolled in a degree-granting program and age 18 or older were eligible.

"We had talked about doing a juried show for a number of years and decided it was time to shake things up in the Riffe Gallery," gallery director Mary Gray said. "It's a celebration of individual artists from across the state. The show will provide a taste of everything being done in Ohio, almost everything you could imagine."

The exhibition was juried Tyler Cann, Columbus Museum of Art, Petra Kralickova, formerly of Ohio University, and Marilyn Simmons, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland.

The work of 59 artists was selected from more than more than 1,000 pieces from nearly 400 artists.

"It was incredible, the number of submissions," Cann said. "It's a pretty well-rounded group of artists drawing from a wide range of practices."

Also opening Nov. 5, although not in conjunction with the OAC juried show, is exhibition Inside Looking Out: Creative Works by Ohio Prison Inmates in the Riffe Center lobby. This exhibition of intentionally anonymous works in both traditional media and recycled materials is presented by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee and the OAC.