The latest exhibition at the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery, "Go Figure," features an exploration of the human form through the work of 13 Ohio artists. The exhibit features work in photography, painting and ceramics.

The human form is among the most classical of inspirations for artistic expression, and continues to provide a narrative vessel for contemporary artists.

The latest exhibition at the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery, "Go Figure," features an exploration of the human form through the work of 13 Ohio artists. The exhibit features work in photography, painting and ceramics.

"These artists have taken a very contemporary look at figure," gallery director Mary Gray said. "Some have a more classical approach, while others are exaggerated, comical, surreal or even hyper-real."

Gray said the OAC has been considering an exhibition of works examining the human form, and was looking for an Ohio artist with experience in figure work to curate. Ohio University dean emeritus Charles McWeeny proved a diligent choice.

"I've been in the state for a long time, but in the end I would say most of the artists in the exhibition are ones I don't know," he said. "It was interesting to get out and into the state and see what was happening. There are a lot of talented and smart artists doing work with the figure.

"I was not surprised that the figure is so important still, but I was happy to see it represented by so many concepts and techniques."

Exhibiting artists include Columbus residents Juliellen Byrne, Laura Sanders and Pheoris West.

"The hardest part was limiting the number of artists," McWeeny said. "I sort of decided it would be a more traditional show and drew a line there.

"I do think there is work that is very contemporary," he added. "I was looking for work that was physically beautiful."

Representing the human form "reflects in these works where we are as a culture," McWeeny said.

McWeeny will lead a Curator's Tour from noon-1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29.

In addition, the gallery will host Open Figure Drawing from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays Feb. 3-March 23. These are open to all skill and experience levels, and are free to the first 10 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.