Downtown art gallery to close as owner pursues other opportunities

After almost seven years running her Downtown art gallery, Angela Meleca is stepping away to take a position with Besa, a local nonprofit that supports community service projects and initiatives.

Angela Meleca Gallery became known for pushing the boundaries of what a commercial art gallery could be and do, becoming a regular home to work by Columbus artists Tim Rietenbach and Danielle Julian Norton and New York artist Robert Buck, among others. (Julian Norton’s winter exhibition, “Double Yellow Line” will have been the gallery’s final exhibition.)

“I did a lot of what I hoped to accomplish with the gallery. It’s bittersweet, but I’m so thankful for the people who took a chance on me,” Meleca said. “This decision comes with a lot of reflection. But if we’re going to evolve, changes have to be made. Right now, that change is to close the gallery.”

Meleca will be Director of Advancement for Besa.

“I will still get to connect people to their community. It doesn’t even have to not include the arts,” Meleca said.