In the Forefront: Emerging Ohio Artists

February 4–March 18, 2018


(Columbus, Ohio)—Columbus glass artist Michael Hric begins his designs with a drawing.

Often, the sketch is simply the foundation for the final piece. “From the start, I keep elements

of proportion, balance and shape in mind, but the line designs from the cane are unique in

each piece,” he says. Hric’s vessels will be featured in the Ohio Craft Museum’s exhibition, “In

the Forefront: Emerging Ohio Artists,” which showcases exemplary forms in clay, glass, metal,

fiber and mixed media by artists under the age of 35 who got their start on college campuses

throughout Ohio. Most continue to work in Ohio, in their own studio or at a university.

“Today’s young artists are creating outstanding work using a variety of materials and

techniques,” commented museum director Betty Talbott. “While carrying on Ohio’s tradition

of creating quality fine craft, they are also pushing the boundaries of conventional forms.”

Along with Hric, other artists to present their work include Alison Fawcett, an Ohio University

graduate who creates functional ceramics, and fiber artist Katlin Rothacher, who graduated

from Kent State University and designs vibrant wall hangings.

The exhibition opens on Sunday, February 4, with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. During the

reception, many of the artists will be on hand to discuss their work.

The Ohio Craft Museum receives ongoing funding from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater

Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation. The museum is located at 1665 West

Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212. Hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and

Saturday–Sunday, 1–4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Donations are appreciated. For

further information, telephone (614) 486-4402; or see our website at