Fresh Perspectives: Young Artists with Ohio Connections

September 12–October 25, 2015


(Columbus, Ohio)—The recent ceramic figures of Ohio University MFA graduate April Felipe “consider the tale of the Ugly Duckling, a narrative that perpetuates visually belonging, and the reward of finding one’s ‘true’ place. Through the layering of materials and patterns,” she says, “my work explores this narrative and the constructed nature of the past to reveal our desire for belonging.” Felipe’s work, along with that of over 35 other artists, will be on view September 12–October 25 at the Ohio Craft Museum. “Fresh Perspectives: Young Artists with Ohio Connections” will showcase exemplary forms in clay, glass, metal 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 Felipe, other artists to present their work include Joshua Kosker, a recent MFA graduate of Bowling Green State University, who combines fruit peels with fine metal to fabricate unique jewelry pieces; and Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Jesse Luketic, who creates glass vessels in the form of seedpods.

New for this exhibition: the opening reception will be held Saturday, September 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. A cash bar featuring craft beer from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus will be available, and hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. At 7:30 p.m., exhibiting artists will share the inspiration behind their works.

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