MAY 5–JULY 28, 2019


(Columbus, OH)—Opening May 5 at the Ohio Craft Museum, the “Best of 2019” will showcase contemporary fine craft by 77 artists. Juror Stefanie Kirkland, director of exhibitions, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, St. Louis, Missouri, selected 88 works in clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber and mixed media from nearly 300 entries. Sixteen artists received awards of excellence in the 36th annual members competition, organized by Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

“Art is subjective,” says Kirkland. “There is no right and wrong when presenting creative ideas and personal expression.” When selecting pieces for the exhibition, Kirkland’s goal was to “provide a wide variety of ideas and techniques for one to examine and contemplate. In this exhibition, there are masterfully designed objects that introduce nontraditional materials and use traditional techniques in unexpected ways.”

Columbus artist Cody F. Miller received the Collectors’ Award for Excellence for his mixed-media painting, The Way Home VI. “I have chosen to work with cut paper and paint because of how they interact with each other,” Miller explains. “I have found that a particular texture or pattern from a magazine often works much better than my original intent; thus, to a very small degree, there is an element of chance involved in creating each picture.” See the Q&A with Cody at City Pulse Columbus

 The exhibition opens with a May 5 reception honoring award winners at the Ohio Craft Museum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (A list of awards and their winners is attached.) At that time, two Ohio Designer Craftsmen Outstanding Achievement Awards will be presented: to fiber artist and retired professor (Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati) Sharon Kesterson Bollen, for her dedication to educating young artists in the state; and to ceramist Mark Nafziger, studio potter at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio, for his educational outreach to thousands of people. After closing at the museum on July 28, the exhibition travels to the Springfield Museum of Art, where it opens September 20.

The Ohio Craft Museum is located at 1665 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212. Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 1–4 p.m.  Admission and parking are free. Telephone (614) 486-4402, or see our website www.ohiocraft.org, for further information. The museum is owned and operated by Ohio Designer Craftsmen and receives ongoing funding from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation.