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in Press Releases June 1, 2010 3 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s (GCAC) is currently accepting applications from visual artists for its 2010 Individual Artist Fellowships. Artists must be a Franklin County resident for a minimum of one year to apply for the Individual Artist Fellowships. Students are not eligible, however, artists may submit student work. The application deadline is Friday, July 30, 2010 at 5 p.m.

GCAC will award four $5,000 fellowships in 2010. The Visual Arts category includes 2- and 3-dimenstional visual arts, photography and crafts. These awards, based on the quality of work created within the last three years, assist artists in the creation of new work and the advancement of their careers. Through the recognition of individual creative work and artistic enterprise, the Columbus area remains a vital place where artists can live and work.

The 2010 panel is:

Daniel Byers, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art
Dan Byers is Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art, where he has worked since May 2009. His recent projects have included a re-installation of the contemporary permanent collection galleries and the exhibition Forum 65: Jones, Koester, Nashashibi/Skaer: Reanimation. Upcoming exhibitions include Ordinary Madness (October 2010), a wide-ranging exhibition drawn from the Carnegie’s collection of contemporary art as well as a series of film screenings from the collection of 16mm film; and the first U.S. museum solo exhibition of the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson (Spring 2011). Before joining the staff at the Carnegie, he was Curatorial Fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Prior to the Walker, Byers was Assistant to the Directors at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. He received an M.A. in curatorial studies from Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies, where his thesis exhibition featured the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rodney Graham, Barry Le Va, and Charles Ray. He has a B.S. in studio art from Skidmore College.

Lisa Dent, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Columbus Museum of Art

Lisa Dent is the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) in Ohio. Previously, she owned and managed Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco, CA, where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists. Dent received her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from New York University, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies. She is responsible for all facets of the contemporary program at CMA, including exhibitions, programs, publications and acquisitions.

Namita Wiggers, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft
Namita Gupta Wiggers is curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon, where she directs the exhibition, collection and public programming. Her recent exhibition projects include Call + ResponseThe Academy is Full of Craft; and the collaborative projectsGestures of Resistance and Manuf®actured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects. Wiggers authored the forthcoming Ken Shores: Clay Has the Last Word, co-authored Unpacking the Collection: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and edited How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement: An Autopsy in Two Parts by Garth Clark. She has published essays and articles in MetalsmithArtlies, and The Journal of Museum Education, and for publications by the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston and the Ceramic Research Center, Arizona State University. Her curatorial practice focuses on the exhibition as a site and space for inquiry; she considers how craft and design function as subjects by combining experience and training as an art historian, museum educator, ethnographer, teacher and studio artist.

Applicants who make it to the final round of consideration for the Individual Artists Fellowships will be eligible to apply for the Dresden/Saxony Residency, a two to three month residency in Dresden, Germany. Winners of the 2010 fellowships and Dresden Residency will be featured in an exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art in February 2011.

Access to the online application and 2010 guide is available by visiting the GCAC web site, or contacting Ruby Classen, Grants & Services Manager at (614) 224-2606 or

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.


CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492