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Cartas de Cuba – Letters From Ohio Now Open in The Loann Crane Gallery

in Press Releases July 1, 2022 3 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) has opened a new exhibition in its Loann Crane Gallery titled Cartas de Cuba – Letters From Ohio, part of a series of exhibitions featuring artwork created by artists in Cuba and Ohio that showcase freedom of expression, robust dialogue and vibrant talent intersecting through different art mediums.

The exhibition at the Loann Crane Gallery is a companion to shows at the Columbus Museum of Art and the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery. Cartas de Cuba – Letters From Ohio will be on view at the Loann Crane Gallery through Aug. 19, 2022.

Organized by Michael Reese and Artway Inc., the exhibitions are made possible through a multi-year cultural exchange between artists, uniting Cuba and Ohio and strengthening international relationships through the power of art and community. This collaboration was initially born out of a 2014 exhibition of Cuban art at the Pizzuti Collection, as more artists and arts collectors in the U.S. established liaisons with some of Cuba’s internationally known artists, museums and art schools. In addition to the Columbus stops, Cartas de Cuba – Letters From Ohio will travel to venues in Cuba and New York City.

Ohio artists featured in the Loann Crane Gallery include Laine Bachman, Laura Bidwa, Rick Buchanan, Todd Buschur, Lisa Cliff, Mehri Davis, Jacci Delaney, John Donnelly, Joe Hebdo, Zoe Heller, Adam Hernandez, Tony Hoover, Mike Major, Sharone Putter, Kelly Reichert, Brenden Spivey, Matt Swift, Barbara Vogel, Wil Wong Yee and Hana Yilma.

Cuban artists featured in the collaboration are from Camaguey, Cienfeugos and Havana, and include Renede la Torre Aguilar, Jorge Luis Pulido Alvares, Annia Alonso Arana, Irving Torres Barroso, Rolando Javier Garcia Beiran, Ismel Cabrales Bolanos, Jennifer Delgado Brito, Paula A Caceres, Jenny Hernandez Carbo, Jose Bosulto Cobolleno, Luis Alberto Perez Copper, Yerandee Gonzalez Duran, Raul Cue Echemendia, Edgar Gonzalez Era, Roberto G Mil Esteban, Angel Amaury Olazabel Farinas, Alberto Jorge Veloz Fonseca, Arleen Gonzalez Fragela, Inmaray Tillet Fonteca, Joan Karlos Echeueczia Franco, Rafael Zarza Gonzolez, Lisbet Garcia Hernandez,  Alfredo Elias Sanchez Iglesias, Miroslav de la Torre Kozorez, Rusian de la Torre Kozorez, Luis Alberto Alvarez Lopez, Aturo Louis, Alejandro Munilla Madruga, Nazario Salazar Martinez, Alain Martinez Menendez, Ricardo Silveira Miro, Eddislen Escobar Modal, Osmany Solan Mona, Jose A Montes, Mario Alexander Cruz Moscoso, Nestor Vega Negron, Joel Lonulez Pallerols, Joan Michel Vazquez Pena, Alexander Cardenas Perez, Elias Federico Acosta Perez, Tania Madruga Picho, Palio Antonio Pino, Karina Gonzalez Pujol, Emilio Wong Ramirez, Adrian Rumbaut, Vladimir Rodriguez Sanchez, Eduardo Castillo Saz, Camilo Diaz de Villalvilla Soto, Rafael A Caceres Valladeres, Yainiel Martinez Valladares, Celso Lazaro de Zayas Vazquez, Katisleivys Sodeno Venegas, Yanoy Bello Villalon and Santiago Hermes Martinez Zarguera.

Artway Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for the arts. It is supported by Beth Crane and Richard McKee, Don Klingbeil, Donna and Larry James, Hon. Yvette McGee Brown, Jerry Friedman, Jose Rodriguez, Michael Reese, Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Museum Art and the Vern Riffe Center.

Loann Crane Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday-Friday by appointment only. The gallery is also a meeting space and subject to availability for drop-in visits; visitors who are planning a visit are encouraged to contact the Arts Council at to ensure availability.

The featured artwork will also be available virtually through the gallery website at

Named for the long-time benefactor of the arts and social justice in Columbus, the Loann Crane Gallery is located in the Arts Council’s offices at 182 E. Long St. downtown. Exhibitions in the gallery are focused on showcasing work by artists from historically marginalized communities.

Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council.

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