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Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project Jurors Choice Awards Announced

in Press Releases September 26, 2012 3 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project (CAP-UP), a series of installation window displays by area artists, has announced the winners of the Juror’s Choice Awards. The project is a partnership between the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID).

Three awards were presented for a total of $3,000.

First place, $1,500, went to Brian Reaume for Then Now Beyond, a beautifully symbolic installation playing homage to the matriarchs and patriarchs and look toward the future of Columbus. His installation is at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP, 43 E. Gay St.

The second place prize of $1,000 went to the collaborative team of Corey Aumiller and Dan Gerdeman, forTime Tunnel, an installation and video featuring COSI’s presidential figures in scenes from around Columbus. Aumiller and Gerdeman’s installation is located at 65 East State Street inside Capitol Square Shoppes at the Capitol Square Office Building.

The third place prize of $500 was a tie between Nikos Fyodor Rutkowski and April Sunami, who each got $250. Sunami’s installation, My Home, an installation depicting Columbus’ diverse neighborhoods and landmarks is inside the Ohio Theatre Ticket Booth at 55 E. State Street. Rutkowski’s installation, Wolf’s Ridge, at 20 E. Broad Street, is a magical diorama similar to those seen in the Natural History Museum with a feature that recalls the Talking Tree in the former Lazarus Christmas window displays.

Criteria for judging was on quality of work, technical skill of installation, appropriateness to space and inclusion of the 200Columbus past, present or future theme. The jurors for the awards and the project included: Michael Bongiorno, DesignGroup principal and senior designer; Mary Gray, Riffe Gallery director; Nannette Maciejunes, Columbus Museum of Art, executive director; Priscilla R. Tyson, Columbus City Council; and representatives from GCAC and SID. For full bios of the jurors, click here. Project managers are Amandda Graham and Stephanie Rond.

Other Participating sites and artists and project descriptions include:

55 East State Street CAPA Theater Shop window:
A collaboration between artists Paula Nees, Barb Vogel and Eileen WoodsChintz, an elegant installation inspired by the Chintz Room once located in the Lazarus Department Store

65 East State Street, Gallery 65, Capitol Square Office Building:
Beth HimsworthConfluence, a large and elegant stain-glass installation depicting the confluence of rivers in Columbus.

65 East State Street, Heartland Bank:
Adam BrouilletteCapital Magnetism, A motivational piece about Columbus using his iconic little red men

24 East Gay Street, Land and Mortgage Title Agency:
Terri Maloney HoustonMourning the Ash Tree, a beautiful ceramic installation memorializing the ash tree

20 East Broad Street:
Andrea MyersMoment of Momentum, a large sculpture symbolizing the forward momentum and energy Columbus possesses as a community

Corner of Gay and High Streets, Sprint and Sugardaddy’s
Kimberly M. WebbRoots, a beautiful triptych installation honoring the Native American’s who lived central Ohio in 1812

Submitting artists were challenged to celebrate the city’s Bicentennial as well as the area’s diverse character for the benefit of its residents, visitors and businesses. Selected artists took inspiration from 200Columbus, the city’s Bicentennial, either through a look toward the future of innovation and design, or a glimpse into the history of what has made Columbus great.

In addition to the awards, each artist, or collaboration of artists, received $1,000 and a $250 materials fee. The windows were installed the week of September 17 and will be up through the end of the year.

For more information, artist bios, statements and a walking map go to:

About the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District: SID covers a 38-square block area in the core of downtown Columbus. Funded by assessments from more than 500 properties and voluntary contributions, Capital Crossroads SID supports the development of a safe, clean, attractive, unique and easily accessible downtown, which serves as the foundation of business, residential, cultural and entertainment centers of the region promoting Columbus as one of the premier downtowns in the nation.

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 Ohio Arts Council for their ongoing support.

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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
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