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in Press Releases November 17, 2010 2 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council recently selected two artists to receive international artist residencies in Dresden, Germany on behalf of GCAC’s Dresden Residency Program. The 2011 Dresden Residency Program recipients are Danielle Julian Norton and Michael B. Hays.

“All of the applicants presented strong portfolios,” said Nicholas Hill, GCAC Board member and chair of GCAC’s International Committee. “Danielle and Michael wrote especially innovative project proposals that will take advantage of the rich historical and cultural resources of Dresden while advancing their distinctive studio work.”

Norton, who is primarily an installation artist, received her MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design, where she is now an undergraduate and graduate faculty member. She has received an Ohio Arts Council Individual CreativityFellowship and has had solo exhibitions at Cynthia Reeves New York.

Hays is a metalsmith who works primarily with silver and pewter. After graduating from Ohio State University with a BA in anthropology in 2000 he took up silversmithing at the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus. In 2005, he co-curated the exhibition Bringing Modernism Home: Ohio Decorative Art 1890-1960 for the Columbus Museum of Art and has continually exhibited his work statewide.

GCAC, in conjunction with the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Fine Arts, has been providing Columbus artists the opportunity to experience a residency in Dresden since 1994. Recipients ofGCAC’s Individual Artist Fellowships in Visual Arts and finalists from the current year’s applications for the Fellowships are eligible to apply for the Dresden Residency. There were eight applicants for the Residency in 2010.

The Dresden Residency Program provides an extended period of time for the artist to concentrate on research and production so that his/her artwork benefits significantly. Various work and research facilities are made available to the artist. GCAC supports the artist in Dresden by providing living quarters, a monthly stipend, travel accommodations, and helps to build a relationship between the artist and the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Fine Arts. While in Dresden, the artist is expected to act as an ambassador for the city of Columbus and Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Michael B. Hays
Stacking Coffee Set
4.5″ x 4.5″ x 9.25″ / 3″ x 4.25″ x 4.75″ / 3″ x 4.25″ x 4.25″










Danielle Julian Norton
Treading and Transport
rice, glue, monofilament
30’ x 20’













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.


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