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in Press Releases September 8, 2010 4 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and theColumbus Museum of Art (CMA) are pleased to announce the recipients 2010 Visual Arts Fellowship awards.

The 2010 Visual Arts Fellowship recipients, chosen from 111 applicants, are: Mary Jo Bole (3D), Jill Gallenstein (2D), Lynda McClanahan (2D) and Steven Thurston (Craft). Awards were based on the artistic merit of works submitted in the disciplines of Craft, 2- and 3-D Visual Arts and Photography. Each Fellowship recipient will receive $5,000 and be featured in an exhibition hosted by the Columbus Museum of Art in the spring of 2011. The CMA exhibition will also feature the artists selected for theDresden Exchange program.

The 2010 Visual Arts Fellowship recipient bios:

Mary Jo Bole
Bole works in sculpture, drawing and artists books and is a professor of art at The Ohio State University. Her books are in collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She recently completed an instillation at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia and is currently working on a new artist book at Logan Elm Press titled Toilet Worship.

Jill Gallenstein
Gallenstein is a multimedia artist whose most recent body of work includes pen and ink drawings. She received her MFA from New York University in 2003, and her BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1999. Gallenstein has been a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a GCAC Fellowship Award. She had residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts in 2008, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2008, and the GCAC sponsored Dresden/Saxony Residency in 2006. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. She is represented by Johansson Projects in Oakland, California.

Lynda McClanahan
McClanahan is a self-taught artist with a background in music, theology and yoga philosophy working in Columbus. In her paintings and other works, McClanahan seeks to capture the intersection between the everyday world and the divine. Her major influences are the art of medieval Europe, India and Persia.

Steven Thurston
Thurston received his BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Thurston has held several artist-in-residence positions, most notably at The Alternative Works Site at Bemis in Omaha, Nebraska; the Europees Keramic Werk Centrum in DenBosch, The Netherlands and the 2007 GCAC Artist Exchange in Dresden, Germany.


GCAC’s Arts Fellowships program, established in 1986, recognizes outstanding Franklin County artists. Since the inception of the program, more than 130 artists have received awards in a variety of disciplines, including visual arts, crafts, film and video, creative writing, music composition and choreography/movement arts. GCAC’s program is one of the few local fellowship programs in the country.

GCAC would also like to congratulate the finalists for the 2010 Visual Artist Fellowship awards: Danielle Julian Norton (3D); Joseph Hoffman (3D); Anjali Srinivasan (3D); Paul Wilbur (Photography); Michael B. Hays (Craft).

The awards, recommended in an anonymous review process by panelists, assist recipients in any manner they choose to support the creation of new works and/or the advancement of their careers. All 2010 recipients and finalists will be invited to apply for GCAC’s Dresden Artists Exchange. Artists who have participated previously in any GCAC exchange program will not be eligible to apply.

Members of the 2010 Visual Arts Fellowship panel who reviewed all applications and recommended fellowships were curators Dan Byers of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Lisa Dent of the Columbus Museum of Art and Namita Gupta Wiggers of the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon.

This year, one of the four fellowships will be made possible through the generosity of Annie’s Fund, a foundation created in honor of surgeon, artist and arts patron Anne Miller. Until her untimely death in 1998, Miller was an established member of the medical community and a dedicated artist specializing in the hand-crafted arts—those created by people with little or no formal training and without regard to the mainstream art world’s recognition or marketplace. This special award celebrates Miller’s commitment to this art form’s visionary quality and the recipient’s work is meant to embody this bold concept. Lynda McClanahan received the Annie’s Fund award.

A reception in honor of the 2010 Visual Arts Fellowship recipients will be held in conjunction with the exhibition hosted by the Columbus Museum of Art in the spring of 2011. For more information contact Ruby Classen, Grants & Services manager at

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, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for their continued support.

About the Columbus Museum of Art: The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Columbus Foundation, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and until 8:30 PM every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For additional information, call (614) 221-4848 or

CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492