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in Press Releases February 8, 2011 6 min read

Columbus, Ohio – In preparation for the 50th Anniversary of theColumbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable, the Greater Columbus Arts Council will host a free panel of Columbus art collectors, gallery owners and curators to discuss how to begin and build an art collection. The location for the panel has CHANGED. The panel will still place on February 24 but at a new location, the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave.  A reception will take place from 5 – 5:30 p.m. and the panel discussion will run from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  Free parking is available in the lot behind Thurber Center off of the 11th Street alley. Additional parking is also available in the lot on the corner of Jefferson and Long. Metered parking is available on Jefferson Avenue. Refreshments will be served.


Moderator Denny Griffith, President of the Columbus College of Art and Design will host a panel including Priscilla Tyson, Columbus City Councilmember and president of Star Arts Gallery; Catherine Evans, curator of photography at the Columbus Museum of Art; Duff Lindsay, gallery owner; and collectors Roy Gottlieb and Ellen Pizzuti.

The panelists will provide personal insights on how they started their collection, tips on how to purchase art and why festivals can make good options for beginning or building an art collection. The tips gathered also will be presented on the Columbus Arts Festival Web site as well as used in a featured section of the Festival Guideboo, social media and the Festival mobile app.

Please RSVP to Shana Scott at or call 614-221-8569.

Looking for something to do after the panel? Enjoy a reading by author Paula McClain as part of the Thurber House’s Evenings with Authors, Thursday, February 24, 7:30 p.m., Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. Tickets $20 general admission; $18 students and seniors, in advance and at the door. For tickets, upcoming Evenings with Authors and other Thurber events go to:

About the panelists:

Catherine Evans
In January 2011 Catherine Evans was appointed the first William and Sarah Ross Soter curator of photography at the Columbus Museum of Art. Evans joined CMA in 1996 as the curator of photography and since 2004 also has served as chief curator. She has directed over 45 exhibitions, giving several photographers their first one-person museum debuts. In 2001 she spearheaded the successful acquisition of the Photo League collection, the most significant photography acquisition in CMA’s history. The Museum is now nationally recognized for its comprehensive holdings in this period. She was the principal author and curator of the exhibition A View from Here: Recent Pictures from Central Europe and the American Midwest, which toured internationally and nationally. Evans, together with associate curator of contemporary art Lisa Dent, runs The Contemporaries, CMA’s contemporary art and photography interest group.

Roy Gottlieb
Roy Gottlieb has practiced general dentistry for more than 25 years. During that time he has served on the Directors Circle Council of the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the boards of Red Herring Theatre Company, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and the Available Light Theatre. He currently serves on the boards of the King Arts Complex, Roy G Biv Gallery for Emerging Artists and Wonderland. He received the King Arts Complex Dream Award in 2006 and the GCAC Community Arts Partnership Award in 2009. Gottlieb has been collecting art for more than 20 years. His post-war collection is focused on local artists and contains many works by The Ohio State University faculty of the ‘50s, including Charles Csuri, Sid Chafetz and Stanley Twardowicz.

Duff Lindsay
A graduate of The Ohio State University Film School, Duff Lindsay was introduced to folk art when he was asked to work on a film about the Columbus wood carver Elijah Pierce. That experience led Lindsay to delve deeper into the world of folk art, becoming an avid collector and immersing himself in the genre. After a long career in the media, Lindsay was looking for a change and realized that art had pretty much taken over his life. In 1999 he opened Lindsay Gallery and now shows in folk and outsider art shows around the country as well as represents a group of self-taught artists from Ohio and around the country.

Ellen M. Pizzuti
Ellen Pizzuti is a life-long lover of all things artistic. She has an undergraduate degree in literature from Kenyon College and a graduate degree in education from Vanderbilt University. She became interested in visual art at a very young age and has lived with it her whole life. In addition to her family visiting every museum possible whenever and wherever they travelled, each member has collected art since she can remember. Collecting, coupled with classes at CCAD and neighboring schools in her formative years and beyond, helped Pizzuti cultivate her understanding of the beauty and complexities of art and the art world. She began collecting in college and her eclectic collection includes contemporary works from artists who live both locally and around the world. She is an avid photographer and has two children, Frances and Nathan, with whom she relishes the opportunity to develop their individual passions for art. Both children, from birth, have been taught to look at art—to consider, appreciate and enjoy art. Bare walls make her very uncomfortable as she sees them as missed opportunities.

Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson
A dedicated leader and lifelong resident of Columbus, Priscilla R. Tyson joined Columbus City Council in January 2007. Throughout her career, Councilmember Tyson has been a dedicated public servant who gives back to her community. She served as executive director emeritus for City Year Columbus, vice president of community relations at Ohio Health, and vice president of community development at National City. She also served on the boards of Phoenix Theatre Circle, National Black Programming Consortium, Opera Columbus and the Community Shelter Board. In 1996, Councilmember Tyson received the YWCA Women of Achievement Award. Councilmember Tyson is also the president of Star Arts Gallery, Limited. Star Arts was founded in 2005 to assist artists in expanding their client base and gaining national attention for their work. Star Arts specializes in multiple genres such as collage, wood-burning, oil on canvas/linen, photography and sculpture. She is an avid collector of African-American art and a member of the Greater Columbus Arts Council board of trustees.

The Columbus Arts Festival, presented by Time Warner Cable and produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council will celebrate its 50th year of bringing the best in fine art and fine craft to Columbus, June 3, 4 & 5, 2011. The Columbus Arts Festival is rated by AmericanStyle magazine as one of the top festivals in the nation and each year hosts hundreds of juried artists from across the United States, as well as a few international artists. Music, poetry and community performance stages, hands-on arts activities for kids and adults, exhibitions of local student artwork and quality food and beverages round out Columbus’ favorite outdoor summer event.

Festival hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 and 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 5. Participating artists will be announced in mid-February. For more information,

The Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors to date are American Electric Power, State Auto, Bella Giardino, Coca-Cola, Glazer’s, ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars and Dine Originals. Media sponsors include alive! WBNS 10TV, WOSU, CD101@102.5FM, WCBE 90.5FM, WMNI/Classic Hits 103.9 FM.

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, GCAC funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides 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