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Greater Columbus Arts Council Selects Artwork from Local Artists for Community Arts Partnership Awards

in Press Releases September 19, 2016 2 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council has selected works of art from three central Ohio artists to present to winners in the business and individual award categories at the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Awards.

Hosted by the Arts Council each year in October, the CAP Awards celebrate outstanding contributions to the arts by individuals and businesses. Winners are selected in six categories: Arts Educator, Emerging Arts Leader, Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner, Large Business, Medium Business and Small Business.

This year’s awards for the business categories were purchased from Larry Hamill, Cody Heichel and Jim Murrin.

Larry Hamill received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from The Ohio State University. With over 35 years experience shooting aerial, corporate and industrial photographs, Hamill is continually creating a wide range of fine artwork in a variety of mediums, including 3D graphics, photilation, acrylics on canvas and drawings on paper.

Cody Heichel is a Columbus-based watercolorist using bold colors and high-contrast tonality to create atmospheric interpretations of daily, and recognizable, scenery. Urban cityscapes, rural settings and national and international locales provide the inspiration for his work. Heichel is represented by Brandt-Roberts Galleries.

Jim Murrin is an Ohio native who grew up in Greene County and studied photography, drawing and design in college. Following a career in dentistry and endodontics, he studied painting at Columbus College of Art & Design. Murrin is currently creating a series of paintings inspired by a tour of Cuba.

Artwork for the business awardees goes through a selection process. Artists and galleries are invited to submit images of work for consideration. The CAP committee reviews submissions and narrows the selection pool down to two works each from 10 artists. Those 20 pieces are hung for a one-night private exhibition during which past and present Arts Council board members are invited to vote on the works to select for purchase.

This year’s winners in the three individual CAP award categories will each be honored with a limited-edition signed print of Maggie Smith’s poem “Good Bones.” Smith is a Columbus native working as a poet, freelance writer and editor. “Good Bones” went viral online earlier this year in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shootings.

The CAP Awards recognize the community’s important contributions to the arts, including financial support, non-cash contributions, volunteer involvement and board participation. Strong partnerships between businesses, community members and the arts stimulate economic growth, promote the city’s revitalization, encourage tourism and enhance Columbus’ cultural image.

The event, presented this year by PNC, will take place 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., on Oct. 13 at COSI. Media sponsors include CityScene Magazine, The Columbus Dispatch and WOSU. Tickets to attend are available online 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, the Arts Council 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 and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492