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The Greater Columbus Arts Council and Columbus Museum of Art Announce the 2021 Visual Arts Fellowship Awards

in Press Releases December 2, 2021 2 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) and the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Visual Arts Fellowship awards.

The 2021 Visual Arts Fellowship recipients, chosen from 133 applicants, are: Roger Beebe, Matelli Graves, Benedict Scheuer and Hannah Parrett.

Each Fellowship recipient will receive a $10,000 cash award (doubled from previous years) and be featured at the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art as part of Greater Columbus: The 2022 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Awards Exhibition. Additionally, all Visual Arts Fellowship recipients are invited to apply for the Arts Council’s Artist Exchange program to Dresden, Germany after the fellowship is completed.

2021 Visual Arts Fellowship recipient bios:

Roger Beebe (43201) is a filmmaker and professor of art at The Ohio State University. His work consists primarily of multiple-projector performances and essayistic videos that explore the world of found images. He has screened his films on the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square, at McMurdo Station in Antarctica as well as at Sundance, Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Laboratorio Arte Alameda and Los Angeles Filmforum.

Matelli Graves (43068) is a fashion and portrait photographer and cinematographer, based in Columbus. Self-taught, he began shooting photos and video for friends, then took his growing passion and focused on a career in image-making.

Hannah Parrett (43201) grew up on the southwestern edge of South Dakota and has lived in Columbus for the past four years. She received her MFA from The Ohio State University and is the co-founder of Dream Clinic Project Space, an artist-run gallery that operates out of her studio space. She has exhibited locally and nationally, most recently an exhibition alongside artist Maxwell Holden at Pearl Connard Gallery.

Benedict Scheuer (43202) is a queer and mixed-race artist devoted to an interdisciplinary practice that is informed by drawing, gardening, nature, belonging and meditation. He has a BA in environmental studies from Yale University and an MFA in visual art from The Ohio State University. Scheuer has exhibited at the Wexner Center for the Arts, ROY G BIV Gallery, Urban Arts Space, Skylab and Dream Clinic.

The 2021 Visual Arts Fellowships were juried in a blind review process by Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Princeton Art Museum; Claire Bergeal, Director, Bortolami Gallery; and Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle, Online Sales Director, Pace Gallery.

The Columbus Museum of Art will feature this year’s Visual Arts Fellowship recipients and Artist Exchange participants in the Greater Columbus exhibition at the Pizzuti Collection in 2022 (exact dates to be announced). A reception in honor of the fellowship recipients will be held in conjunction with the exhibition.

Mission of the Columbus Museum of Art: To create great experiences with great art for everyone.

Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council.

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