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The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Museum of Art Announce the 2018 Visual Arts Fellowship Awards

in Press Releases August 7, 2018 4 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 2018 Visual Arts Fellowship awards.

The 2018 Visual Arts Fellowship, chosen from 94 applicants, are: Daric Gill, Cameron Granger, Jared Thorne and Ryland Wharton.

Each Fellowship recipient will receive $5,000 and be featured in an exhibition hosted by the Columbus Museum of Art in 2019.

2018 Visual Arts Fellowship recipient bios:

Daric Gill is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Columbus. His award-winning oil paintings (The Absolutes Series) have been exhibited at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, South Korea; the John F. Peto Museum, NJ; the Edward Hopper House Museum, NY; Pizzuti Collection; and George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles and Chelsea, NY. Additionally, his interactive robotic sculptures have won funding and have been exhibited in galleries, public parks and other urban spaces across the U.S. Gill has been the recipient of several grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. He served as a juror for the 2017 Winter Park Arts Festival international and the 2015 Columbus Arts Festival, and is a former adjunct professor at Columbus College of Art & Design.

Cameron Granger is an award-winning video artist currently based in Columbus. Born and raised in Cleveland, Granger uses his work as a vehicle to explore his place both in, and as a product of, American history and its media. Granger is an acting member of MINT, a Columbus-based art collective and project/gallery space, and a 2017 resident artist at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. His most recent projects include Ten Toes Down, a curated screening at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and He Say, She Say, an exhibition of work made alongside his mother at Ctrl+Shft Gallery in Oakland, CA.

Jared Thorne holds a BA in English literature from Dartmouth College and an MFA from Columbia University. His work speaks to issues of identity and subjectivity as it relates to class and race in America and abroad. Thorne is an assistant professor in the art department at The Ohio State University. Before joining Ohio State, Thorne taught at the collegiate level in South Africa from 2010-2015. He has had solo shows both domestically and internationally.

Ryland Wharton is an artist and curator living in Columbus. His work has been shown at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, MA; Columbus Museum of Art; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; LEAP, Berlin; Soloway, NY; and Third Party Gallery, Cincinnati, among others. His writing and projects have appeared in X-TRA Contemporary Art Journal and White Zinfandel. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Brown University and an MFA from The Ohio State University. From 2012–2016 he was the curator and co-director of The Center for Ongoing Research & Projects.

All 2018 recipients and past finalists are invited to apply for the Arts Council’s Artist Exchange program in Dresden, Germany. Artists who have participated previously in any Arts Council exchange program are not eligible to apply.

The 2018 Visual Arts Fellowships were juried in a blind review process by Jacob Proctor, a New York-based curator and writer; and Matthew Thompson, Director of Advisory at Art Agency Partners in Los Angeles.

Granger’s fellowship is made possible through the generosity of Annie’s Fund, a charitable fund created in honor of Columbus 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 self-taught 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 concept of visionary artists and bold creative concepts.

Columbus Museum of Art will feature the 2018 Visual Arts Fellowship recipients and Artist Exchange participants in the annual Greater Columbus exhibition. The 2019 exhibition dates are June 14 to Sept. 29, 2019. A reception in honor of the fellowship recipients will be held in conjunction with the exhibition in 2019.

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. The Arts Council is supported by the city of Columbus, the Ohio Arts Council, and individuals and businesses throughout the community.

About the Columbus Museum of Art: Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark, Paul-Henri Bourguignon and Erika Bourguignon Fund for Visual Art, Vada Beetler Memorial, and Robert B. Hunt funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA, Schokko Café and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. every Thursday. Museum admission is $14 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Special exhibition fees may also apply. General admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA charges a flat rate of $5 for parking in the Museum’s East Gay lot. CMA members park for free. For additional information, call 614.221.6801 or visit


CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
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