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Columbus Bicentennial - The Arts

February Listing of Arts Bicentennial Information


Columbus Bicentennial - The Arts

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This year is Columbus' Bicentennial! All year long there are special events and celebrations to mark the birth and growth of Columbus. No where is this more evident then in the art scene.

Columbus often surprises visitors don't expect to find a vibrant art community right in the middle of Ohio. From our symphonies, to our renown art museum to our indie art scene and dance companies, there is a lot to be proud of in Columbus.

Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012 - Chimes

January 1 - December 31, 2012
Address: Trinity Episcopal Church
Broad and Third Streets, Columbus

From the website:The bells at Trinity Episcopal Church are played by hand by carillonneur Nick Tepe and - with the addition of new equipment a few years ago - can be programmed to ring mechanically. Twelve composers, ranging from contemporary masters to jazz musicians to writers of sacred and secular music, have been invited to create new pieces for the bells. Beginning with an inaugural performance of the first composition at 12:02 a.m. on January 1, 2012, and continuing with a new composition each month, these works will reinforce the overarching theme of time that weaves through all Finding Time projects. The use of the church bells recalls their history as a mode of communication, while the compositions themselves will be uniquely modern reflections of our time. The year, as well as the work of Finding Time, will conclude with the performance of the final composition in the series on December 31 at 11:59 p.m. Composers: Sheena Phillips, Donald Harris, Sue Harshe, Vera Stanojevic, Bobby Floyd, Derek DiCenzo, Mark Flugge, Gerald Harvey, Jacob Reed, Mark Gunderson, Brian Harnetty, and Richard Smoot.

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Exhibit: Columbus Views

Dates: September 30, 2011 - May 27, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday until 8:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults $10. Seniors and student 6 and older $8. Children 5 and under free. Admission is free every Sunday.
Address: Columbus Museum of Art
480 E. Broad St., Columbus, 43215

From the website:Columbus Views celebrates the Bicentennial of the City of Columbus. The exhibition, drawn primarily from CMA's collection, gathers works by artists such as George Bellows, Emerson Burkhart, Edmund Kuehn, Robert Chadeayne, and others, who were compelled to translate the charms of the city's various locales and neighborhoods onto canvas. Columbus Views commemorates the Columbus Bicentennial by highlighting artistic depictions of the city.

Exhibit: Columbus Cartoonists: A Bicentennial Celebration

Dates: January 23 - April 27, 2012
Hours: Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Address: Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
27 W. 17th Ave., Columbus
From the website:An extraordinary number of notable cartoonists have lived, worked or been educated in Columbus, Ohio. In honor of the two hundredth anniversary of the city's founding, this exhibition features original cartoon art and other artifacts created by many of them, including Billy Ireland, Milton Caniff, Harry J. Westerman, Eugene Craig, Doc Goodwin, Bill Crawford, Edwina Dumm, Dudley T. Fisher, James Thurber.

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Exhibit: 100 Years of Art: Celebrating Columbus' Legacy

Dates: January 26 - April 15, 2012
Hours: Tuesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday noon-4 p.m.
Address: Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery
77 S. High St., Columbus, 43215
From the website:The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery will present 100 Years of Art: Celebrating Columbus' Legacy from Jan. 26-April 15, 2012. Curated by Melissa Wolfe from the Columbus Museum of Art, 100 Years of Art serves as a tribute to Columbus' bicentennial celebration. This exhibition covers more than 100 years of artistic endeavors, including a variety of media and artistic styles, in order to present a sense of the city's arts community as it looked, changing over the years in response to both local and national artistic developments.

Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012 - Stuart Williams: Breath of Life

Dates: February 1 - March 17, 2012
Admission: Free
Address: Exterior of COSI and Old Central High School
333 W. Broad St., Columbus, 43215

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BalletMet, Jazz Arts Group and WOSU present Jazz Moves Columbus

Dates: February 2-12, 2012
Hours: Feb. 2-5: Thursday 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Feb. 8-12: Wednesday-Thursday 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Address: Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center
77 S. High St., Columbus, 43215

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New Albany Symphony: Portraits of a Columbus Bicentennial

Dates: February 12, 2012
Hours: Sunday 3 p.m.
Admission: $12-$20
Address: Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts
100 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany, 43054

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C-BUS Rocks: A Bicentennial Exhibition

Dates: February 18-28, 2012
Hours: Monday-Sunday 5 p.m.-midnight
Address: CS Gallery & Events
66 Parsons Ave., Columbus, 43215

Exhibit: OhioCentric

Dates: February 18 - March 24, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address:OSU Urban Arts Space
50 W. Town St., Columbus, 43215

From the website:In honor of the Columbus Bicentennial, City Center Gallery hosts its first juried exhibition: OhioCentric. City Center will transform into a showcase of artists from all over Ohio, past and present. While City Center typically focuses on the Columbus community, we are excited to include artists from all over Ohio in celebration of the capital city's 200th anniversary.

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