Concrete Words

Concrete Words

Project Details: ‘Concrete Words'
The intent of the ‘Concrete Words’ is to highlight the community's input for art projects which use landscape materials and is interactive. The stacked concrete blocks were planted with hardy succulents for the hot summer and will transition to winter-friendly plants when the weather gets cooler. Plants were provided by the adjacent shop, Botanica 215. The project was assembled by Ohio State University students participating in the Pay It Forward: Community Commitment Day. A "revealing" poem appears at the feet of the sitting area when the plants are watered. Go try it out for yourself!

 

Meet the Author: Nancy Kangas

My poetry has been published in print and online publications including Cap City Poets and Exquisite Corpse. I write a poetry column for Ohio Edit, “Slides (Interpreted by Nancy),” and a monthly humor feature for the children’s magazine, Muse.

On this spot she heard the katydids screech the branches above, and as they ratcheted up the chaos, she said,“Why doesn’t Kyle have even half  the pang as do these bugs?”

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A Project Of:
The University District Organization (UDO) is a non-profit planning and community improvement organization incorporated in 1971 to work towards the stabilization and revitalization of the University District.

Short Literary Pieces

Short Literary Pieces

Project Details ‘Short Literary Pieces’
The intent of the ‘Short Literary Pieces’ is to commission several writers and poets and other literary focused individuals to create two short pieces. Writings will be displayed throughout the neighborhood in sidewalk or wall art, performed during events or in other creative artistic installations.

Selected Authors:

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Sam Zafris
Sam was the recipient of the Inaugural R.L. Stine Scholarship for Creative Writing at Ohio State and has completed an undergraduate creative writing thesis in poetry with Professor Andrew Hudgins. Authored work: Two short stories.

Jessi Jones
I currently design, write and edit the Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage- the biennial newsletter for the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies at the Ohio State University. I am a writer in my free time, and maintain a personal blog of poems and short stories. Authored work: Poetry.

Gabrielle Lasky
In 2015 Gabrielle was shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for her musical about bipolar disorder, "My Mania"; In 2012 - Best New Playwright in SWFL for my one-act, "The Unseen Character". Authored work:  One-act plays.

Chiquita Mullins Lee
She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and lives in Columbus, Ohio, where she works as Arts Learning Programs Coordinator for the Ohio Arts Council. Previously, she was Ohio's Poetry Out Loud project coordinator, as well as a teaching artist for the Ohio Arts Council’s Artist-in-Residence program. Authored work: Poetry

Nancy Kangas
My poetry has been published in print and online publications including Cap City Poets and Exquisite Corpse. I write a poetry column for Ohio Edit, “Slides (Interpreted by Nancy),” and a monthly humor feature for the children’s magazine, Muse. Authored work: Poetry and word game.

A Project Of:
The Univeristy District Organization (UDO) is a non-profit planning and community improvement organization incorporated in 1971 to work towards the stabilization and revitalization of the University District.

Art from Nature

Art from Nature

Project Details: ‘Art from Nature’
The intent of the ‘Art from Nature’ installation is to create an art piece for placement in Iuka Park that integrates with the landscape. The installation will use natural materials that degrade over time and limit the environmental impacts to the site. Items will be sourced from the park, and/or the surround area - much of which will be invasive plant material.

 

Meet the Artist: Walter Herrmann

I received my B.F.A. in Ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, in 1998. Shortly after, I moved to Columbus, where I have been working as a sculptor, arts facilitator, art director, and consultant for the last 20 years. During this time, I have built numerous installations and exhibited in several solo exhibitions. My last solo exhibit was held at the Columbus Cultural Art Center, in February, 2015. The installation consisted 12 tons of lumber salvaged out of dumpsters and cut into brick size. The bricks were then stacked into 13 large cone like hives reaching as high as 12’ and spanning as wide as 6’ in diameter.

Concept:
A 20' x 10' woven wood sculpture placed between two existing ash tree trunks.

A Project Of:
The University District Organization (UDO) is a non-profit planning and community improvement organization incorporated in 1971 to work towards the stabilization and revitalization of the University District.

Music Oriented Tee Shirt Design

Music Oriented Tee Shirt Design

Project Details ‘Music Trail T-Shirt Design’
The intent of the ‘Music Trail T-Shirt Design’ is to create an artistically designed T-Shirt that can be distributed to promote the thriving music scene of the University District. The design will be used as part of a window display on area music venues as well.

 

Meet the Artist: John Grosvenor

A graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design and proud resident of Weinland Park, I have been freelancing in the Central Ohio area for over 20 years. In direct relationship with the University District, I was the initial artist featured on the Weinland Park Billboard Project. I was a contributing artists in the Weinland Park Storybook - a neighborhood collaboration with the Wexner Center. I have also illustrated the parade posters for the SOHUD Annual Fool's Parade as well as the benefit and rock show posters supporting the event.

Other work by John:

A Project Of:
The University District Organization (UDO) is a non-profit planning and community improvement organization incorporated in 1971 to work towards the stabilization and revitalization of the University District.

Neighborhood 100

Neighborhood 100

Project Details ‘Neighborhood 100’
The intent of the ‘Neighborhood 100’ is to create 100 small objects for that will be distributed for display to residents and businesses throughout the University District.

Meet the Artist: Rory Krupp

Rory Krupp lives in the University District in Columbus, Ohio. He attended the Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati. He has shown his artwork in galleries and art fairs in Columbus, New York, Chicago, Miami and Singapore. He has exhibited at museums in Los Angeles and Delaware, Ohio. He has won an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Excellence grant and attended artist residencies in Michigan and Vermont.

Concept Description & Sketches:
“Your dream is my memory”
Wood, acrylic and latex paint.

One hundred 6” x 6” painted and numbered wooden blocks arranged in a 10 x 10 block standing grid.

“Your dream is my memory” explores aggregation and community. While many art project using multiples involve loss or the repetition of a single concept this project utilizes community involvement to realize the complete piece. The 100 wooden blocks are distributed to the public who meet and assemble the blocks to reveal text on one side and a painting on the other. While each block can stand alone as a piece the full picture can only be realized when all 100 people gather at once. The art work, like the community, is made a disparate and diverse group that manifests itself when it comes together.

Timeline:
October & November - Fabrication of blocks
November 22 - Distribution of blocks
December 13 - Participant Meet-up Event

A Project Of:
The Univeristy District Organization (UDO) is a non-profit planning and community improvement organization incorporated in 1971 to work towards the stabilization and revitalization of the University District.