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Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery Presents Go Figure
13 Ohio Artists Showcase Explorations of the Human Form

Curated by Ohio University Dean Emeritus Charles McWeeny, Go Figure, the first exhibition of 2016 in the Ohio Arts Council's (OAC) Riffe Gallery, will be on view from January 28–March 23, 2016.

Go Figure showcases 13 Ohio artists' explorations of the human form as a narrative vessel. From surreal to hyper-real, this exhibition tells profound stories about what it means to be human.

Juliellen Byrne | Columbus
Isabel Farnsworth |Kent
Clotilde Jiménez | Cleveland Heights
James Oberschlake | Ripley
Frank Oriti | Cleveland
Emil Robinson | Cincinnati
Laura Sanders | Columbus
John Sousa | Springboro
Gregory Spaid | Gambier
Ed Valentine | Delaware
Art Werger | Athens
Pheoris West | Columbus
Jaymi Zents | Chesterland


Opening Reception | Thursday, January 28, 5–7 p.m.
Mingle with the artists, exhibition curator, and other art enthusiasts at the public opening reception.

Curator's Tour | Friday, January 29, 12–1 p.m.
Ohio University Dean Emeritus and ceramic artist Charles McWeeny will give an in depth tour discussing topics from artists' inspirations to his personal thoughts on the figure.

Open Figure Drawing | Wednesdays, February 3-March 23, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Columbus-based artist Mary Jane Ward will lead fun, free, informal explorations of the human figure through drawing. Open to all levels of experience, check out a class during your lunch break, engage in all eight sessions, or simply observe the artistic process in action. Supplies, including easels and pencils, as well as a live model will be provided free of charge.
Registration is not required; space is limited to 10 participants on a first come, first served basis.

Handwritten Love Writing Workshop | Thursday, February 11, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Create a Valentine in poetry for a special "figure" in your life with OAC Artist in Residence Amy Greenberg. Art supplies will be on hand to adorn your prose. Register here January 29-February 9.

Stop-Motion Goes Mobile Family Workshop | Saturday, February 20, 2–4 p.m.
Construct a miniature theatre set to serve as the background for stop-motion short animated videos. OAC Artist in Residence Kate Stenger will lead participants through using the free app Vine. Bring your imagination, storytelling skills, and smart phone or tablet. This workshop is geared toward children ages 6 and up. All children must be accompanied by registered adult. Register here January 29-February 16.

Riffe Gallery admission, events, and programming are free and open to the public.

Go Figure is produced by the OAC's Riffe Gallery. Media support is provided by CD102.5, CityScene, Ohio Channel, WOSU, Ohio Magazine, and WCBE 90.5 FM.

About the Riffe Gallery: The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, across from the Statehouse on High Street in Downtown Columbus. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Featured artists and select images:



Juliellen Byrne
Shine, 2015
24" x 12" x 9"

Isabel Farnsworth
Songs Inside, 2013
24" x 25" x 5.5"
Wood, legal pad paper, wax, plexiglas, resin

Clotilde Jiménez
Bul Got a Boxgame, 2013
25" x 30"
Hand-colored woodcut


James Oberschlake
16" x 12"
Oil and collage on board

Frank Oriti
Side Effects II, 2014
20" x 16"
Oil and acrylic on panel

Emil Robinson
Polar Bear Club 3, 2014
70" x 90"
Oil on linen

Laura Sanders
Isoprene and Polyethylene, 2013
48" x 60"
Oil on canvas

John Sousa
Theophanic Angel--Filius, 2014
60" x 60"
UV cured inks over alkyd and collage on aluminum honeycomb panel

Gregory Spaid
Woman with Magenta Coat, 2009
65" x 45"
Archival ink jet print

Ed Valentine
Untitled, 2011
48" x 72"
Oil, enamel, and spray paint on canvas
Art Werger
Short Stories (detail), 2007
25" x 25"
Mezzotint and aquatint
Pheoris West
Keepers of the Gate, 2013
48" x 36"
Acrylic on canvas
Jaymi Zents
Urban Haze, 2013
36" x 18"
Pencil and oil on birch