Here's Looking at You: Portraits in Ohio

January 27- April 17, 2011

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery will present Here’s Looking at You: Portraits in Ohio from January 27- April 17, 2011.

Curated by Kay Koeninger, the exhibition features 14 Ohio artists who stretch the idea of what a portrait can be. Through their eyes, we see not only the world but ourselves and others in a transformative new light. They are not constrained by a past art form but are energized and profoundly inspired by it, using a variety of mediums—from photography to charcoal to stoneware to acrylic painting—to create unforgettable portraits.

“The Ohio artists whose work is represented here use a dizzying array of approaches and materials,” said Curator Kay Koeninger. “Some do portraits of dear friends or of strangers; some do portraits based in fantasy and imagination; others do self-portraits. But despite their variety, all offer us a strong dialogue between viewer and subject that is unique in art; all offer us a unique insight not only into others but also ourselves.”

Join the Riffe Gallery for the opening of Here’s Looking at You on Thursday, January 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. Curator Kay Koeninger will lead a tour of the exhibition on Friday, January 28 from noon to 1 p.m.

Artists in the show include: Amy Kollar Anderson (Dayton), Leslie Adams (Toledo), Sid Chafetz (Columbus), Ruth Finley (Cleveland), Leesa Haapapuro (Dayton), Marcella Hackbardt (Mount Vernon), Chas Ray Krider (Columbus), Baila Litton (Cleveland), James Pate (Dayton), Ellen Jean Price (Oxford), Leslie Shiels (Cincinnati), Francis Schanberger (Dayton), Marty Shuter (Columbus) and Chun Arthur Wang (Columbus).

The Riffe Gallery will also host a free family workshop and two creative writing workshops in the gallery during the exhibition. Join Dayton artist Leesa Haapapuro in creating your own portrait in clay! Registration is required as space is limited; all children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register for the Family Workshop online at at www.oac.ohio.gov/Riffe-Gallery/Exhibitions between January 31 and March 28, 2011. Ohio author and educator Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld will lead the creative writing workshops on February 28 and March 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

From January 31 to March 28, register here for the April 3 Family Day Workshop with artist Leesa Haapapuro.

Here's Looking at You: Portraits in Ohio is presented by the Riffe Gallery with support from the Ohio Building Authority, and media support from CD101, CityScene, Ohio Magazine, Time Warner Cable and 90.5 WCBE.

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon - 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and state holidays. Visit www.oac.ohio.gov/Riffe-Gallery/Exhibitions or phone 614/644-9624 for more information. The Riffe Gallery is supported by the Ohio Building Authority and the OAC’s Individual Artist Grants and Services Program. Media Sponsors include CD101, CityScene, Ohio Magazine, Time Warner Cable and WCBE.

Free group tours are available Wednesday through Friday throughout the run of each exhibition. To schedule a group tour, contact Riffe Gallery Director Mary Gray at mary.gray@oac.state.oh.us or 614/728-2239.

There are 14 images contained within this archive that are intended for Riffe Gallery publicity/educational use only. These images are protected by a photographic copyright that belongs to the Ohio Arts Council. They, therefore, are not in the public domain. Please contact the Ohio Arts Council directly if you wish to inquire about obtaining reproduction permission. Dimensions are h x w.


Image of charcoal on paper by Leslie Adams titled A Portrait of Michael Shane Neal
Image of acrylic on gold foil on canvas by Amy Kollar Anderson titled Baset
Image of reduction wood block print by Sid Chafetz titled Joseph Addison

Leslie Adams
A Portrait of Michael Shane Neal, 2008,
charcoal on paper, heightened with white
60 x 40"

Amy Kollar Anderson
Baset, 2010, Acrylic and gold foil on canvas,
16 x 10"

Sid Chafetz
Joseph Addison, 2005, Reduction wood block prints, 18 x 16"

Image of shell inlaid on hardwood by Ruth Finley titled S.S.St.Louis, 1939
Image of digital chromogenic print by Marcella Hackbardt titled Earthbound
Image of work by Leesa Haapapuro titled The Portrait Project

Ruth Finley
S.S. St. Louis, 1939, 2006, shell inlaid or overlaid on hardwood,
6 ½ x 6 1/8"

Marcella Hackbardt
Earthbound, 2010, digital chromogenic print,
18 x 35"

Leesa Haapapuro
The Portrait Project, 2007-ongoing
charcoal, conté crayon, India ink and pencil on paper, dimensions variable


Image of an inkjet print by Chas Ray Krider titled Lo
A mixed media piece by Balia Litton titled Mother Harriet
A pen and ink piece by James Pate titled Barry Bonds

Chas Ray Krider
Lo, 2005, inkjet print from a digitized color negative,
11 x 11"


Baila Litton
Mother Harriet, 2006, mixed media/encaustic/fabric and beads on paper,
74 ½ x 40"

James Pate
Barry Bonds, 2009, pen and ink on paper,
30 x 20"

A paper plate lithograph by Ellen Price titled Portion
An oil on paper on panel by Leslie Shiels titled Spoonbill
A stoneware piece by Marty Shuter titled Five Eggs

Ellen Price
Portion, 2010, paper plate lithograph,
14 ½ x 22 ¼"

Leslie Shiels
Spoonbill, 2009, oil on paper on panel,
36 x 36"

Marty Shuter
Five Eggs, 2009, glazed white stoneware,
14 x 12 x 11"

A pigment ink photograph by Francis Schanberger titled mis-taken
An oil on board piece by Chun Arthur Wang titled Untitled
Francis Schanberger

mis-taken, 2002/2010, pigment ink photograph on Tyvek, dimensions variable

Chun Arthur Wang
Untitled, 2008, oil on board,
12 x 16"