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The Ohio Appalachian Artist Directory is a publicly searchable listing of artists that live and work in or near Ohio’s Appalachian region. The Directory is managed by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), and is free and open to the public for browsing and searching. The purpose of the Directory is to increase access to and communication among Ohio’s many Appalachian artists and arts organizations, and to help strengthen the role the arts play in the communities of Appalachian Ohio.

The online Ohio Appalachian Artist Directory represents the next step for the Ohio Arts Council’s work with the communities of Ohio’s Appalachian region. In 1982 the OAC launched the Appalachian Outreach Project, which later grew into the now familiar Appalachian Arts Program. Resources published in support of these programs included the Directory of Appalachian Artists in Ohio in 1986, and Ohio’s Appalachian Arts and Crafts Resources in 1998. In 2003 we launched the Ohio Appalachian Artist Directory, and because it exists online it can be kept constantly up-to-date and continue to grow and evolve as needed to provide the most relevant service to its users.

The Ohio Appalachian Artist Directory is designed to be a powerful tool for the region and makes searching for artists and craftspeople easier and faster than it has ever been before. It is our sincere hope that arts and non-arts organizations of every kind throughout the region will make use of it – festivals, guilds, theatres, arts centers, galleries, bands, co-ops, publications, researchers, schools, interested citizens and more.

For further information about searching in the Directory, its history, or for help with frequently asked questions, please click the appropriate link from the gold menu bar above.

If you have any general questions about the Ohio Appalachian Artist Directory, the Appalachian Arts Program, or any programs of the Ohio Arts Council, please e-mail the Directory Administrator for more information.


Support for the Ohio Appalachian Artist Directory has been provided by:


The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio          Governor's Office of Appalachia

         Appalachian Ohioe Regional Investment Coalition


Disclaimer: The Ohio Arts Council does not judge the quality of the work of the artists and craftspeople contained in the Directory. Event promoters or other interested parties are advised to do reference checks and request work samples if such items are deemed important. The Ohio Arts Council also takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained in the Directory. Artists are free to create and edit their own profiles within the system, and the OAC cannot be held responsible for any misinformation contained therein.