BLANK SPACES: Short North Mural Series
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September 17, 2015

Media Contact
Betsy A. Pandora, MCRP

Short North Alliance
21 E. 5th Ave, Ste 103
Columbus, OH 43201


Press Release

New Public Art Series Showcases Nineteen Artists in the Short North Arts District
BLANK SPACES: Short North Mural Series Installed September 10

Columbus, OH - The Short North Alliance and 19 partner galleries and art institutions, with the support of the the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Short North Foundation, are excited to launch the third rendition of the highly popular Short North Temporary Mural Series. The exhibition, titled BLANK SPACES, was installed beginning on September 10, 2015, in the Short North Arts District.  

The exhibition was curated by Tyler Cann, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art.

This iteration builds upon the very popular 10x10x10 Mural Series (2012-13) and Viewpoints: Murals by Young Professional Working Artists (2013-15).

The murals are installed on the exterior brick facades of 19 buildings along High Street in the Short North Arts District. They consist of high resolution images of art works that are printed on vinyl and heat-adhered to buildings. The process results in a work of art that looks painted on the building.

“The Short North Mural Series has become one of the most anticipated and celebrated projects in the Short North Arts District,” said Betsy Pandora, Executive Director of the Short North Alliance. “Representing an incredible community-wide collaboration among the district's art galleries and many of our community’s leading arts institutions, this set of murals pop against blank spaces throughout the district as they never have before.”

Its name, BLANK SPACES, comes from the idea that these murals temporarily occupy otherwise blank brick walls in the Short North Arts District. The murals are designed to be photographed and enjoyed for a limited time, until the next series is installed.

A complete list of participating galleries, art works, featured artists, and mural installation locations includes:

  • Ashley D. Pierce, “The Welcoming”, presented by Lindsay Gallery, installed at 700 N High St

  • Brian Port, “Daughter of Midas”, presented by Brandt-Roberts Galleries, installed at 650 N High St

  • Calvin Ma, Stag”, presented by Sherrie Gallerie, installed at 680 N High St

  • Ruth Ann Mitchell, “Awakenings”, presented by Studios on High Gallery, installed at 761 N High St

  • Charles Wince, “Are We Knot The Same”, presented by pm gallery, installed at 1130 N High St

  • Derrick Adams, “Cultural Center Joined by Public Art Commission”, presented by Pizzuti Collection, installed at 160 N High St

  • Dana Lynn Harper, “Diatoms”, presented by ROY G BIV Gallery, installed at 997 N High St

  • Danielle Poling, “Summer Dreams 1”, presented by Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio, installed at 1288 N High St

  • Roger Williams, “Dwarf Star”, presented by Marcia Evans Gallery, installed at 608 N High St

  • Michael Guinane, “Stroll up the Street”, presented by Sharon Weiss Gallery, installed at 674 N High St

  • Teresa Cornelius, “Red Poppy Flowers”, presented by Little Fish Gallery, installed at 37 E 5th Ave

  • Paul Feeley, “Untitled”, presented by the Columbus Museum of Art, installed at 1081 N High St

  • Dion Johnson, “Untitled”, presented by Joseph Editions, installed at 479 N High St

  • Omarthan Clarke, “Tomorrow Again”, presented by Wexner Center for the Arts, installed at 1204 N High St

  • Paul Hamilton, “Over Easy”, presented by Hammond Harkins Galleries, installed at 1259 N High St

  • Rod Hayslip, “Abandonment”, presented by Art Access Gallery, installed at 459 N High St

  • Jeremy Sorrell, “Into the distance”, presented by Rivet, installed at 895 N High St

  • Wallace Peck, “Deer Me”, presented by Open Door Art Studio, installed at 1209 N High St

  • Tony Simione, “Not Human - Creatures in Film”, presented by Gateway Film Center, installed at 1359 N High St

BLANK SPACES Sunday Stroll: Sunday, September 27 | 1:00-4:00pm
On Sunday, September 27, the participating galleries and organizations will hold the BLANK SPACES Sunday Stroll. The event features meet and greet receptions with BLANK SPACES artists at galleries in the Short North Arts District, and guided tours of the murals:

  • 1:00-2:00pm, meet at 459 N High Street (murals on east side of High)
  • 2:30-3:30pm, meet at 1288 N High Street (murals on west side of High)

A special announcement regarding a new public art partnership between the Columbus Young Professionals Club and the Short North Alliance will also take place at 3:30pm in front of the Short North White Castle at 965 N High Street. 

Over the next year, there will be a series of BLANK SPACES Artist Talks, where the mural artists will speak about their experience, work and more. Details and locations for these talks will be announced soon.

High resolution photos available upon request.

Teresa Cornelius, “Red Poppy Flowers”, presented by Little Fish Gallery, installed at 37 E 5th Ave
Paul Hamilton, “Over Easy”, presented by Hammond Harkins Galleries, installed at 1259 N High St
Paul Feeley, “Untitled”, presented by the Columbus Museum of Art, installed at 1081 N High St

The Short North Alliance (SNA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving both the property owners and business owners of the Short North Arts District.

The Short North Arts District is the most vibrant spot in the City of Columbus and is home to over 300 exciting businesses, the majority of which are locally owned or headquartered. It has received numerous national accolades, is considered a model for urban revitalization, and is known as the art and soul of Columbus. 
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