Friday, May 21, 2010


The Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition welcomes the Visual Art Jurors for 2010! Professional jurors, Tim Rietenbach and Annegreth Nill are both pioneers in the industry, both from very diverse, artistic backgrounds, and Amateur Juror Melissa Vogley Woods, who is no stranger to this particular exhibition. Jurors for the Short Film division are to be announced soon!


ARTIST'S...Due to an emergency, our Professional Juror James "blusterone" Alicea, was unable to come to town for the Jury process. Tim Rietenbach, graciously accepted to jury in his place.

Tim Rietenbach, lives in the Short North neighborhood of Columbus with his wife Tamie and three sons Eric, Sam and Cole. Tim is an active artist and Professor currently working at Columbus College of Art and Design. During his time at CCAD he has also served as the Visiting Artist Coordinator, Chair of Foundation Studies, and is currently the Director of student exhibitions. He spent more than a decade living, working and exhibiting in New York City. His large-scale installation work has earned him several Individual Artist Grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, including the Dresden Residency and funding to install “Gigantic” (one hundred foot human skeleton) at COSI.

Annegreth Nill -
Annegreth T. Nill is an independent curator of contemporary art living and working in Columbus, Ohio. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Nill was chief curator at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale where she organized, among other exhibitions, Pablo Picasso Ceramics / Carlos Luna Paintings, Matthew Schreiber: Platonic Solids and Survivors & Liberators: Portraits by Wilma Bulkin Siegel. Nill was curator of 20th-century and contemporary art at the Columbus Museum of Art from 1995 to 2005. As that museum’s first curator of contemporary art, she curated numerous one-person and group exhibitions including Opening Night: A Video Installation by John Henry Blatter and Twenty Ways to Get an Apple Listening to the Music of Mozart: An Installation by Ilyia and Emilia Kabakov (both installations subsequently joined the permanent collection), and Reordering Reality: Collecting Contemporary Art and Extraordinary Realities: The Lois Plehn Collection. She was also co-curator of the traveling exhibitions Symphonic Poem: The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson and Illusions of Eden: Visions of the American Heartland. Prior to leaving for Florida, Nill curated Made in Ohio / Diverse Sources, an exhibition which showcased work by members of the Ohio Art League and was hosted by the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery.

To learn more about Annegreth Nill, visit:


Melissa Vogley Woods -

Melissa Vogley Woods originates from Columbus, Ohio and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. Recently she has attended the Greater Columbus Arts Council International Artist Residency, and has received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and several Franklin County Neighborhood Arts Grants for her community based work.

Recent International Exhibitions include: “open house” Mastul eV Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany; “Nachbarschaft Verlassen- Neighborhood Gone” Gallery Raskolnikow Dresden, Germany and upcoming “Unter Oberflächen” Delikatessenhaus, Leipzig Germany. Recent national exhibitions include: “Craftism ”, University of Wisconsin; “Devotion to Thread ”, Woodland Pattern Book Gallery, Milwaukee; “Fiberarts International Exhibition” Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and “National Small Art Quilt Exhibition” New York. Locally recent exhibitions include, “Here and Beyond” the Riffe Center, “Needle and Paint” Ohio Dominican University, “Sunbonnet Sue in trouble” Ohio Art League and Massillon Museum, Studio M. Vogley Woods has been reviewed by such publications as Columbus Dispatch, The Columbus Alive, Vital Source Magazine, and Dialogue Magazine.

Melissa Vogley Woods has recently co-directed the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, co-founded C.A.M.P. Community Arts and Mural Project. Vogley Woods has had the honor of being an entry and onsite juror for the Columbus Arts Festival, and juried for Montgomery County Visual and Media Fellowship Program. This year she will curate exhibitions at Hopkins Hall Gallery and Corridor and Ohio Dominican University, Whehrle Gallery as well as Juror the Upper Arlington Labor Day Art Festival.
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