Ohio Arts Council Recognizes Regional County Artists with Individual Excellence Awards

75 artists were recognized through the program, including three from Hamilton County and two from Butler County.

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Artists in Hamilton and Butler counties are among those recognized by the Ohio Arts Council in the Individual Excellence Awards.

Seventy-five artists in total were recognized through the program, including three from Hamilton County and two from Butler County. The artists will each receive a portion of the $300,000 grant funding that was recently approved by the OAC board.

The Individual Excellence Awards are intended to recognize an artist’s work in how it strengthens their specific discipline and advances the artistic community of Ohio.

Each artist received $4,000 in funding with the intention of furthering their development and recognition in their field. 

“Individual Excellence Awards represent investment in imagination, artistry, and talent by giving artists the resources to innovate, explore their art forms, develop skills, and advance their careers,” OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins says in a recent blog post. “These awards honor the outstanding accomplishments of Ohio artists, who we are proud to support as they continue to shape creative conversations in our state through their work in and mastery of their chosen disciplines and crafts.”

Submissions in crafts, design, interdisciplinary arts, media arts, photography, visual arts 2D, and visual arts 3D were accepted. 

In Hamilton County, Cynthia Lockhart won in the crafts division, Jay Bolotin won in the interdisciplinary category and Rachel Girard Reisert won in photography.

From Butler County, Oxford natives Larry Collins and Dana Saulnier separately earned recognition in 2D visual arts. 

The OAC says the winners were determined based on an open panel review process that measured the merit of an artist’s past body of work.

See the list of all of the winners online at oac.ohio.gov.