COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 7, 2021) — Ohio is home to a vast and impressive collection of art attractions — from world-renowned museums and inspiring installations to prized public art and fabulous fairs and festivals. Now, the state is rolling out the welcome mat to art enthusiasts, letting them know about these treasured art assets and encouraging them to visit.
Ohio. Find It Here., the state's tourism agency, has created a themed road trip all around art. The 909-mile "Art Road Trip" features 12 stops showcasing some of the best art attractions in Ohio. The Ohio. Find It Here. website describes each of the stops and recommends nearby places to stay, eat and play.
"You can find a thriving arts scene right here in Ohio," said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development, which oversees Ohio. Find It Here. "The Art Road Trip appeals to a wide range of art enthusiasts, from beginners to art connoisseurs, and along the way, they'll discover some of Ohio's vibrant cities and charming towns."
To help promote the Art Road Trip, Ohio. Find It Here. produced a video featuring many of the state's top arts destinations for use in social media and digital advertising.
"Ohio is home to so many wonderful art-related organizations and events," said Nannette Maciejunes, executive director and CEO of the Columbus Museum of Art. "It's truly an art mecca, and we're excited for art lovers to come and see for themselves. The stops on the Art Road Trip are really just the tip of the iceberg."
Cleveland and Columbus are two of just 20 cities across the U.S. that will host the very popular Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, a captivating digital art exhibit merging state-of-the-art technology, theatrical storytelling and world-class animation. Featuring stunning towering projections that illuminate Van Gogh's genius, the exhibition showcases a curated selection of images from his more than 2,000 masterpieces. The Columbus Museum of Art will also host Through Vincent's Eyes: Van Gogh and his Sources beginning in November.
The Art Road Trip, which features the following 12 stops, can be taken any time.
- Columbus Museum of Art: This museum features works from Columbus-born artists like Aminah Robinson, George Bellows and Elijah Pierce to the luminaries of 19th and 20th-century art. Rotating exhibits fill its recently opened modern art wing, and there are ample areas to explore and create art of your own.
- Columbus African American Sculpture Tour: This tour features 11 outdoor sculptures throughout Columbus that were created by African American artists.
- Wexner Center for the Arts: Located at The Ohio State University in Columbus, the Wexner Center for the Arts is one of the nation's premiere cultural gems and an internationally known contemporary arts center.
- Millersburg Open Air Art Museum: Set within a majestic landscape of lush forest and rolling hillsides, this fusion of nature and art showcases original works from local and regional artists of various backgrounds and disciplines who use glass, metal, wood and natural materials in their projects. A piece at the museum is featured on the cover of the 2021 Ohio Travel Guide.
- Cleveland Museum of Art: Internationally renowned for its substantial holdings of Asian and Egyptian art, the museum houses a diverse permanent collection of more than 61,000 works of art from around the world. It was recently voted one of the top 10 art museums in the country in USA TODAY's Readers’ Choice 2021 10 Best List.
- Butler Institute of American Art: In the early 1900s, Joseph G. Butler, Jr. envisioned an institution devoted to curating and preserving the art that his young America would produce. From this vision, the Butler Institute was born. Located in Youngstown, the museum's holdings exceed 22,000 individual works of art.
- Toledo Museum of Art: The Toledo Museum of Art is world-renowned for its collection of glass, decorative arts and Old Master paintings. In addition, the museum has growing collections of contemporary, Asian and African art as well as art from antiquity.
- Belmont County Historic Murals: Travel through Belmont County history through murals depicting the early days of the village of Barnesville. Painted on the side of brick buildings in town by local artist Twila Fisher, the six murals illustrate Barnesville's (and Belmont County's) industrial and cultural history.
- Passion Works Studio: Passion Works Studio is a community arts center located in Athens at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. At the heart and soul of Passion Works is a core group of working artists with developmental differences who create aesthetically and conceptually powerful works of art.
- Portsmouth Floodwall Murals: In 1937, Portsmouth built a floodwall to protect itself from the Ohio River when it flooded. In 1992, town officials commissioned artist Robert Dafford to beautify the floodwall. With the 2,000-foot-long, 20-foot-high floodwall as his canvas, Mr. Dafford created murals depicting Portsmouth's 2,000 year history.
- Taft Museum of Art: Built around 1820 as a private home for several of Cincinnati's most prominent citizens, the Taft Museum of Art is one of the finest small art museums in the U.S. It features an outdoor garden, special exhibits, and an extensive collection of American and European masterworks, Chinese porcelain, 19th century American furniture and the most significant pre-Civil War murals in the U.S.
- Dayton Art Institute: Beautifully constructed as an Italian Renaissance-style building, which sits atop a hill overlooking downtown Dayton, the Institute's highlights are the museum's Asian, 17th-century Baroque, 18th- and 19th-century American, and contemporary art collections.
Ohio. Find It Here. encourages visitors to share photos from and comments about their Ohio road trips using the hashtags #ArtInOhio, #SummerInOhio and #OhioFindItHere. Remember to check event and venue websites ahead of time for the latest COVID-19 safety protocols while traveling. For travel ideas and inspiration, follow @OhioFindItHere on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and visit Ohio.org.
About Ohio. Find It Here. Operating within the state of Ohio's Department of Development, Ohio. Find It Here. works to position Ohio as a destination of choice to enrich lives through authentic travel experiences. The Ohio. Find It Here. brand supports Ohio's multibillion-dollar tourism industry. In 2019, the tourism industry captured a record-breaking $48 billion in visitor spending and welcomed 226 million visitors into and within the state. The industry also supported 431,000 Ohio jobs. For more information, visit Ohio.org.
Media Contact: Celina Fabrizio, email@example.com or 614-745-9462