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Art in Ohio takes many shapes as you move across the state. You’ll find both the expected and unusual as you explore the Buckeye State.
One of the most popular art installations is the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus. Here you’ll find dazzling displays of flowers and impressive works of outdoor sculpture. In Zanesville, the Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio and Gallery showcases works by this amazing artist. In Cuyahoga Falls, Sarah’s Vineyard produces wine and has a highly-rated art gallery where you can see blown glass, jewelry, pottery, purses, tiles, watercolors, collages, and photography for sale.
The Glass Axis in Columbus is a 12,700-square foot non-profit glass art studio where you can see member-made works and take classes. In North Canton, Studio Arts & Glass sells unique Christmas ornaments, beautiful jewelry, and glass creations. Canal Fulton Glassworks sells yet more one-of-a-kind glass works by local artisans. The Mansfield Art Center has classes, studios, resources for teachers, and well-curated exhibits. In Marietta, the Riverside Artists Gallery draws fans from around the region who come to see works by local and regional artists – often the artists are on hand to talk about their work.
Opened to the public in 2003, the Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio is a 17,000 square foot facility in downtown Zanesville housing the works of Alan Cottrill. Complete with high ceilings, three stories, and prime location in central Ohio, the facility is available for viewing six days a week as well as by appointment.
Nearby Cottrill’s studio is the Coopermill Bronzeworks which is also available for public viewing – serving as an ideal detour for those curious about the sculpture perfecting process. Back at the studio, visitors can purchase works at the gallery while watching sculpting demonstrations from on-site artists.
Known as the first Museum of American Art in the United States, the Butler Institute of American is found on the campus of Youngstown State University in the city of Youngstown. Located in the Beecher Center, the museum showcases over 20,000 pieces of American art.
Apart from the traditional works of art, the Beecher Center also houses a collection of electronic art that utilizes computers and digital media. The Butler Museum offers two additional satellite museum locations in Salem and Trumball.
Located in historic downtown Steubenville, the City of Murals is a collection of large paintings depicting the city’s rich history and timeline. The murals are a project of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and can be found around every corner while traversing downtown Steubenville in central Ohio.
More than 25 murals by American and Canadian artists decorate the walls downtown and in Hollywood Plaza. One of the more notable murals is a painting of one of Steubenville’s most famous sons, Dean Martin.
A Wiggle In Its Walk
Woven-wood artist Patrick Dougherty has a treat for you this vacation season in Ohio. Your treat is set in Dayton, a city 50 miles north of Cincinnati near southern Ohio.
The Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark is home to “A Wiggle In Its Walk” – twig art standing at 14 feet and stretching to nearly 200 feet throughout the park.
Also known as the Dougherty Exhibit, the sculpture is a system of tunnels made form willow branches coursing through the park’s North Plaza.
Open daily with free admission, the Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark welcomes guests to wander through its many gardens, and of course, explore the Dougherty Exhibit.
Garden Station Art Park
Another opportunity to explore outdoor art presents itself at the Garden Station Art Park. Found in downtown Dayton, this is a community garden as well as an art park that welcomes visitors throughout vacation season. Be sure to check out the park’s events such as the free markets, live music, local food and First Friday art walks passing the park.
SunWatch Indian Village
No, the eerie pit stops of your Ohio road trip haven’t died down yet – pun intended. Set in southern Dayton, the SunWatch Indian Village has a number of mysterious and fascinating things on display. A National Historic Landmark, the village invites visitors to sign up for a tour, and check out the introductory film at the Village and Interpretive Center.
The Museum at Fort Ancient is where the fun really ramps up. The themes of this living museum include “The First Ohioans” to “When Worlds Collide” – and guests may touch a number of things within the outdoor museum, and even check out dog skeletons.
For some inside fun, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is the place. The museum houses a zoo, a planetarium, and a number of permanent exhibits. Don’t miss all this fun on your Ohio adventure.