Main Gallery

Fine Art Exhibitions by Ohio Artists

The Main Gallery is our space for group, individual and juried art exhibitions. The exhibitions, which usually last for about a month and a half, display an assortment of artistic themes and media, and feature impressive work by artists across the state of Ohio and beyond.

"Essence of Character"

David Leonard, Kristin Morris, and Steven Jebbett present:
Essence of Character – curated by Lauren Pond
October 30th – November 28th, 2020

Virtual Tour – click here

Conversations & Coffee (online) – December 3rd – Kristin Morris

Virtual Gallery – see below

Three artists – Kristin Morris, David Leonard, Steve Jebbett – with three distinct yet, somehow complimentary, styles fill the Main Gallery with vibrantly colored, thought-provoking, humorous, and sometimes disturbing artworks in clay, watercolor, pen and pencil, and mixed media.

2020-2021 Main Gallery Exhibition Schedule


January 10 – February 15

Originally inspired by the skeletal remains of animals, Connie Campbell has evolved an approach to sculpture in wood and metal that follows systematic mathematical ratios from the “Golden Section.” Complexity arises naturally from simple forms

Does this matɔh?

February 21 – July 4

How do the items we surround ourselves with reflect our personal aesthetic? In this series of space-specific work, Todd Camp transforms the Cultural Arts Center gallery into four intimate vignettes with painted chairs, couches, and lighting that melt into and become a continuation of the paintings on the walls behind it. Viewers get to ponder their own personal spaces and the importance placed on art and design in their lives.

Art at the Center 2020 - Faculty of the Cultural Arts Center

July 17 – September 12

The Cultural Arts Center’s faculty and staff are featured in this bi-annual exhibition scheduled to coincide with the Columbus Arts Festival.  The Center’s Faculty are all professional artists, many of whom hold advanced degrees in art. Their work covers a wide range of media and styles. Click here to view the online gallery for this remarkable collection of works. 

Sue King

September 18 – October 24

A self-described “outdoorist,” artist Sue King developed a deep passion for camping, hiking and canoeing in early childhood. Much of her textile artwork bears a message of conservation and preservation, inspired by her frequent service as Artist in Residence at numerous National Parks and other public lands.

Kristin Morris, David Leonard, and Steve Jebbett

October 30 – November 28

Three artists – Kristin Morris, David Leonard, Steve Jebbett – with three distinct yet, somehow complimentary, styles fill the Main Gallery with vibrantly colored, thought-provoking, humorous, and sometimes disturbing artworks in clay, watercolor, pen and pencil, and mixed media.

Sharone Putter and Philip Sorensen

January 8 – February 13

The gallery hosts the work of two outstanding artists – CAC Instructor Sharone Putter presents a series of recent lithographs and mixed media drawings celebrating the world of construction. Lawyer and artist, Philip Sorensen, is celebrated in a posthumous exhibition of his work as a sculptor.

The Earth Is Us

March 5 – April 17

Guest Curator, Char Norman, and a dozen invited artists challenge us to think deeply about our relationship with the natural world which sustains all life. What kind of planet do we want to leave for our children? Look for art installations both in the gallery and outside in parks and neighborhoods.

Central Ohio Watercolor Society

April 23 – May 29

The Central Ohio Watercolor Society (COWS) is the region’s preeminent transparent watercolor society – and one of only 3 in the nation. The Cultural Arts Center is host for the group’s 2021 Spring Juried Exhibition. Come enjoy the way these amazing artists portray light and color, whether in realism or abstraction.

Pasos de Arte 2021

June 4 – July 10

Every two years, the Cultural Arts Center teams up with CAPA to explore the richness of Latino culture found across the Columbus Region. This exhibition by exclusively Latino artists brings an amazing body of artworks in many different media and range of themes. In addition to the gallery exhibition, numerous events are planned.

Art at the Center 2021 - Student Show

July 16 – August 21

Students taking studio classes are invited to show the best of their work, and demonstrate the amazing range of artistic possibilities within the Cultural Arts Center. Enjoy an outpouring of work from our nine studios, in media as diverse as acrylic, watercolor, oils, stone, ceramics, fiber, ink, and so much more. You’ll be inspired to sign up for a class yourself.

Elaine Fleck

August 27 – October 2

Artist Elaine Fleck presents a selection of mixed media works that merge fabric and oils into unique representations of the human figure, landscapes, and still life. The exhibition is a rich blending of textures and vibrant colors that focus on nature and how humans are an integral part of it.

Art and Jazz

October 8 – November 13

Visual artist, Karin Dahl, and composer, Chris Berg, explore how art and music combine to enhance meaning, showing that music plus art is more than either medium alone. The exhibit will include abstract paintings accompanied by original musical compositions. The artists will be joined for the opening by Ucelli: The Columbus Cello Quartet.

Out of Tunes

November 19 – December 31

Artist Brian Riegel takes reclaimed musical instruments and morphs them into fantastical mixed media sculptures. Most of these instrument sculptures are Steampunk/Dieselpunk inspired, and are bound to make you wonder what you might create from that old clarinet or trumpet that’s been hiding in the back of your closet.

2022 Exhibition Schedule TBA

Gallery Proposal Guidelines

The Main Gallery comprises approximately 2800 sq. ft. We feature several types of exhibits – invitational shows, theme shows, and responses to an open call to individuals artists, artist teams and arts organizations. Requests for proposals are sent out periodically through a variety of opportunity notices. Proposals may be sent at any time to the address below, and they will be considered in the next review cycle. We typically schedule exhibitions 12 to 18 months in advance.

We have a set of comprehensive guidelines for artists interested in being featured the Main Gallery:

To find out more about our Main Gallery exhibitions and space, contact the Cultural Arts Center now!