Columbus in Cuba | Cuba in Columbus

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Columbus in Cuba | Cuba in Columbus represents an unprecedented, multi-event, multi-venue group of exhibitions showcasing the work of artists from central Ohio and Cuba. In April 2019, five Columbus artists were among the 200 international artists selected to show work in the renowned 13th Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba. An additional 34 Columbus artists showed their work alongside art from Cuban artists as part of a collateral Biennial exhibition, ConnectArt, in Matanzas. From October 1 to November 15, 2019, artwork from the 39 central Ohio artists who exhibited in Cuba, work from additional Columbus artists, and Cuban artists work will be on display at art institutions, galleries, and public venues throughout Columbus as part of Cuba in Columbus.

ABOUT THE SHOWS

Cuba in Columbus in Columbus
Date: October 1 - November 15, 2019
Locations: art institutions, galleries and public venues across Columbus
Opening reception: October 1, 2019, 5:00 - 8:00pm, with opening words at 6:00pm, Hilton Columbus Downtown

Cuba in Columbus is the result of an organizational collaboration between visionary Cuban curator and artist Lolo Osmany Betancourt and Columbus curator Michael Reese. Reese and Ruthie Newcomer accompanied several groups of artists on trips to Cuba, where the artists fostered connections with Cuban artists. “It has been amazing to see the energy and the connections that have formed between the artists,” Reese says. Five Columbus artists were selected to show works in the 13th Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba, the country’s largest visual arts event, and an additional 34 Central Ohio artists were invited to show pieces alongside work from Cuban artists in ConnectArt, a Biennial collateral exhibit. For Cuba in Columbus, work from all 39 artists, additional Columbus artists, and Cuban artists will be exhibited in the Columbus Museum of Art, Greater Columbus Arts Council’s office, Riffe Center, COSI, Brandt-Roberts Galleries, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Lindsay Gallery, (not) Sheep Gallery, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Sherrie Gallerie, other galleries, and art and business venues. Hilton Columbus Downtown will host the opening. 

Participating central Ohio artists: 

Julie Abijanac
Laura B. Alexander
Jeanie Coy Auseon
Laine Bachman
Christopher Burk
Mark Bush
Mandy Cook
Lisa di Giacomo
Susanne Dotson
Adam Elkins
Barb Fant
Frederick Fochtman
Tripp Fontane
Bernie Frankl
Antonio Gonzales Garcia
Daric Gill
Debbie Griffing
Michael Guinane

Cody Heichel
Judy Hoberg
Sophie Knee
George Leach
Paul Linhares
Mike Major
Kathy McGhee
Cody Miller
Joey Monsoon
Jim Murrin
Nancy Nearing
Eric Rausch and Jen Kiko
Annette Simon
Denise Romecki
Stephanie Rond
Elsie Sanchez
Antoinette Savage
Amy Schuessler

Kathleen Seiler
Michael Seiler
Nancy Smeltzer
Joshua Snowden
Duncan Snyder
Ben Sostram
April Sunami
Tariq Tarey
Barb Vogel
Paul Weyand
Beverly Whiteside
Julie Woodrow
Pam Workman
Wil Wong Yee
Aminiah Robinson
Gretchen Cochran
David Cooke

Participating Cuban artists:

Frank Mujica
William F. Martinez
Marianela Orozco
Alexis Leyva Machado (Kcho)
Manuel Moreno P and Rachel Moreno
Alain Martínez Menéndez
Rene Pena
Dariel Lozano Perez
Sandra Ramos
Samuel Riera
Adrian Rumbaut
Rene Lopez-Silvero
Pedro Corvajal Sanchez
Jose Ulises Gonzalez Silva
Adrian Socorro
Camilo Villalvilla Soto
Eduardo Miguel Abela Torrás
Agustina Ponce Valdes
Manuel Hernandez Valdes
Vladimir Rodríguez Sánchez
Andres Bazabe
Reinier Avila Losada
Arbelio Fontes Rodriguez
Jose Antonio Medina Soto
Juan Carlos Vazquez Diaz
Sandra Cordero
Carmelo Gonzales, Ana Rosa Gutierrez, Aronando Canet, Alfredo Sosbravo

Jorge David Falcon Acosta
Yunior Agular Perdomo
Justo Amable Garrote
Desbel Alvarez
Ares Hernandez Guerrero
Abel Barroso
Irving Torres Barroso
Jose Antonio Montes
Jacqueline Brito
Jorly Gonzalez Contador
Douglas Arquelles Cruz
Luis Alberto Perez Copperi
Jorge Rodriguez Diez (R10)
Jorge Otero Escobar
Alejandro Cordovés Rodríguez
Osmany Betancourt Falcon (Lolo)
Adonis Flores
Alberto Jorge Veloz Fonseca
Jorge Yunior Gutierrez (Salomon)
Pedro Luis Cuellar Evice
Cesar Leal Jimenez
Jennier Sagues Perez-Borroto
Juan Carlos Vazquez Lima
Abel Lopez
Luis Alberto Alvarez Lopez
Santiago Hermes Martinez
Alexander Mayet
Enrique Miralles (Tente)


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13th Havana Biennial in Matanzas Cuba
Dates: April 12 - May 12, 2019
Location: Matanzas, Cuba

The Havana Biennial is Cuba’s largest visual arts event. More than 200 artists hailing from nearly 50 countries participated in this year’s 13th Havana Biennial. While the inaugural Biennial spotlighted artists of Latin America and the Caribbean, subsequent events included artists from countries around the world. One of the guiding principles of the 13th Havana Biennial, with a general theme of “Construction of the Possible,” was to encourage interaction between artists, curators, art experts, and institutions. For the first time, the Biennial extended beyond the city of Havana. For the 13th Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba, five Columbus artists showed work in Intermittent Rivers, an official Biennial art project from Artistic Director Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. 

Participating Columbus artists: 

Laura Alexander
Cody Heichel
Aminah Robinson
Elsie Sanchez
Tariq Tarey


ConnectArt in Cuba
Dates: April 12 - May 12, 2019
Location: Galeria-Taller Lolo in Matanzas, Cuba

ConnectArt was one of many collateral projects held in conjunction with the 13th Havana Biennial. Cuban curator and artist Lolo Osmany Betancourt hosted ConnectArt, an exhibition of Ohio and Cuban artists, in his gallery Galeria-Taller Lolo, Matanzas, Cuba. The central Ohio artists’ pieces were inspired by their personal visits to Cuba on trips organized by Michael Reese and Ruthie Newcomer, encouraging connections with Cuban artists. Travel from the United States to Cuba was permitted through people-to-people exchanges dedicated to fostering meaningful interaction with the Cuban people. Reese says, “the Cuban art that I am drawn to tells a story. I love stories behind art.”

Participating Central Ohio artists:

Julie Abijanac
Laine Bachman
Christopher Burk
Mark Bush
Gretchen Cochran
Mandy Cook
David Cooke
Alan Cottrill
Adam Elkins
Barbara Fant
Fred Fochtman
Tripp Fontane

Daric Gill
Debbie Griffing
Michael Guinane
Sophie Knee
George Leach
Paul Linhares
Mike Major
Kathy McGhee
Cody Miller
Joey Monsoon
Jim Murrin
Eric Rausch

Stephanie Rond
Antoinette
Savage
Kathleen Seiler
Michael Seiler
Nancy Smeltzer
April Sunami
Barb Vogel
Julie Woodrow
Pam Workman
Wil Wong Yee

Participating Cuban artists:

Santiago Hermes Martínez
José Carlos Chávez Méndez 
Helga Montalván
Alex Montesinos
Dariel Lozano Pérez
Ramón Pacheco Salazar
Frank David Valdés
Manuel Hernández Valdés
Duhamel Xolot

Irving Torres Barroso
Osmany Betancourt Caballero
Alberto Dominguez
Pedro Luis Cuellar Erice
Osmany Betancourt Falcón (Lolo)
Alberto Jorge Veloz Fonseca
Juan Carlos Vázquez Lima
Lázaro Enrique Limonta 
Luis Alberto Álvarez López


THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERs
CUBA IN COLUMBUS
OCTOBER 2019

Jerry Friedman
Rick Gallagher
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Tom Havens
Hilton Columbus Downtown
Ruthie Newcomer
Ohio Arts Council
Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art
Reese Brothers Productions
Jose Rodriguez
Tatiana Rodrigues
Thomas Nickles Project

Jorge David Falcon Acosta
Luis Alcalde
ARTWAY, Inc
City of Columbus
Columbus College of Art & Design
Columbus Cultural Arts Center 
Columbus Museum of Art
COSI
Beth Crane and Richard McGee
Loann Crane
Rob and Shannon Crane
Crane Group
Omar Diaz 
Osmany Betancourt Falcón (Lolo)


THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS
Columbus in Cuba
April 2019

Jorge David Falcon Acosta
Luis Alcalde
Amor Campos
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
Columbus City Council
Columbus College of Art & Design
Columbus Cultural Arts Center
Columbus Museum of Art
COSI
Loann Crane
Rob and Shannon Crane
Crane Group
Omar Diaz
Osmany Betancourt Falcón (Lolo)

Jerry Friedman
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Tom Havens
Hilton Columbus Downtown
Ruthie Newcomer
Ohio Arts Council
Pizzuti Collection of the
Columbus Museum of Art
Jose Rodriguez
Tatiana Rodriguez
Ediciones Vigia
Selene Wendt
Octavio Zaya


The organizations and art community have been very supportive and encouraging. We wish all the names could be listed.

 

ABOUT OUR TEAM

Osmany Betancourt Falcon "Lolo"

Osmany Betancourt Falcon "Lolo", Curator

Osmany Betancourt Falcon "Lolo" was born in 1973, in Matanzas, Cuba. He graduated as a Sculptor and Painter from the National School of Plastic Arts in Havana in 1992 and has been awarded for his ceramics and mixed media sculptures in multiple editions of the Biennial of Ceramics in Havana.

Michael Reese

Michael Reese, Curator and Project Manager

A graduate of Ohio University, Michael has leveraged his extensive travels of Europe, the former USSR, Cuba and America to deliver art solutions for clients. Michael has been able to combine the breadth of his fine art exposure with his expertise in design to create exceptional art collections. Michael is the President of Reese Brothers Productions. 

Ruthie Newcomer

Ruthie Newcomer, Project Manager

Ruthie Newcomer’s personal and professional worlds have been shaped by people, art, and adventure. After a brief career in nursing, Ruthie was the Manager for Court Relations at the Supreme Court of Ohio and also managed the Court’s art acquisition program and art collection. Her current focus is on supporting Cuban and American artists and art enthusiasts interested in Cuba. Ruthie is a passionate about people and adventure.