Some very happy grant and award news to start 2016, including a major grant for our Film/Video Studio Program and well-deserved honors for a few of our community partners.
CARDINAL HEALTH CHIEF FLIES HIGH
George S. Barrett, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cardinal Health
Kudos to Cardinal Health Chairman and CEO George Barrett for the news that he’ll receive the Ohio Arts Council Governor’s Award for Arts Patron this year! We are proud to have joined with colleagues at ProMusica Columbus, Opera Columbus, CAPA, The Columbus Foundation, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in nominating Barrett for this award, to be presented at a luncheon ceremony at the Columbus Athenaeum on May 18, held as part of Arts Day. Under his leadership, Cardinal Health has generously supported the Wex and a host of other arts organizations over the years with a particular focus on arts education, and last year he co-founded the Performing Arts Innovation Fund to support the Columbus Performing Arts Prize. A musician himself, Barrett also serves on several boards, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s; in the January issue of Columbus Monthly, he’s called “a renaissance man” by an unnamed business leader, a “star” by another. (The magazine writes that “you begin to wonder if a screaming horde of fans follows him around Columbus.” This award ceremony could be boisterous.) Congratulations as well to Wex partner David Brown of Harmony Project—another bright light in the city—who deserves and will receive the Community Development & Participation award that day; we partnered with Brown and Harmony for the theater show The Events last season, and Harmony opened for Natalie Cole here the season prior.
WARHOL FOUNDATION WEIGHS IN
Multiple Studio residency artist Jennifer Reeder and Studio editor Mike Olenick at the Wex in the fall, discussing the “anatomy of an edit.”
New York-based Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts recently announced a two-year, $100,000 grant for our Film/Video Studio and its residencies—a first for our little Studio that could! On the heels of our the Studio's 25th year and last season’s Picture Lock series celebrating that milestone, we are honored by this recognition from such a respected national funder. The Foundation’s support will help us continue to support projects by artists from around the globe in our Studio, a facility that has supported work by hundreds of film and video artists over the years, from Todd Haynes and Miranda July to Ann Hamilton and Bill T. Jones. Work produced here has gone on to win awards at Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, and elsewhere. Filmmaker Jem Cohen calls the facility “a unique oasis,” and Barbara Kruger notes that she “can think of no other program that matches the Wexner Center’s ability to not only show work, but to develop it and actually produce it.” As for the Warhol Foundation? It seeks to “foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process by encouraging and supporting cultural organizations that in turn, directly or indirectly, support artists and their work,” and is especially interested in “work of a challenging and often experimental nature.” Moreover, the Foundation states that it is “committed to the precept that the arts are essential to an open, enlightened democracy.” Hear, hear, Warhol Foundation. We support that notion.