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Medici stays ‘In Touch’ with Ohio Arts Council

“In Touch” is the latest exhibition brought to Medici Museum of Art through its relationship with the Ohio Arts Council.

Curated by Megan Young, the exhibition features the work of 13 Ohio-based artists.

“It’s in response to emerging from the pandemic and being in unison with one another again, physically being together again,” said Katelyn Amend-olara-Russo, executive director of Medici.

The exhibition initially was displayed at OAC’s Riffe Gallery in Columbus, where it opened in March.

According to the press release for that opening, Young took into consideration how pandemic-induced distance and absence was reflected within the artists’ work through sensation, physicality and interpersonal connection.

Participating artists are Hala Abubaker, Kate Budd, April D. Felipe, Amber N. Ford, Kate Hampel, Elaine Hullihen, Yusuf Dubois Abdul Lateef, Rebecca Nava Soto, Pipo Nguyen-duy, Sarah Paul, Lo Smith, Laura Swedenborg and Britny Wainwright, and it includes a wide range of media.

Budd’s small bronze sculptures are inspired by her childhood in Scotland. Nguyen-duy is an Oberlin-based photographer born in Vietnam who created his images by visiting the same 64-square-foot hotel room in Vietnam over several years and photographing what he could see through its large window. Wainwright is a sculptor whose work incorporates ceramics and fiber and is influenced by domestic spaces and feminism.

It includes a video installation and projections on fiber works large enough that visitors can walk through them.

With its expansive galleries and high ceilings, those larger works are well-suited to the Howland museum.

“How they translate here is wonderful in this space versus the Riffe, which is compact,” Amendolara-Russo said.

In addition to the appeal of the subject matter, there were practical benefits to hosting “In Touch” as well. Earlier this year, Medici displayed the OAC’s Biennial show, and by booking the two back-to-back, the local museum was able to pick up the current work in the same trip that it returned the Biennial selections, which reduced the shipping/transportation costs.

Medici will display a printmaking exhibition from the OAC later this year, and the feedback from the collaborations has been positive.

“The Biennial was well received and the artists, especially the ones in northeast Ohio like getting that exposure here at the museum,” Amendolara-Russo said.

“In Touch” will be on display through July 1, and details still are being finalized for a closing reception.

If you go …

WHAT: “In Touch”

WHEN: On display through July 1. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

WHERE: Medici Museum of Art, 9350 E. Market St., Howland

HOW MUCH: Admission is free. For more information, go to medicimuseum.art or call 330-856-2120.

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