Fresh A.I.R. Gallery occupies an 1,100-square foot space in the Franklin County offices of Southeast Healthcare. Located downtown between the Short North Arts District and the Franklinton Arts District, and connected with many local social services and healthcare organizations, Fresh A.I.R. attracts a broad community of art enthusiasts. We display an average of six solo exhibitions each year and frequently collaborate with community partners to produce thematic group exhibitions off-site. Recent partners include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Bricker & Eckler LLP, the Columbus Museum of Art, and Art Possible Ohio (formerly VSA Ohio).
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery supports artists through every step of the exhibition process, providing curatorial and installation expertise, assistance with artist statements and artwork pricing, publicity, and community outreach. Through their experiences with us, many individuals develop the resources they need to continue their art careers, as well as their journeys toward healing.
Call for Entries: Creative Resilience
Deadline: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery (Artists In Recovery) is seeking artwork for Creative Resilience, an exhibition addressing the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Selected artworks will be on display at the All People Arts Gallery in Columbus from November 9 – December 18, 2020. Works from the exhibit will also be viewable online.
While the physical toll of COVID-19 is well known, the impact of the current pandemic on mental health has been severe and less discussed: According to the CDC, as of June 2020, 40 percent of American adults reported struggling with substance use or mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and traumatic stress. However, stigma, lack of access to healthcare, and other inequities may prevent people from seeking the help they need.
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery and All People Arts seek to facilitate dialogue about mental health and healing during this challenging time, using art as a catalyst. If you are an artist whose mental health has been affected by the pandemic, or who is creating artwork to help process or cope with current circumstances, we invite you to submit artwork for this opportunity. Each artist may submit up to three pieces for consideration. We also encourage you to reflect on your experiences and include a written narrative with your submission to further community conversation. Please complete the form below and submit your work by the deadline of Thursday, October 15, 2020.
Some questions to consider as you prepare your submission: How has the pandemic impacted your mental health, and how has art helped you navigate or express this? How has your artistic practice or vision changed since the onset of the pandemic? How can art help our community process and heal from the trauma inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Prefer to mail your application? Download the application form here.
Apply for a Solo Exhibition
If you have been affected by mental illness and/or substance use disorders and would be interested in having a solo exhibition at Fresh A.I.R. Gallery, complete the form below and upload images of your artwork. We review submissions year-round and make artist selections every autumn. There is no fee to apply.
Prefer to mail your application? Download a PDF of the application form.