Top Spots: 10 of the best art galleries in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — While some may dismiss Ohio as fly-over country and others may think Columbus is just an overgrown sports-obsessed college town, the capital city boasts one of the most vibrant arts communities in the region.

From abstract art and photography to glass and metalworks and everything in between, Columbus’ arts community creates something for almost every taste. I asked NBC4 viewers what their favorite art galleries in the Columbus area are and here’s what they said:

The Vanderelli Room

Located in the Franklinton Arts District, The Vanderelli Room opened its doors in late 2014 and has been hosting art installations and visual and performing arts ever since. Founder Alicia Jean Vanderelli, a graduate from Columbus College of Art and Design, carefully curates each show featuring creatives throughout Columbus and the surrounding areas. Tap or click here for upcoming shows.

Art Access Gallery

Art Access Gallery started as a consulting business in the early 1990s and has grown into one of the best art spaces in central Ohio. Specializing in a wide variety of original art and sculpture, Art Access Gallery holds multiple shows throughout the year featuring both artists from right here in Columbus and across the country. Tap or click here for information about upcoming shows.

Blockfort

Once an auto parts store, Blockfort is now home to more than 25 of Columbus’ best creatives. Featuring painters, sculptors, performers, makers, designers and more, many of the artists work together to cross disciplines. This weekend, the Of Giants and Men show will open. The exhibit is a four-person indoor mural exhibition featuring nationally recognized muralists David Devenal, Scott Santee, Monster Steve and Malt. Tap or click here for more information about upcoming shows.

Studios on High Gallery

Studios on High Gallery is the oldest artist-owned-and-operated gallery in the capital city. Featuring more than 22 Ohio artists working in ceramics, mixed media, glass, printmaking, painting, wearables and more, the member artists are chosen by jury, with each artist not only helping staff the studio but also creating art on site at the same time. This weekend, Metal Musings by Carole Bucklew opens with an artists reception on Sunday afternoon. Tap or click here for more information about upcoming shows.

Wild Goose Creative

Billing itself as an incubator for artists and other creatives, Wild Goose Creative is the place to go not just to see art, but to experience it. From exhibitions, pop-up shows and classes to performing arts, poetry readings and more, there’s something for everyone at Wild goos Creative. Tap or click here to learn more about upcoming events.

ROY G BIV Gallery

Since 1989, ROY G BIV gallery has showcased innovative, contemporary art from global and local artists. Their curators work to make sure the exhibitions challenge the status quo and encourage viewers to feel, interact and engage with what’s right in front of them. Next month, celebrate the opening of their Franklinton gallery with the ROY Family Reunion Exhibition, featuring ROY artists from 1989 to present day. Tap or click here for more information.

Brandt-Roberts Galleries

If you’re a fan of contemporary art, you need to visit the Brandt-Roberts Galleries. Boasting one of the largest selections of contemporary and post-war art, this gallery in the Short North Arts District features a diverse group of regional and national artists in a myriad of styles. This weekend, check out the abstract exhibition Permutations, featuring the work of Julie Abijanac, Tery Dryden, Kristy Hughes and more. Tap or click here for more information.

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery

The Open Door Art Studio & Gallery works to empower artists with physical and developmental disabilities by offering them a creative space where they can hone their craft, providing individualized support, facilitating community partnerships and more. This weekend, the gallery is hosting the opening reception of This Inspired That, an exhibition of hand-picked art and response pieces. Tap or click here for more information.

934 Gallery

Located in the Milo-Grogan district, 934 Gallery features local, national and international artists with a focus on bringing a fresh perspective to contemporary art. This weekend, they are hosting the 22nd annual Art of Illustration Show, a juried exhibition of work from illustration students at the Columbus College of Art & Design.  The work will remain on display until April 19. Tap or click here for more information.

Columbus Cultural Arts Center

The Cultural Arts Center gives hobbyists, designers, artists, makers and art lovers a place to learn, create and explore everything art has to offer. The gallery features contemporary pieces with an emphasis on emerging artists. They also provide hands-on instruction and other educational opportunities. Right now, you can see the Operation Monarch exhibition, a selection of contemporary art that shares the stories of those affected by substance abuse and explores the role of art through the journey of recovery. Tap or click here for more information.

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