The Ohio Artist Registry (OAR) is an exciting opportunity for artists to share their work, connect with the creative community, and establish an online presence—all on a free, virtual platform! The OAR encourages artists working in all art forms, throughout Ohio and beyond,  to create a profile, which allows them to better promote themselves and their work. Being listed in the OAR provides artists with new opportunities to share their work with clients, galleries, patrons, and audiences. A listing in the OAR does not confer an endorsement, approval, or verification by the Ohio Arts Council.
For more information, contact Kathy Signorino, artist programs director, at or 614-728-6140.

2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Kelly Dawson

Website: Kelly Dawson Art


Kelly Dawson is a self-taught artist who was born into the world of auto racing.  She made a career in the sport for a number of years.  Always attracted to the color, lights and fanfare of the sport more than the sport itself.  When the tragedies that would happen at the track became too much, she gave up that world to devote her time to her art.

Artist Statement

I am a frustrated singer/songwriter.  Unable to sing in key and having no musical ability, I convey my love of music in my art.  Bright colors, a 3/4 full attitude, hidden and not so hidden messages give most of my mixed media sculptures and paintings a comical, folksy feel.  A music festival for your eyes!