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. For more information, contact Kathy Signorino, artist programs director, at kathy.signorino@oac.ohio.gov or 614-728-6140.

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Photo of Jennifer Sowders

Jennifer is a nationally-winning, Northwest Ohio painter. She specializes in watercolor landscapes on Yupo. She is a Signature member of the Ohio Watercolor and an Associate of the American and National Watercolor Societies; on the board of the Fostoria Area Arts Council, a member of the Ohio Art League as well as many local arts organizations. Jennifer is a 1994 BFA graduate from the Columbus College of Art and Design.  

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Kate Spencer

owner

Having settled in Cincinnati 25 years ago after a lifetime of moving around the US from border to border and coast to coast, Kate is a retired college professor of English who has taken up a second career as a quilter, making miniature patchwork quilts for wall hangings and table runners. I have been inspired by the example of my maternal grandmother, Georgia, who also took up quilting in later life and who designed many of her own quilts, and by her mother, Pearle, who created many beautiful works in a variety of textile crafts-quilting, sewing, embroidery, crocheting, and lace-making.

Photo of Brenden M Spivey

The creative process is about instinct. I may walk to my easel with a basic idea of colors I want to use but I let my intuition fuel the engine. The elements and principles of design unintentionally adjust my intentions allowing me to create pattern, texture, balance and harmony. I never want to be limited in my expression. There are already so many boundaries in this world. I find art to be my refuge. I am most at peace when surrounded by paint and brushes.

Photo of Jyotsna Sreenivasan

My new book is These Americans, a collection of short stories and a novella published by Minerva Rising Press. The novella in this collection, “Hawk,” was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize.

My novel And Laughter Fell From the Sky was published in 2012 by HarperCollins.

My short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies.…

Photo of Melanie Stanley

I love color. Color makes me happy. I love its ability to communicate emotion and mood. To transport people. How a dab of blue here or a smudge of yellow over there can suddenly give a painting life.

There is no agenda when I paint. Inspiration comes from a feeling or emotion that I try to convey on the of a canvas or paper. I want to see what happens when paint dribbles down the surface or when two colors come together and mix. I like to layer colors and play with space, I try to let the painting be what it wants to be. 

I paint intuitively and adapt to the painting as it shifts and changes. I stay as flexible and as open as possible so that the painting can have its own life. I try not to interfere too much, because whenI do, the painting becomes overworked and unloved. Then I have to start over again. 

I am drawn to more organic shapes when I paint-no straight or true lines just letting the paint and shapes flow from whatever mood or mode I am in at the time. I like art to say something to the viewer about the artist and maybe a little bit about themselves.

Photo of Craig Staufer

Craig Staufer grew up on a farm in Medina County and currently lives in a restored 1834 Western Reserve home near Lodi, Ohio. Art has been a pursuit of Craig’s his entire life. He studied at Kent State and the University of Akron as well as expanding his skills with many other artists over the years.…

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Kate Stewart

Illustrator

Kate Stewart is an Illustrator, Designer, Crafter, and Photographer – among other things – from North Canton, Ohio. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2020 with her BFA in Illustration. She also has additional concentrations of study in Creative Writing, Graphic Design, and Art Education. She hopes to pursue a career path that includes her pursuit of artistry but that is also rooted in community involvement and the development of arts and culture programs both in schools and for communities.…

Photo of Stephanie Stewart

P31 ART & DESIGN is a Christian, family-run art and design company that was developed as a means to uplift our family’s entrepreneurial spirit. Located in Akron, OH, our team is comprised of a mother-daughter duo with occasional contributions from her sons. We produce handpainted goods including greeting cards, earrings, shopping bags (totes), journals, mugs and art prints. All of our original paintings are also available for sale.

Photo of Nita Sweeney

Nita Sweeney is the award-winning wellness author of the running and mental health memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink and co-creator of the writing journal, You Should Be Writing: A Journal of Inspiration & Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving. A long-time meditator, three-time marathoner, and former assistant to writing practice originator Natalie Goldberg, Nita founded the Facebook group Mind, Mood, and Movement to support mental well-being through meditation, exercise, and writing practice. She also publishes the writing resource newsletter, Write Now Columbus. Nita lives in central Ohio with her husband, Ed, and their yellow Labrador retriever, Scarlet. Go to Nita’s website to download your free copy of Nita’s eBook Three Ways to Heal Your Mind.

Photo of Shannon Lawrence Tackett

Shannon Tackett was born in Frankfurt, Germany and raised in Fairborn, Ohio. He has always enjoyed the arts and being creative. He enjoys drawing, painting, and building things. Shannon has a passion for music and the creative arts and has painted stylized portraits of the like of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, KISS, and Chester Bennington to name a few. He has also been known to build websites, loves graphic design and woodworking, and also enjoys digital music production in his free time.

During the pandemic Shannon created a nonprofit organization called the Art is Love, LLC that provides artists with art supplies to keep them creating artwork and spur creativity during difficult times.

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Anthony Taddeo

Band Leader

Alla Boara seeks to bring recognition and new life to Italy’s diverse history of regional folk music. With modern arrangements variously surprising, playful, mournful, tender, and bewitching, Alla Boara’s dynamic songs move contemporary audiences of all ethnic heritages to treasure their musical roots and consider historical songs’ contemporary cultural relevance.

Photo of Gerardo Teissonnière

Regarded by international critics and audiences as an artist of extraordinary musicianship and rare sensibility since his acclaimed solo recital debut at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., American pianist Gerardo Teissonnière brings to the concert stage an exciting amalgam of the diverse and important musical traditions he represents.

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Zoe Thompson

Assistant Professor

Zoë Brigley (also Zoë Brigley Thompson) is originally from Wales, but has lived in Ohio for 10 years. She is a writer in many genres, an editor, and teacher, and she works as Assistant Professor (0.49) of English at the Ohio State University.

Photo of Mrs. Shirley M. Tisdale

Attended CCAD Columbus Ohio approx. 10 years part time. Started Conservator business 1987. Specialize currently in restoration of antique collectible smalls, mostly bird automatons and Victorian Era toys including mohair toys.

Public display of my bronze sculpture permanent at the Columbus, Ohio Zoo of a goat on fossilized limestone.

Major is sculpture and mixed media conservation.

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Judy Trautman

Founding Chair

Judy Lee Trautman has done art since she could hold a crayon.  Since 2019, it has been a near daily respite from intensive nonprofit work. Professionally, she was a classroom educator for over 40 years, first as a high school French teacher, and then as a part-time technology mentor.  She co-founded the MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio in 2003 with her late husband Woody Trautman.…

Photo of Kerry Trautman

Ohio born and raised, Kerry Trautman’s poetry and short fiction have appeared in various journals, including Midwestern Gothic, Alimentum, The Coe Review, Mock Turtle Zine, Gasconade Review, Slippery Elm, The Fourth River, and Third Wednesday. Her poetry books are Things That Come in Boxes (King Craft Press 2012,) To Have Hoped (Finishing Line Press 2015,) Artifacts (NightBallet Press 2017,) and To be Nonchalantly Alive (Kelsay Books 2020.)

Photo of Mr Nathaniel Brock Underwood

My studio practice typically involves representation of actual observed spaces through analytical and objective questioning. My subjects include figuration, interior scenes, and urban landscapes.

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John Vanek

Author

John Vanek is a physician by training, but a writer by passion.  While practicing medicine for a quarter century, his interest in writing never waned.  Medicine was his wife, but writing became his mistress and mysteries his drug of choice.  He began honing his craft by attending creative writing workshops and college courses.  At first writing solely for himself and his family, he was surprised and gratified when his work won contests and was published in a variety of literary journals, anthologies, and magazines.…