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Combing Columbus: Photogenic Drawings For the Bicentennial

Mary Jo Bole

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A Columbus sculptor, printmaker, and bookmaker, Mary Jo Bole is creating a commemorative book about Columbus. While attuned for historical detail, Bole is working throughout the year to produce 36 drawings and paintings of Columbus. The public component of her project will be a steady stream of the historical images of Columbus she has unearthed—ranging from the profound and moving to the absurd—through her extensive research. At the end of the year, the drawings will be published in a contemporary version of a commemorative tome: an artist's book with images and notes on Columbus's past and present filtered through her idiosyncratic vision of the city she calls home. Copies of her book will be placed in all branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

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Artist / Author Mary Jo Bole