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Concourse Gallery – Here & There – Permanent Collection

December 12

Permanent Art Collection - Charles Csuri

On view December 12-30
Reception December 12 5-7 pm

View works from the permanent collection in an exhibition curated by artist Duncan Snyder. 

At present, the collection is comprised of more than 100 works of art. Earlier this year, when the collection was last appraised, its value stood at more than $286,000. Several of the oldest pieces have seen the most dramatic increases in value: works by Sid Chafetz, Ann Dewald, John Freeman and Gene Friley have doubled or tripled in value since they were purchased by the city.

It should be pointed out that works of art have entered the city’s permanent collection in a variety of ways: some as outright purchases by the city, but many have been obtained through purchase grants from foundations or as gifts from private citizens or artists. In fact, over the forty plus years since the collection was initiated, the city has spent on average less than $500 per year. On the most basic, monetary level, the permanent collection has provided good returns for the community; in much the same way, Upper Arlington’s permanent collection demonstrates that our community values the arts.

The city began to purchase work in 1976, after the completion of the “new” municipal center in 1973. Just as a well maintained house and yard proclaim pride of ownership, beautified public spaces proclaim that ours is a city with resources, a city that takes care of itself.  The ongoing collection of original art is not only part and parcel of Upper Arlington’s civic pride and cultural heritage; it is a fulfillment of the city’s belief that the arts improve the quality of life for the residents of Upper Arlington.


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Concourse Gallery & Arlington Hall
3600 Tremont Rd
Upper Arlington, OH 43221 United States
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