Ohio’s First Love: OAC Featured Artist

Salli LoveLarkin (1937-1999), was a major advocate for the arts as well as an exceptional artist, beloved and recognized through her home state, Ohio. Tapping into various media as forms of expression, LoveLarkin was a visual artist, performer, costume designer, and theater director, in addition to holding three significant leadership positions as a well-respected arts administrator. Over the course of her lifetime, LoveLarkin produced works with a purpose: her mission was to break what she viewed as the elitist underpinnings of contemporary art and to invite the public to engage with politically-minded art, free from academic or artistic intimidation. Salli LoveLarkin was the recipient of several regional grants and awards including the prestigious Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts, given annually by the Ohio Arts Council. POBA features examples of more of Salli LoveLarkin’s works.