John Glenn Airport showcases local man Ed Shrider
COLUMBUS – Lancaster resident Ed Shrider has a captive audience for his black-and-white photographs of Ireland, Scotland and the American southwest.
His exhibit is part of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority’s partnership with the Ohio Art League’s Gateway to the Arts at John Glenn Columbus International Airport. The exhibit will run through April and is situated in a hallway close to the restrooms by Max & Erma’s on the B concourse. That means lots of eyeballs view his work each day.
The works include landscapes, burial sites, castles, stone circles and Native American petroglyphs.
“It’s a wide space and they put extra lighting in for the artwork,” Shrider said. “It took us about four hours to hang and we got 32 pieces up.”
He shot some of the pieces with an infrared digital camera, which adds a unique look to the photos. Shrider took all of the photos within the last eight years and traveled to Scotland specifically to the photos from that country. The southwest photos were in conjunction with work trips to that area.
Shrider shot the southwest and Scottish photos just last year and the photos from Ireland in 2010.
Shrider is a Navy veteran and earned his bachelor of fine arts in photography from Ohio University upon leaving the military.
While he also framed his photos by hand, Shrider shares his talents in photography with others by providing digital print-making services to other artists.
Shrider gets to see his work a lot because his job as a television production engineer has him flying to various locales on a frequent basis. The works have only been up since late January, but Shrider has checked a few times to make sure there are no issues with them.
The airport authority and art league showcase several artists during the year with the Gateway to the Arts program. Shrider said it was a big deal to get accepted into the program.
“The other thing that’s unique about it is the length of time,” he said. “Three months is a good length of time. Literally, tens of thousands of people will come through and see the work through that period of time. So it’s very nice.”
Shrider said the airport is an obvious place to show his work.
“These are travel photographs,” he said. “This is a traveling environment. So it ties in very well with the space that the photographs are in. I”ve got each photograph labeled with where the picture was made and the date. So if people see those photographs, they see that scene, they might want to go and see that themselves. Go visit. So that was part of the whole idea of this show.”
The pieces are for sale and the price is listed underneath them. Viewers can also find Shrider’s contact information by scanning a barcode-like symbol below the photos with a smart phone.
The OAL is a non-profit organization that cultivates and retain artistic talent in the state.
“Teaming up with the Ohio Art League and local artists is beneficial all around,” airport authority president and CEO Joseph R. Nardone said in a statement. “It lets us give our passengers, customers and employees a unique and changing atmosphere at the airport while introducing new audiences to talented local artists.”
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