Columbus, OH – CASTO announced today that it has signed its first tenant, ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists, at its mixed-use project River & Rich in Columbus’ East Franklinton neighborhood.
“We understand the importance art plays in Franklinton and we’re committed to making sure we do our part in keeping the neighborhood creative, vibrant and diverse. We believe ROY’s mission of supporting emerging artists through exhibition opportunities and education is aligned with our goals of bringing more art to the already bustling neighborhood,” said Brent Sobczak, President of CASTO Communities.
River & Rich inaugurated its commitment of bringing more art to Franklinton by commissioning 16 murals created by local artists, covering 400 feet of construction fences. Once completed, the project will also include large public murals and other various art and items produced by local Columbus artists and makers.
“River & Rich will be a significant contributor to arts and culture in Franklinton. Their commitment to ROY G BIV, especially, is evidence of this commitment. We are very excited to exhibit hundreds of emerging artists annually within our new gallery at River & Rich in Franklinton,” said J.D. Beiting, Board President of ROY G BIV.
ROY G BIV will occupy 2,048 square feet at River & Rich, more than doubling their current square footage is at their Short North Gallery.
“River & Rich offers an incredible opportunity for ROY G BIV. The new gallery will double the square footage of the current Short North location, which will in turn provide more exhibits and educational programming for emerging artists. ROY will add to the already established visual arts and culture institutions in Franklinton, like the Idea Foundry, 400 W. Rich, COSI, Vanderelli Room and Glass Axis, to name a few,” said Haley Kedziora, Gallery Director.
For over nearly 30 years ROY G BIV has been a fixture in both the Short North and Columbus’ arts scene. By moving the gallery to Franklinton, it will bring hundreds of emerging artists to the area. The new gallery is scheduled to open in fall 2018.
CASTO, a fully integrated real estate organization since 1926, is a recognized leader in the ownership, management, acquisition and development of multi-family residences, commercial shopping centers and office buildings. CASTOs growing portfolio currently includes over 23 million square feet of commercial property and over 5,000 residential units located throughout the midwestern and southeastern United States. CASTO is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio and serves a variety of clients from five offices in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio. To learn more about CASTO, visit www.castoinfo.com.
About ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists
ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists (ROY) is an independent, nonprofit art gallery founded in 1989. ROY is best known for presenting innovative contemporary art by emerging artists from around the world. ROY’s mission is to support emerging artists by presenting exhibitions that increase the public’s awareness of the artists’ work, enhance the cultural and artistic diversity, and challenge the boundaries of contemporary art in Central Ohio and beyond. ROY’s vision is to advance the profession of emerging artists and inspire artistic diversity in Central Ohio and beyond.