Join us for the Heart Art fundraiser to help fund Columbus non-profit Sam’s Fans. Sam’s Fans is dedicated to supporting and enhancing music and art therapy programs that serve seriously ill children and their families.  The event will include live music, food, an art auction and wine tasting.

Artwork Submission

Artwork Drop Off is Saturday, October 20th, 9 a.m.-noon. 

All Columbus area students (K – 12) are eligible to submit artwork
for the Heart Art Fundraiser, held at Picassos on Nov 15th. 

Work of any media in 2D or 3D will be accepted.

Maximum 1 entry per category (2D or 3D)

Two entries maximum per student (one 2D category, one 3D category)

Students whose works are included in the fundraiser will receive 2 free tickets for the event and a printed book containing the collection of works from the show. 

Students must be accompained with an adult the night of the event.


Artwork Drop Off until Oct 25th.

Oct 25th, works will be juried by our local artist panel

Week of Nov 5, selected artists will be notified via email

Nov 15, 6-9 p.m. Heart Art Fundraiser Event at Picassos, featuring food, live music, and auctioning of artwork. A book containing the collection of works in the show will also be available for purchase the night of the event.

Artwork Requirements

All entries must be student’s original artwork and have an Identification Label. Entries may not be copied from a published artwork or photograph. Entries must have been created within the past 12 months. All selected artwork will be auctioned off the night of the event. Works may be in any theme or medium. We reserve the right to reject any work for any reason.

Print Identification Labels

All artwork selected will be considered as donated to Sam’s Fans. These auctioned off artworks will help support art and music therapy in children’s hospital

The Jurors

Liz Viering

Liz is a creative professional who has spent the past twenty years working as a fine artist and graphic designer in a career that spans corporate, retail and agency roles. Liz started her own design business, Liz Viering, Ink., in 2014, and brings her unique combination of creative talent and business sense to a number of clients nationwide. When she's not making the world more beautiful through design, Liz loves spending time with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and a cat at their home in Upper Arlington. 

Karen Rumora

Karen Rumora is a professional artist and designer who specializes in landscape oil & encaustic paintings. She cofounded the design consulting company RumoraStudios with her husband Matt in 2012. Karen has a degree in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University and has been designing environments and painting for nearly 30 years.

Her award-winning landscapes are part of many private and public collections. She has been selected for art commissions for the recently rennovated Lima Memorial Hospital and also the award winning retail space, PIRCH. Rumora was also the feature artist for Much Love’s Animal Rescue “Howlywood” Fundraiser in Hollywood, California. She has exhibited at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio and participated in events including Art for Life, Art for Recovery and has been The New Albany Symphony’s Feature Artist. Karen is represented by Art Access Gallery in Bexley, Ohio.

Karen gathers inspiration while on excursions hiking and cycling through the rural Ohio countryside.

Jeremy Rosario Maldonado

Born in Puerto Rico, Jeremy began art studies at the age of 12 at the Escuela Central de Artes Visuales. He holds a BFA in advertising and design from the Columbus College of Art and Design.

His work is characterized by chromatic color intensities created by careful juxtaposition of surface colors placed on complementary hues. The body of work also experiments with mixed media to help create clever graphic approaches that present simple ideas. 

Kelly Walker

After graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design, Kelly began her career working in art restoration. Now she focuses on her passion; teaching art. Her goal is to bring families together through art. She spends countless hours developing projects that use unique materials in different ways so kids and adults cam create in a fun, nurturing environment. She is a teaching artist at Picassos. In her spare time you can find her outdoors enjoying nature, volunteering as a scout mom, organizing school events or creating art with her husband (also an artist) and son.

Bryan Moss

Bryan is a comic artist and painter who currently instructs Saturday art classes at The Columbus College of Art & Design, and works in the Learning Department of the Columbus Museum or Art. Bryan teaches an illustration class at Picassos and is currently working on his own comic book in between painting murals and other artworks.

About Sam's Fans

Sam’s Fans is dedicated to supporting and enhancing music and art therapy programs that serve seriously ill children and their families.  Sam’s Fans was created in memory of Samantha Jane McCarthy who passed away after complications from a bone marrow transplant.  One thing that provided Sam comfort and joy during those long hours in the hospital was Music and Art Therapy.  Sam was an incredibly caring and generous young lady and her family established the foundation to create a legacy for their daughter whose life was cut much too short.  Sam’s Fans currently has programming in four Ohio hospitals and two camps for sick children.  They have given countless musical instruments and art supplies to their partner hospitals and have established a scholarship fund for a music therapy student at Ohio University.

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