Grove City Council’s Art Concern presents “A Ballad of Familiar Faces,” a collection of portraiture artwork by the late Robert L. Hummel (1947-2019), on display through Friday, Sept. 13 at City Hall, 4035 Broadway, in historic Grove City Town Center. Family and friends are invited to gather, enjoy his art and share memorable stories of “Cowboy Bob” at a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8.
Raised in Grove City and a 1965 graduate of Grove City High School, Hummel attended Ohio University and graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design. Hummel’s professional career spanned 30 years at The Ohio State University working as a graphic designer and teaching the subject to medical illustration and communication students.
Hummel enjoyed creating lasting memories through his portraiture work, including those of pets, caricatures and renderings of buildings.
Not only was he well known for the incredible likeness of his art to its subjects, he was equally accomplished in music. Hummel began singing and entertaining in his teens and gained quite a bit of celebrity with his band Rainbow Canyon’s hit, “Franklin County Woman,” recorded in 1977. With his beloved hometown always in his heart, Hummel often referenced Grove City in his music and recordings. Recruiting his wife JoAnn to join the show in later years, “Cowboy and Jojo” continued entertaining for 20 years.
Members of the Grove City Council are proud to sponsor The Art Concern which features artists throughout Grove City and central Ohio. The Art Concern was created for the expressed purpose of promoting culture in the Grove City community.
We invite you to visit each exhibit, in City Hall, 4035 Broadway, in the Grove City Town Center. City Hall is open, for the exhibit, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors can schedule an appointment by contacting Tami Kelly at 614-277-3065.
Interested in exhibiting your artwork? Contact Curator Dean Kette or Tami Kelly, Clerk of Council for more information.
In Memorium: Special thanks to founder and curator of the Art Concern, Ray Kline, for his years of dedicated service to the Grove City cultural arts community.