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Deborah Griffing has two degrees from The Ohio State University: a Bachelor of fine Arts in ceramics and Master of Fine Arts in painting. She has been a visiting lecturer at OSU in the Fine Arts Program and has taught through the Ohio Arts Council As a Resident Artist in the Artist in Education program (AIE). Through this program, Deborah worked at Passion Works Studio in Athens, Ohio, where she made art dolls in collaboration with artists with disabilities. In 2005 Deborah joined Goodwill Columbus to develop an art studio for individuals with disabilities. The Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery is now a recognized arts program providing income and support for many artists with disabilities and other barriers. Deborah has shown her work in many galleries including The Dairy Barn Arts Center, the Vern Riffe Gallery, The Zanesville Museum of Art, and the Cultural Arts Center of Columbus. Deborah has won various awards for her work including the prestigious Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowship in 2002 and 2013. She is published as a featured artist in the book, Cold Wax Medium, Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin. Her work is included in the Permanent Collections of The Greater Columbus Convention Center. She has been a keynote speaker at: The Quilt Surface Design Symposium, 2016, The Columbus Cultural Arts Center, 2015, and The Ohio State University, Urban Arts Space, 2013.
When not working with artists with disabilities at the Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery, she works in her studio at home.