Feb 16, 2020


10 Questions with Laurie 2/16/2020

Laurie VanBalen is an energetic force for art. She lives in Pataskala, (OH) located in Licking County near Columbus. 

Feb 16, 2020


Cleveland.com Shaker Heights Exhibit

The Columbus Crossing Borders Project, which explores the refugee experience through the work of 34 artists and includes a documentary by Ohio filmmaker Doug Swift, is coming to Shaker Heights.

Feb 05, 2020


Patch.com Shaker Heights Exhibit

The Columbus Crossing Borders Project will come to Shaker Heights on Feb. 26-27. The project sheds light on the refugee experience through the work of artists and a documentary filmmaker.

Sep 14, 2019

Article on website

Margaret W Wong & Associates, LLC

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, we went to the Gallery at Lakeland Community College where we attended a reception, for which Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC was a vital contributor, regarding the Columbus Crossing Borders Art project where we viewed an art exhibit and watched a screening of the documentary film “Breathe Free” produced in connection with the project.

Oct 11, 2018

Westerville Education Foundation

Columbus Crossing Borders Project Viewed by Some 3,000 in the Westerville Community

Approximately 3,000 people recently were able to view the Columbus Crossing Borders Project (CCBP), thanks to a new collaborative venture to bring the exhibit to the community.

Aug 15, 2018

This Week Community News

Four education organizations that support the Westerville City Schools are partnering on a project called Westerville Crossing Borders.

Jun 26, 2018

WCPO Cincinnati

WCPO News Clips

News coverage of the The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center exhibit by 9 On Your Side WCPO Cincinnati, OH

Jun 11, 2018

Columbus Dispatch

Children’s mural at Pataskala pool meant to erase borders, promote unity

When people see the African giraffe, the sun from Uruguay’s flag, the Bhutanese poppies and the Syrian woodpecker painted on a mural at the Pataskala Community Pool, artist Laurie VanBalen hopes they see the potential for central Ohio to become a global community.

Aug 10, 2017

The Columbus Dispatch

Film 'Breathe Free' highlights emotion in the experiences of refugees

"When you talk about refugees, what you're really talking about are people who have no other choice"

May 10, 2017

Newark Advocate

Artists shine light on stories of refugees

PATASKALA - The Columbus Crossing Borders Project is about forging connections.

Pataskala artist Laurie VanBalen pulled together 34 different artists for the upcoming travelling exhibit. Using the stories of refugees, the various artists created individual works that "cross" their canvas borders, with interconnecting elements moving from one painting to another to form a 34-piece collage.


May 15, 2017

This Week

Exhibit, film to focus on immigrants' stories

What began as a local artist's idea for a small exhibit about refugees and immigrants in Central Ohio has grown into a 34-artist traveling exhibition with an accompanying documentary film.

Oct 25, 2017

University School of Nashville 10/25/2017

Art exhibition shares immigrants’ perspective

A traveling exhibit of artwork shares the experiences of refugees on canvas. Opening reception is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 in the Tibbot Gallery.

Experience a visual tribute to resilience, strength, and courage in “The Columbus Crossing Borders Exhibit” on display in the Tibbott Center Gallery Thursday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 3. 

Nov 06, 2017

Nashville Arts Magazine 10/25/2017


The University School of Nashville will be hosting an exhibit as a visual tribute to the resilience, strength, and courage of those who have survived incredible hardship within the immigrant community.

The traveling exhibit comes from Columbus, Ohio and will be in Nashville for a two-day event on Nov. 2-3, 2017. The exhibit will present paintings by 34 artists along with an opportunity to view the documentary film Breathe Free by filmmaker Doug Swift.

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