Walter Herrmann

The Founder of AAAO, and Main Admin Team Member

Walter L. Herrmann was born in Pennsylvania and is strongly influenced by the nature surrounding him during his childhood, as evidenced in his organic style of art. His solo exhibitions are typically large bodies of work with underlying environmental themes.

For Reef, Walter created an underwater coral reef of clay, bronze, and stone that filled the 2,000 square-foot gallery at the Cultural Arts Center. As visitors walked among the art they were invited to move individual pieces of the brightly colored coral reef. Photos were taken throughout the evening as artworks were moved or purchased and carried away, documenting the effect humans have on their environment. The disastrous 2010 BP oil spill occurred just days before the reception for Reef, culminating in a timely environmental commentary.

Harvested Earth was a massive earthworks project created in the brick courtyard of the Cultural Arts Center. This earthwork used materials completely harvested from nature, and ultimately created a micro-environment used by animals as shelter in downtown Columbus. The project occurred over a three-month period when the City of Columbus was not picking up yard refuse due to budget cuts.

Infestation manifested as an installation for one day only, contrasting the permanence of the pieces against the temporary environment in which they were showcased. Visitors were given the location of the installation at midnight the day before, which was installed without the knowledge of the hosting organization. The swarms of visitors served as a commentary on overpopulation and the interruption of humans in the environment.

People are bombarded with information to the point that social problems lose meaning. Walter uses his art to re-introduce these issues to the public in a fun and interactive way, and to bring them back into the consciousness of those who experience his work. For more information on Walter L. Herrmann please visit his website,

Walter’s curriculum vitae can be found under the Notes section of his Facebook page.

Walter L. Herrmann : Founder of The Art and Artists of
Amy Leibrand : Administrator for The Art and Artists of
Lisa M. McLymont : Administrator for The Art and Artists of
Chad Cochran : Administrator for The Art and Artists of


Amy Leibrand

i am an excellent death // 2013

Main Admin Team Member Amy Leibrand, known online as @_thisspace_, describes her work as haunting, yet feminine, considering herself a manipulator of images, not a photographer. Her work in digital, film, and mobile genres has gained international attention through exhibits at the Bastille Design Center (Paris), Berlin Foto Festival, Lunch Box Gallery (Wynwood Arts District, Miami), Black Box Gallery (Portland), Soho Gallery for Digital Art (NYC), and Columbus Museum of Art. Amy has been featured in many publications, most recently the French print magazines Backlight and Réponsés Photo. In addition to her two-dimensional work, Amy also builds mechanical, interactive wood constructs that incorporate her images. She is actively involved in the Columbus arts community in both curatorial and artistic roles, and is the founder of EXPOSURE: A Mobile Photography Exhibition. To see more of Amy’s work, visit

Lisa McLymont

Main Admin Team Member

Lisa McLymont is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer, educator, and passionate community arts volunteer. Active in the Columbus arts scene,  Lisa has a studio at tacocat collective, and is a member of CAW, Creative Women of Color, and the Ohio Art League. Artistically, Lisa’s subjects of interest in both art and design center on visual harmonies, textures, and natural imagery.

In her art, Lisa utilizes varied materials and methods and is often known to incorporate copper wire and found materials onto wood panel. As a designer, Lisa is a focused & responsible team worker, and most comfortable in an ever-changing, creative environment.

Chad Cochran

Main Admin Team Member

Chad Cochran was born and raised in the small town of Fredericktown, Ohio. Wanting nothing more than to escape his rural upbringing, Chad attended Bowling Green State University and eventually made his way to Columbus. Missing the connection to small town life, Chad began taking photographs of the rustic landscapes that surrounded him as a child. His fascination with decaying barns, homes, and vintage signs provides him with the connection to the small town he grew up in. Chad currently resides in Cleveland (Bay Village), Ohio.
Rural and Scenic Photography (Barns, Vacant Homes, Rural Landscapes, Vintage Signs and Cars) @cochran_photo
Instagram @cowtownchad

Crystal Tursich

419 Admin team!

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Untitled (Green Fence)
January 10 2014
Archival Pigment Print
20″ x 24″

Backyard Series: Birdhouse
September 30 2013
Archival Pigment Print
20″ x 24″

Crystal Tursich is an artist currently living and working in Columbus, Ohio. Working primarily in photography, much of her new work draws on memory and emotion while incorporating self-portraiture. Crystal recently finished graduate school as part of Columbus College of Art & Design’s inaugural class of MFA candidates and received a BFA from Adrian College in 2005. An active member of Ohio Art League, Crystal serves on both the Programming and Membership Committees for this organization. She also holds memberships to Roy G Biv Gallery, Society for Photographic Education, and College Art Association. Crystal currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Columbus College of Art & Design.