2023 Great Ohioans
(Columbus, Ohio) –The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation announce the commission of an artwork to recognize the accomplishments of Ohioans in space. Artist Bill Hinsch was chosen to create a new painting for the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda.

The painting will honor Ohioans in space. Ohioans have achieved many firsts in flight and in space exploration. Twenty-five NASA astronauts were born in our state, and many Ohioans have advanced space technology in supporting roles. The painting pictures astronauts John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell and Judith Resnik, four of the Ohio astronauts noted for real firsts. An image of Flight Director Gene Kranz of Toledo represents the engineers and scientists without whom space travel would not be possible. Their spacecraft, the moon and the Earth are part of the artwork.

The choice of Bill Hinsch to paint the picture was announced at the CSRAB board meeting this week. Hinsch is from Hicksville, and now lives in Perrysburg, Ohio. Hinsch started creating art in the newspaper and magazine fields. Some of his painted portraits hang in the Air Force Museum in Dayton and the Pentagon. He also creates Learning Maps to illustrate health and education.

The artist was selected by an art committee appointed by then-Speaker of the House Robert Cupp, when he was chair of CSRAB. The art committee is chaired by Charles Moses, of the Capitol Square Foundation, and committee members include Aristotle Hutras, Richard Hillis, Donna Collins, Kelly Falcone-Hall, Jim Dicke, Vincent Keeran, Brad Young, Tom Katzenmeyer, Paul Thomarios, Michael Hall and Stephanie McCloud. The committee reviewed the initial 36 responding artists and narrowed the list to a group of three finalists. They presented Bill Hinsch to the CSRAB board for approval.

“This artist’s vision of honoring Ohioans who have gone above and beyond exceeded the hopes of the committee,” said Charles Moses, chair. “This commissioned artwork, the first in 66 years, will be a fitting addition to the historic Ohio Statehouse – a celebration of four Ohioans’ remarkable firsts in space exploration.”

The painting will be funded by private donations. The Capitol Square Foundation will oversee the fundraising for the artist’s commission for making the massive painting. More details are available on the Foundation website,

The painting is scheduled to be unveiled in 2024. It will be the first major painting commissioned for the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda since 1957. The last painting hung in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda was “Wilbur and Orville Wright and Their Accomplishments,” by Dwight Mutchler, unveiled in 1959. The new painting is intended to pair with this nine-foot by 12-foot artwork, and will be hung facing the Wright brothers picture on the opposite wall in the East stairway of the Rotunda. The permanent display will remind Ohio Statehouse visitors that brave Ohioans reach for the stars.

Astronauts Recognized with the Great Ohioans Award

At the same meeting, CSRAB announced the recipients of the 2023 “Great Ohioan Award.” The individuals were selected from nominations submitted by citizens and organizations from across Ohio.

The 2023 Great Ohioan awardees are astronauts Jim Lovell and Judith Resnik.

Jim Lovell, a pioneering astronaut in NASA’s Gemini and Apollo programs, is the first to fly into space four times, and the first to fly to the moon twice, although he did not walk on the moon. He was commander of the Apollo 13 mission, when he said, “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” After overcoming the emergency situation, the Apollo 13 crew returned safely to Earth. Lovell was born in Cleveland, Ohio.


Judith Resnik, born in Akron, Ohio, was an astronaut, pilot and engineer. She was part of the first NASA astronaut group to include women. She flew on Space Shuttle Discovery, and was a crewmember on the Space Shuttle Challenger when it exploded in 1986.


“Ohio is recognized as being the first in flight, and the people of Ohio are very proud of the firsts in space made by Ohioans. These awards and this painting recognize the famous Ohio astronauts who made historic advances in space exploration in the face of incredible danger,” said Senator Kirk Schuring, Chair of CSRAB.

The Great Ohioan Award commemorates Ohioans who have played a significant role in an event or series of events of lasting significance in world, American or Ohio history. To be selected for the Great Ohioan Award, the nominee must have resided in Ohio for a minimum of five years. In addition, at least 25 years must have passed since the event in which the nominee participated is being commemorated.

Since 2003, 57 Great Ohioans have been recognized with the award for the special roles they played in history.

“The bravery of these astronauts is remarkable,” said Laura P. Battocletti, CSRAB executive director. “Both went above and beyond in advancing our frontiers in space. The Ohio Statehouse Museum is an appropriate place to remember their stories.”

Great Ohioans Exhibit

The Ohio Statehouse Museum exhibit allows visitors to have a greater understanding of the recipients of the Great Ohioan award and discover how they affected local, national and world history. The exhibit uses videos, photos, facts and web based technology to explore the life and legacy of each Great Ohioan. The Ohio Statehouse Museum is open every day of the week, but closed on state holidays.

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In Memory of Representative Kris Jordan
In honor of the life and service of State Representative Kris Jordan, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Delaware County and at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes Tower today, and will remain until sunset on the day of his funeral. All other public buildings throughout the state may fly the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio at half-staff.

State Room at the Ohio Statehouse
(COLUMBUS, OH) — Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The business meeting will be held in the State Room (room #108) and will begin at 3:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda is available upon request.

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Bryan Moss, artist
(Columbus, OH)—The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will celebrate Black History Month with two free presentations in February. A storyteller and a comics artist will each give a 45-minute program at noon concluding with a question and answer session. The events will be live in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse. The presentations are planned to be livestreamed on

The programs are free and open to the public. If you or your organization would like to schedule a group to attend a presentation, please contact Katie Montgomery at 614-728-3726 or

Scheduled 12:00 p.m. presentations include:

Feb. 14 – “Of Memory and History: An Affrilachian Storyteller Speaks Again” by Lyn Ford
Humor and heart are rooted in our families’ storytelling traditions. Culture, stories and folktales are shared by one of Ohio’s Affrilachian storytellers and authors, Lyn Ford.

Feb. 28 – “Bryan Moss: Visual Artist and Comics Creator”
Bryan Moss grew up on Columbus’s south side, and became interested in art at an early age. Now a professional artist, comics creator, and art instructor, he’ll be speaking about the important role mentorship played in his life and how he mentors aspiring artists today.

About Lyn Ford:

Lyn Ford [pictured above] is an award-winning storyteller and teaching artist based in Columbus, Ohio. Her performances are related to her experiences of Affrilachian culture and family stories. She is a performer at storytelling festivals in Canada, Hawaii, Australia, Ireland, and across the United States. Lyn is the author of storytelling magazine articles, poetry and books.

About Bryan Moss:

Bryan Moss is an artist and comics creator in Columbus, Ohio. Growing up on the South Side of Columbus, he was introduced to art through his childhood rec center, taking him on a journey that would lead him all the way to the Columbus Museum of Art, which now has two of his paintings in their collection. In this talk, he considers how mentorship played a role in his art career and how he utilizes mentorship in his own practice to help other artists further their careers.

Capitol Café at the Ohio Statehouse

In honor of the Black History Month presentations, HouseTaco will offer Statehouse guests 20% off all menu items on Tuesday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 28. Customers may order $5 minimum online at with promo code BHM. HouseTaco is located in the Capitol Café on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse.

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Half-staff flags in Ohio
In remembrance of the victims of the shooting in Monterey Park, California, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio until sunset on January 26, 2023. This is by authority of the Governor of the State of Ohio and in accordance with the order issued by the President of the United States of America.

Tours of the Ohio Statehouse
Your visiting friends and family may be interested in a free tour of the Ohio Statehouse.

Guided tours of the Ohio Statehouse tours are available on weekdays on the hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and on weekends on the hour from noon-3 p.m., with the exception of state holidays and specific events.

The Statehouse will be closed on the following days:
December 25-26 Christmas Holiday
January 1-2 New Year’s Holiday

Guided tours will be unavailable on the following days:
January 5-9 Governor’s Inauguration

For any questions regarding guided tours of the Statehouse, or to schedule a private tour for groups of 10 or more, please call Katie Montgomery at 614-728-3726.

Half-staff flags at the Ohio Statehouse
In honor of the life and service of Wyandot County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel J. Kin, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Wyandot County and at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes Tower today, and will remain until sunset on the day of his funeral.

All other public buildings and grounds throughout the state may fly the flags at half-staff at their discretion for the same time.

Flags at half-staff in Ohio
In honor of the lives lost on December 7, 1941 in the attack on Pearl Harbor, and in accordance with orders from the President and the Governor of Ohio, the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio from midnight to midnight on December 7, 2022.
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