As many of you are now aware, the Columbus arts community lost a valiant and gentle soul this morning with the passing of beloved civic and cultural leader, Denny Griffith. The Wexner Center board and staff express our heartfelt condolences to Denny's wife and “warrior angel” Beth, their son Blake, and their loved ones. And we join Denny’s extended (and extraordinary) family of Columbus College of Art & Design students, faculty and staff—present and past—in mourning his untimely passing, and in celebrating the remarkable legacy he leaves for all of us.
On a more personal note, I’ve delighted in the gift of Denny’s friendship for over 20 years, having met him soon after my arrival in Columbus. He will ever remain in my memory as that all-too rare combination of master, mentor, “mensch.” An irrepressible force—unimaginably compassionate, fiercely loyal, and wickedly funny. A quintessential Midwesterner in his generosity, humility, and huge heart. A man of the world in his cultural curiosity and dexterous diplomacy. A civic leader and culture shaper of keen vision. And an impassioned artist whose life-long joy in the creative process propelled—and in the end—perpetuated his very being. A prince among people and one helluva guy. . .
May he rest in peace,