Ken Henson Speaks at Scientiae 2015

Earlier this summer, Ken Henson, AAC Associate Professor and Head of Illustration, spoke at Scientiae 2015, at Victoria College, University of Toronto. This was the fourth annual international conference on the emergent knowledge practices of the early-modern period (1450-1750). The major premise of this conference is that knowledge during the period of the Scientific Revolution was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of practices and objects which had yet to be separated into their modern “scientific” hierarchies. Ken’s paper, “Trancing the Macrocosm: The Influence of Renaissance Alchemical Philosophy on Eclectic Medicine”, is a continuation of his research surrounding the 1895 novel Etidorhpa, written by John Uri Lloyd, founder of Cincinnati’s Lloyd Library and Museum, and illustrated by John Augustus Knapp, who was a professor at the AAC in the late 19th century.

Etidorhpa (1) Ken Henson

Ken’s abstract can be viewed on Scientiae’s website.

More information about Scientiae can be viewed here.


NewCo Conference Comes to Art Academy of Cincinnati

In elementary school, there was nothing quite as exhilarating as a field trip. Nothing beat the excitement of piling into a big, yellow school bus on the premise of learning something new in an environment that didn’t involve the same-old four walls and a desk. Last week, the NewCo conference dusted off this childhood concept, bringing their unique approach to Cincinnati and to the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

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Ken Henson, Brian Rasmussen, Lee Rasmussen, Sisan Lauf, Bob Amott, Janice Flanagan, Dr. Jevin Bove, Nancy Bove

Winner Announced for Annual Shakespeare Competition

Once a year the English-Speaking Union awards a student from the Art Academy of Cincinnati to create a poster promoting their Shakespeare Competition.  “AAC Associate Dean Mark Thomas initiated the program in the early 1990’s. We value collaborating with communities beyond the AAC, and giving our students real professional experiences in the context of coursework. To prepare our Illustration and Design students to be professional artists, we create experiences where they do real work for real clients.” says AAC Professor Ken Henson. Henson supervises the competition that involves interacting with the client, understanding the client’s desires and goals and creating a poster that communicates those goals.  This year AAC student Kane Sargent was the winner, and the runner up was Gina Marrone.

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Gary Gaffney Reflects on Cuba Trip

A group of 11 of us arrived in Havana on May 22 for a 6-day tour built around the 12th Havana Biennial. This extensive exhibition of largely Cuban and Third World art fills the city—its forts, former military installations, galleries, libraries, historic buildings and streets. Even in 6 full days, it was impossible to see everything.

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