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.
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.
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.
The Art Academy of Cincinnati is excited to announce that it will be a Host Company at NewCo Cincinnati on July 23, 2015.
This first annual iteration of global event series brings together startup founders with students, investors and young professionals to build next generation of business leaders in Cincinnati. The goal is to bridge the gap between students and young professionals who can help spur future job growth and the startups looking to hire the best and brightest local talent. This one-day event features presentations and office tours of 50 locations, including Art Academy of Cincinnati. Attendees get up close and personal with high-growth companies and arts organizations.
We are very proud to announce this exhibition of Matt Morris, AAC Alumni (’07):
Matt Morris with James Lee Byars
The Perfect Kiss (QQ)* *questioning, queer
May 15 through October 11, 2015 at the Contemporary Arts Center
Throughout his life American artist James Lee Byars (1932-97) framed his work with fugitive notions of questioning and perfection. Personal correspondence became an artistic avenue and his flirtatiousness with German artist Josef Beuys (whom he sent lyrical letters and objects) serves as fodder for an exhibition that is both art and exchange. The perfect kiss (QQ)* is a curatorial and creative undertaking for artist and curator Matt Morris, who will develop an arrangement of works by Byars in conjunction with a number of his own interventions. The exhibition’s title references a 1974 artwork by Byars while also seeking to rekindle the unexpected romance and delicacy within Robert Mapplethorpe’s 1990 exhibition The Perfect Moment.
Typical “welcome to the neighborhood” gifts can come in all shapes, sizes and forms – from a pie or plate of cookies to a fruit basket or even a small potted plant. In rare cases, it can also mean adorning the entry-level walls in a neighbor’s new office building with artwork, as in the case of the Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC), who has done just that for new neighbor Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC).
It was at this time last year (around March) that I took my first tour of the school. I had my mind set on going to Cincinnati State to be a firefighter, and nothing else was even an option. My mom and high school art teacher urged me to visit the school just to see if I’d interested. I came on a tour of the school and absolutely fell in love.