AmyAbby-lrg

AAC Alumnae Bring Beanbags to a Park Near You

Picture this: Giant. Beanbags. You read that right. This is the vision of Art Academy of Cincinnati grads, Amy Scarpello and Abby Cornelius. And thanks to grant from People’s Liberty, a philanthropic lab devoted to accelerating the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati, soon they’ll be coming to a city park, a bike path or even the lobby of government building near you.

Plop! a project dreamed up by Scarpello and Cornelius, is designed to create engagement and bring an element of whimsy to the city’s public spaces. We recently caught up with Scarpello to chat with her about the project and what life has been like since graduating from AAC.

Continue reading

ww2-60-lrg

Remembering Carson Smith – A Man of Great Distinction

A hero takes many forms. There is the kind that saves lives, the kind borne out of quiet determination and advocacy, and the kind that exhibits bravery in the face of danger or adversity. Then there are those heroes that encapsulate a little of all of the above. Carson Smith was that kind.

Smith, an Art Academy of Cincinnati grad, arts advocate and World War II veteran, died December 1. He was 95.

Continue reading

matt-cac

Matt Morris (AAC ’07) w/ James Lee Byars at CAC

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.

Continue reading

Crop

From Artist to Entrepreneur

[SlideDeck2 id=1851]

Not every school can say they have someone teaching for them that not only is an amazing Instructor, but also a successful entrepreneur; enter Sarah Francis Hollis. She has been teaching with the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s B.F.A and Community Education Departments for the last five years. This past year Sarah has put her artistic talents to the test by starting a wedding business with a twist—Romance and Rebellion LLC.

Inspired by her own Day of the Dead themed wedding, Romance and Rebellion creates handmade, non-traditional, edgy wedding décor. If you have a wedding you’d like to make unique, visit Sarah’s Etsy shop.

Sarah will be teaching Figure Drawing for the Community Education Department at our new satellite location, the Sharonville Fine Arts Center. Be on the lookout for exact dates and times in our fall brochure.

To find out more about Sarah continue after the jump. Continue reading