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.

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From Artist to Entrepreneur

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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.

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MAAE Alumni Exhibition

dougI am pleased to present this exhibition of works by regional artist/educators who earned their Master of Arts in Art Education degree at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Artists: David Buetsche MAAE 2012, Beth Goldstein MAAE 2003, Adrian Hawk MAAE 2011, Kelly Burichin MAAE 2005, Kim Maurer MAAE 2002, Jonathan Juravich MAAE 2011, Melanie Hart MAAE 2000, Doug Davis MAAE 2007
Works in a variety of media including: painting, sculpture printmaking, collage, and assemblage are represented in the exhibition.

June 16 Exhibition opens to public (gallery hours are 9-5
June 27 Final Friday Artists Reception 5-8:00 pm

July 11th Exhibition closes 5:00pm

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