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Ken Henson Presents at Esoteric Book Conference, Seattle

Ken Henson EBC

AAC Associate Professor Ken Henson was a presenter at The 6th Annual Esoteric Book Conference, which took place at the University of Washington in Seattle last week. His presentation “Alchemy and Astral Projection, Ecstatic Trance in the Hermetic Tradition” was based on his recent book by the same title, which he wrote and illustrated in fulfillment of a 2013-14 Curtis G. Lloyd Fellowship he received from the Lloyd Library and Museum (Cincinnati, OH). At the conference, Ken also exhibited select paintings that were created as illustrations for his treatise.

The Esoteric Book Conference is an annual international event to bring together authors, artists, publishers and bookmakers working in the field of esotericism. In addition to presentations by notable authors and scholars, the conference opens it doors to publishers and booksellers showcasing new & used books as well as rare and hard-to-find esoteric texts. For two days the conference hosts the largest selection of esoteric books under one roof. Contemporary esoteric publishing, finepress book arts and antiquarian texts are offered to augment the libraries of readers, scholars and collectors alike.

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Sarah Hollis Shows at the Contemporary Arts Center

If you haven’t heard the Contemporary Arts Center is having a big year! It’s their 75th anniversary and they are ringing in their exhibition season with the show Memory Palace. We are excited to have one of our Professors, Sarah Hollis included in the exhibition.

Memory Palace highlights “the way our recollections shift actual histories into imperfect, but quintessentially human legacies,” making the show a perfect fit for Hollis’ piece A Novel About All Things I Have Forgotten. In this piece she draws upon memory to create her own poetic memoir. To view Hollis’ piece along with artists Dennis Oppenheim, William Kentridge and Louise Bourgeois—to name a few come, head over to the opening this Friday, September 12th.

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AAC Poetry Series Welcomes Poets Anthony McCann & Megan Martin

The Art Academy of Cincinnati welcomes poet Anthony McCann and poet/fiction writer Megan Martin  for a free public reading of their work at 7:00PM on Wednesday, Sept 3rd in Room N206. This is the first reading of the 2014-15 AAC Poetry Series. The series is sponsored by the Liberal Arts Department.

Anthony McCann was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. He is the author of Thing Music (forthcoming from Wave Books in 2014), ♥ Your Fate (Wave Books, 2011), Moongarden (Wave Books, 2006) and Father of Noise (Fence Books, 2003). In addition to these three collections, he is one of the authors of Gentle Reader!  (2007), a book of erasures of the English Romantics, along with Joshua Beckman and Matthew Rohrer. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the University of California-Riverside’s Palm Desert MFA program. He is the “Poet Laureate” of Machine Project and also teaches courses at the California Institute of the Arts. 

Megan Martin  grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a town constantly plagued by the smells of a cereal factory. Now she lives in Cincinnati with her boyfriend and 3 cats. Her first collection of prose things, Sparrow & Other Eulogies, was released in April 2011 by Gold Wake Press. Her prose have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Caketrain, Action, Yes!, Tarpaulin Sky and elsewhere. She’s the author of the short fiction collection Nevers (Caketrain Journal and Press 2014).  To view more of her work visit The Collagist.
 
In addition to Martin and McCann, current AAC student, Millie Ferguson, and recent AAC graduates, Chloë Bell and Billy Golden, will open the event with readings from their work.
 
Immediately following the reading, there will be a short OPEN MIC for anyone who’d like to share their work, then McCann and Martin will be available to answer questions and sign books. As always, coffee and fresh-baked robots will be available to take the edge off.
Hope to see you at the reading! 
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Faculty Jimmy Baker in State of the Art at Crystal Bridges Museum

Bentonville, Arkansas – On November 11, 2013, the second anniversary of the museum’s opening, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced a major new initiative to discover and exhibit recently created artwork from across the United States. As part of the initiative, museum president Don Bacigalupi and assistant curator Chad Alligood traveled to all regions of the country to visit nearly 1,000 artists in studios and conduct hundreds of hours of one-on-one conversations. Now, planning and research is complete and the museum has selected 102 artists for the resulting exhibition, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Nowdebuting at Crystal Bridges on September 13.

Baker will have a series of eight recent paintings included in the exhibition.

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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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Award Winning poet ADAM FELL reads at the AAC this Thursday, April 17 at 7PM

The Art Academy of Cincinnati welcomes poet Adam Fell for a free public reading of his work at 7:00PM this Thursday, April 17th, in Room N206. This is the second and final reading in the 2013-14 AAC Poetry Series. The series is sponsored by the Liberal Arts Department.

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Adam Fell is the author of Dear Corporation (H_NGM_N Books, 2014) and I Am Not a Pioneer (H_NGM_N Books, 2012), winner of the 2011 Posner Best Poetry Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. He teaches at Edgewood College in Madison, WI, where he co-curates the Monsters of Poetry reading series.

In addition to Fell, AAC Creative Writing students Chloë Bell, Millie Ferguson, Billy Golden, Hannah Hersko and Sam McCormick will open the event with readings from their work.

Immediately following the featured event, there will be a short open mic for anyone else who’d like to share their work, then Adam will be available to answer questions and sign books. As always, coffee and fresh-baked roller skates will be available to take the edge off.

See links below to some poems from Adam’s new book Dear Corporation, which American Microreviews describes as devoting, “itself to an idea that Corporate Personhood—our Dear Corporation—carries out its investments, its conflicting strategies of selling junk and earning trust, within any one of us. It is a sympathetic idea, gently pushed at times, at other times more insistent, that transforms Dear Corporation into a remarkable protest, one that, by getting at the difficulties of acceptance, even forgiveness, cautiously offers clues for carrying the fight forward.”

DEAR CORPORATION POEMS online:

The Academy of American Poets/Poet.org

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Hope to see you at the reading!