Sculpture students and professor wait in line for the parade to begin.
On behalf of the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s Master of Arts in Art Education program, I would like to congratulate Dr. Judi Haynes on her 2014 Kentucky Art Educator of the Year Award, presented by the National Art Education Association. Judi has served our program for nearly 20 years. She was instrumental to the formation of the Master of Arts in Art Education degree program and has guided a generation of art teachers through their studies at the graduate level.
Judi’s great enthusiasm and commitment to her students have contributed to her success as an educator who can teach effectively across generations. It is rare to find a teacher who can engage and educate both elementary students and graduate students. This range has allowed Judi to touch the creative lives of thousands whom she has taught directly and thousands more whom she influences through her work in higher education. Judi’s topic areas of art criticism and aesthetics are foundational to art education, and her work in the Art Academy’s MAAE program provides today’s art educators the resources to integrate these vital elements into art curricula at primary and secondary educational levels.
We are pleased that Judi has received regional and national recognition for her important work. Visit www.arteducators.org for information on the National Art Education Association.
Keith Benjamin (BFA ’89)
Chair of the MAAE Program
40 students and 6 faculty members of the AAC embarked on a journey to New York City from March 5th – 9th to come face to face with the leading edge of contemporary art. While there, the Armory Show, Volta NY, Spring Break Show, Whitney Biennial, Brucennial, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 50+ galleries in the Chelsea neighborhood, and countless other institutions of art were experienced by the Art Academy Community in the most educationally purposeful co-curricular activity of the year. Check out the picture slide show of the excursion as seen through students’ mobil devices below.
Christian Schmit and Cynthia Gregory present New Work at The Flats Gallery: a College of Mount St. Joseph Urban Arts Partnership, at 3028 Price Avenue in Price Hill. The show runs until Saturday, March 1st with a closing reception Saturday, March 1st from 2-4pm.
Cynthia Gregory and Christian Schmit were colleagues in UC’s graduate fine arts program and have continued with collaborations since completing their MFAs. Existing familiarity with their work enabled them to mount engaging local exhibitions that complimented their use of realistic, illustrative styles, and the similar use of traditional (graphite, ink, gouache) and non-traditional (salvaged wood, insulation foam, cereal box cardboard) media as building materials. Gregory points out, “Common themes to both of our art include implied narrative told through juxtaposed, enigmatic yet everyday objects, and an exploration toward how these objects act as metaphoric ‘containers’ for memory, experience, and unspoken mysteries rooted in human experience.” Exhibited art works include 2D drawings and 3D sculptures that have expanded on their MFA themes, Schmit’s A Memory Rocket and Gregory’s The Poet’s Table.
Christian will be conducting an accompanying workshop titled Memory Capture: Exploring the Intensive Now on Saturday, February 8th from 2-4pm at the Flats Gallery. In this workshop, participants will create small objects to contain memories out of recycled materials. All materials are provided and the workshop is free. Email Christian with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images from the show can be seen here.
More info about The Flats Gallery here.
I’m happy to announce that my poem, “Today A Rainstorm Caught Me” is up today in the Poem-a-Day series at The Academy of American Poets poets.org site. I hope you’ll check it out. The post also includes a brief prose description of the way I wrote the poem.
While you’re there, please take a look at the site, which literally has thousands of poems and writing about poetry in its archives. You can also sign up to receive a poem a day, via the Poem-a-Day series, in your email.
I’m happy to announce that twenty sections of my long poem sequence “Radiant Action” have just been published at Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer. You can read the selection and hear recordings of me reading it here. The issue also includes prose reviews of the selection by poets Ben Kopel and Jennifer Moore. You can read them here and here.
Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer is a journal that was started late last year by poets Kelin Loe and Leora Fridman. As the title suggests, it’s dedicated to publishing long poems and selections from them, and always includes both recordings of the authors reading the published selection and critical prose on the work written by other scholars and poets.
Please check it out.