Design Matters- an Open House for Future Design Students

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Design Matters speaks to the importance of Design at the Art Academy of Cincinnati!
Tomorrow, Saturday, February 8, 9am

This Open House event is dedicated to all students seeking Design as their college major. Hear directly from Art Academy Design students, faculty and alumni about their experiences in our BFA Design program and life after.
  • Learn why our Design major is unique as it is situated in Cincinnati, an international design/print mecca
  • Learn how we integrate other important studio disciplines into the mainstream study of design for unique opportunities
  • Understand how collaboration and individual focus at the Art Academy are key for future success
  • Appreciate studying at a college that only specializes in preparing designers and artists

RSVP your attendance to or call 513-562-8740.

Christian Schmit in Exhibition at The Flats Gallery

Cynthia Gregory, Ordinary Time Christian Schmit, Observatory (detail)

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:

Images from the show can be seen here.

More info about The Flats Gallery here.

Matt Hart’s featured at The Academy of American Poets

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 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.

Final Friday Senior Winter Expo, Sara Vance Collection

Happy Senior Expo Everyone! The entire Art Academy Community and public will be exploring this massive exhibition of senior work throughout the school. On Final Friday 1/31 for the public reception is from 5pm-8pm with free tours of the expo. At the same time, enjoy the reception for the Sara Vance collection hosted in the Convergys and Pearlman Galleries in addition to work from the Great Oaks High Schools in the Chidlaw Gallery. Creativity is seething from the AAC at all levels!

Matt Hart’s RADIANT ACTION at Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer

AAC Friends,


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.