Cross Currents: Stewart Goldman

March 31 – April 24, 2023
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Cross CurrentsStewart Goldman Opens March 31

Public Reception and Artist Talk Friday, March 31, 5–8 p.m.


Exhibition of works by longtime AAC educator accompanied by catalogue with essay by Sue Spaid and interview with Joe Girandola and Kristi Nelson.


Stewart Goldman taught hundreds of students at the Art Academy of Cincinnati during his more than 30 years with the school. Now works by the longtime AAC educator and mentor are being featured in the exhibition Cross Currents: Stewart Goldman, opening March 31, 5–8 p.m. at SITE1212, 1212 Jackson St., with a public reception and an artist talk. 


The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue that includes writings from Sue Spaid and an interview with exhibition organizer Joe Girandola, Art Academy of Cincinnati President, and Kristi Nelson, former provost at the University of Cincinnati.


Goldman taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from 1968 to 2001. In both his teaching and his visual production, he has shown profound concern for human rights, social justice, and the global implications of genocide in Germany and elsewhere. An enduring presence in the Ohio art world, he has curated shows on printmaking and the visual aesthetics of opera, lectured on the long-term influence of the Renaissance, and headed up the Cincinnati Sculpture Council. Goldman is one of the state’s best-known and highly respected artist/educators. His works have been reviewed by Art Forum, and in 1988 he was awarded the Cincinnati Post-Corbett Award for Outstanding Individual Artist.


Sue Spaid teaches philosophy at Northern Kentucky University and the University of Dayton. She recently published The Philosophy of Curatorial Practice: Between Work and World (2020), which reflects over 35 years of experience as a curator, critic, gallerist, and museum director. 


Kristi Nelson recently retired from the University of Cincinnati where she served for more than 40 years in a number of roles, most recently as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. In this capacity she led the implementation of UC’s strategic direction, Next Lives Here, saw record enrollment growth over many years, and created a strong leadership team through the hiring of deans and vice provosts. She also taught in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning for many years as Professor of Art History. She led many study abroad trips to Italy with UC students.


Joe Girandola is the 18th leader and president of the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He is an internationally exhibited artist and is a classically trained stone carver from his studies in Florence, Italy. Girandola is the recipient of numerous grants including the 2017 and 2019 BLINK Artist Grant, 21C Pitch Night ArtPrize Grant, 3rd Century University of Cincinnati Studio and materials Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, and a Change Inc. Grant.


The exhibition continues through April 24.



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