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Muse Dodd Residency

January 18 - January 28

A photograph by the artist Monique Muse Dodd.

The Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC) is pleased to present Corrina Mehiel Fellowship inaugural recipient, Muse Dodd. 

S.O.U.R.C.E. STUDIO launched the inaugural Corrina Mehiel Fellowship in 2020 as an annual award to support women, trans and non-binary artists engaged in pressing social issues, specifically those who offer alternate visions and meaningful interactions through their creative practices. Given in the name and spirit of the late artist Corrina Mehiel, the purpose of the Fellowship is to allow time and space for an artist to reflect and evolve their creative practice, develop ideas and engage opportunities.  The Art Academy of Cincinnati extends an invitation to Fellow recipients to continue their residency and share their work with the AAC community and the City of Cincinnati.  (See program schedule below.) 

About Muse Dodd

Muse Dodd (They/Them) is an Anti-disciplinary Artist, Curator and DJ from Severn, MD based in New Orleans. Their work centers on the questions, ‘How do you remember and what do you choose to forget?’. Through the act of remembering, Muse uses their body to map the lived experience of Africans in America. Muse channels trauma to connect with, process and alchemize pain; both personal and collective through movement, ritual and collective dreaming.  

Muse states, “While in residence at The Art Academy I will use my time to build connections with students and faculty and explore how we can be in better relationship with ourselves and our community. I will do this through a series of screenings, workshops and performances that reflect on history while also envisioning the future.”  

 Muse holds a BA in Film Production from Howard University and studied at the Film Academy in Prague. Muse is a S.O.U.R.C.E Studio Fellow and recipient of the Corrina Mehiel Grant. Muse is a 2019-2020 Leslie Lohman Museum Artist Fellow and was the 2019 DCAC Curatorial Fellow. A former Artist-in-Residence at the Flux Factory, they were also a 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the ARoS Museum in Denmark. Muse’s video work has been commissioned for performances at The Shed, Mabou Mines Theater, and Dixon Place. Muse has also screened and exhibited work at Lincoln Center, The BWI Marshall Airport, Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, The DC Arts Center, and The Flux Factory. Through their work, Muse hopes to create space for Black bodies to be free, if only for a frame.  

This opportunity is generously supported by Four M Investments, LLC.  


Program Schedule and Exhibition Details:

WHO:       Muse Dodd, Corrina Mehiel Fellow

WHAT:    Film screenings, workshops, performances, artist talks and panel discussions accompanied by a window exhibition in SITE1212 visible from 12th street between Walnut and Jackson St

WHEN:    January 18, 2022 – January 28, 2022

Friday, January 21, 2022 at 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm

Panel discussion for S.O.U.R.C.E studio with Mel Chin and Amanda Wiles, Muse Dodd, jackie sumell, AAC President Joe Girandola. Moderated by Linnea Gartin, AAC Director of Office of Engagement.


Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Breaking the Binary: Artists talk


Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Black in Both Directions, MUSE(O)FIRE Performance


Friday, January 28, 2022

Final Friday exhibition openings, AAC Faculty show

Note: All visitors must wear face coverings and practice social distancing (maintaining at least six feet of distance from others) while on the AAC campus. In addition, all visitors must first have their temperature recorded by one of the touchless temperature devices at the security desk when entering the building.

WHERE: SITE1212 Art Academy of Cincinnati 1212 Jackson Street in Over-the-Rhine

COST: All events are free and open to the public.


January 18
January 28


Art Academy of Cincinnati
1212 Jackson Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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