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Never a Day Without Drawing

08/27/21, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A banner of images of the work from Constance McClure

The Art Academy of Cincinnati is pleased to present Never a Day Without Drawing, an exhibition that celebrates the life and work of longtime Art Academy professor Constance McClure. The exhibition is free and will be held at the Art Academy from August 23–September 19, with a reception on Final Friday, August 27, 5–8 pm. The exhibition will include work from her family’s private collection. In addition, five of the twenty-two works in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection will be featured.

Help us celebrate Connie by sharing your story of how she impacted your life through her art, her teaching, and her spirit. These recordings will be archived and shared during the exhibit.

Record your memory HERE.


About Constance McClure:

Born in West Virginia in 1934, during the Depression, McClure moved to Florida to attend Ringling School of Art. She found her way back to Cincinnati in the early 1960s, where she finished her bachelor’s degree at Mount St. Joseph in 1971, then going on to receive her master’s from the University of Cincinnati in 1974. She began teaching at the Art Academy that same year. At the time, there were no openings at the college. However, she was invited to fill in for a professor trying to emigrate from Great Britain. She remained at the Art Academy until 2019, a year before her passing in 2020. McClure’s profound generosity and compassion in the classroom made lasting impacts on several generations of students. From detailed demonstrations to patient instruction, her positive disposition and zest for all things “art” were reassuring sources of inspiration. A voracious reader and lifelong student, McClure stood firmly on a foundation of classical principles from the Greeks and Romans, the drama and storytelling of the Italian Renaissance, and the academic approach to anatomy from the French Academy. From her vast knowledge, she established herself as a Contemporary Realist and an icon within the region.

“Constance was a quiet and authentic presence in the art community for many years,” said Gary Gaffney, professor emeritus, Art Academy of Cincinnati. “She exemplified what an artist should be in her commitment to her work, her exploration of media, and her relentless advocacy of drawing.”

Never a Day Without Drawing celebrates McClure’s lifelong commitment to her practice as an artist as well as a professor at the Art Academy. To continue her legacy, the college will be naming one of its galleries in her honor. “Her name on the gallery is a simple acknowledgment that her spirit will always be present at the Art Academy,” said Gaffney.


 Exhibition Details and Contact Information:

WHO:              Constance McClure, former AAC Professor

WHAT:            Never a Day Without Drawing, an exhibition and gallery dedication honoring the life and work of Constance McClure

WHEN:            August 23 — September 9, 2021

Reception and Gallery Dedication: Final Friday, August 27, 2021, 5:00—8:00 pm

Gallery Hours:

Monday—Friday: 9:00 am—9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am—5:00 pm

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:         McClure and Pearlman Galleries, 1212 Jackson Street in Over-the-Rhine

COST:             Gallery admission and reception are free and open to the public.



5:00 pm - 8:00 pm