The Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC) is pleased to host the Ohio Artists for Freedoms exhibition, sponsored by For Freedoms 50 State Initiative and the Wilder Foundation.
As clay in the hands of the artist, democracy, especially in America, proves malleable. Shaped by its founders, reshaped by its citizens over and over, it remains uncast, ever-evolving. How does the rise and fall of certain voices play into Ohio’s swing state power in our American democracy?
All the artists deal with the nuanced juxtaposition of love of country and participation in democracy.
Associate Professor of Studio Arts, Emily Hanako Momohara curated a show of contemporary artists. Each artist participates in the Ohio political discourse with their art practice.
In and exhibition with the following artists:
Ryan Dewey (Cleveland, OH), through objects and language, challenged ethnic norms.
Photojournalist, Melvin Grier (Cincinnati), documented the notorious 2001 Cincinnati Riots.
Scott Hagen “The Barn Artist” (Jerusalem, OH), has designed and painted over 100 patriot themed Ohio barns for individual families and corporations.
Terence Hammonds (Cincinnati), work is informed and inspired by the struggles and determination of African Americans seeking equality during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Annisa Lewis and Mary Clare Reitz (Cincinnati, OH), engaged community members in neighborhood-centered art programs.
Through prints and film, Darice Polo (Kent, OH), gives voice to the history of Puerto Rico’s annexation and its impact on the arts.
Jenny Ustick (Cincinnati), fills a wall with a hand painted mural of Lady Liberty shedding colonialism.
Wave Pool Contemporary Art Fulfillment Center’s (Cincinnati, OH), execution of Pedro Reyes’ Gun Flute will be on display alongside a video the flutes being played in the Cincinnati March for Our Lives Protest.
WHAT: Ohio Artists for Freedoms in conjunction with For Freedoms 50 State Initiative
WHEN: Final Friday, August 31, 2018, 5-8pm
WHERE: Art Academy of Cincinnati
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