Sunday, May 24, 2009

SOS Art 2009 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati

Now in its seventh year, SOS ART 2009 presents for 10 days an art show and event of sociopolitical expressions for peace and justice.

More than 200 Cincinnati visual artists, literary artists, musicians, performers and school children will participate in this year’s SOS ART event at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, from May 29th to June 7th, 2009.

Organizer and founder, Saad Ghosn of the University of Cincinnati, has
coordinated the art event of paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, installations, poetry readings, movies, music, performances and discussions on current issues of peace and justice.

The event is a kaleidoscopic community view on the sociopolitical world. Works by local artists make powerful and diverse statements in support of peace and justice locally, nationally and worldwide.

The opening night, which includes an artists’ talk and reception, is Friday, May 29 from 6pm to midnight. Saturday programming for both weekends includes events from 7pm to 10pm. Sunday events are from 3pm to 6pm with a closing reception on the final Sunday, June 7th.

The visual art may also be seen Monday to Thursday from 9am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to midnight and Sunday from noon to 6 pm, May 30 to June 7. The entire program is free and open to the public.

See the pdf for more information.

Friday, May 22, 2009

OAC Building Cultural Diversity Workshop Next Month

The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) will hold a Building Cultural Diversity (BCD) workshop Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn –Worthington, 7007 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43085.

The workshop will be the OAC’s second annual Professional Development Day for leaders of culturally diverse arts organizations. The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about fundraising in these challenging times, discuss OAC grant programs with staff and network with colleagues. Facilitator Kerri Laubenthal Mollard of Mollard Consulting will lead participants in a series of exercises designed to increase organizational and fundraising effectiveness.

The OAC’s Building Cultural Diversity program supports the development and viability of culturally diverse arts organizations whose mission, programs, and staff are representative of the Black/African American, Appalachian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, or other culturally specific perspectives. For more information on this program visit the Ohio Arts Council’s website.

Register here for the workshop.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Looking at the Frame

In the next few weeks I will be spending time focusing outside of Cincinnati. While I will be in NYC later this month and will no doubt blog about an exhibition there, my interest is in exploring art communities and the dynamics that lie just outside of our city.

I am looking forward to taking a closer look at Covington, and Newport, KY, and Yellow Springs, OH as well as finally making a trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. If there is a gallery, museum, or artist you think I should check out, let me know.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The CMA to Celebrate Dr. Sherman E. Lee

The Cleveland Museum of Art will celebrate its former Director, the late Dr. Sherman E. Lee in an exhibition, Streams and Mountains Without End: Asian Art and the Legacy of Sherman Lee at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The exhibition will include 50 masterworks acquired by the CMA during Lee's tenure.

The exhibition will run from June 27 to August 23, 2009.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bad News for the new PAC Gallery?

There has been understandably some excitement about the recent local collaboration presenting contemporary Indian art. In partnership with ArtWorks, Cincinnati's new private gallery, the PAC Gallery recently opened Metamorphosis – Change and Continuity in Indian Contemporary Art.

However, according to, ArtTactic, a London based research company that examines the art market, is reporting that the art market confidence in contemporary Indian art has dropped 90 percent since last October.

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Manifest Gallery International Call For Artist

"Master Pieces" is an annual offering, this third installment of the Master Pieces project will continue to reveal the intensity and professionalism of students working towards their terminal academic degree in the field of art or design. The exhibit successfully draws participation by artists working in a variety of approaches and media, and joins them together from afar in one momentous presentation which introduces them and highlights their work to the world. (The 1st annual Master Pieces was reviewed in the international publication Sculpture Magazine!)

Deadline is June 5, 2009.

Click here for more information.