NKU’s FE14: Full and Part-time Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition

by Shawn Daniell When I was in art school at The College of Brockport in Brockport, New York, ten years gone by now, I often wondered what kind of artwork my art professors were creating in their own studios, or if they were even creating at all. Students put a lot of money and trust […]

Ideas on Hiring Museum Directors

by Daniel Brown Aaron Betsky’s imminent departure as Director of The Cincinnati Art Museum brings up questions, in my mind, that have less to do with the pros and cons of his directorship, than of the methods by which directors are hired here in the first place.  I believe that the processes have been flawed […]

Ron Kroutel: Conceptualist Redux

by Marlene Steele Suited man steps onto a roadway in a low level lilliputian landscape. A nubile intrigante strides openly along a residence-obscuring hedge. Nude male, barefoot in the waning light, apprehensively considers a dismal deserted industrial plant. Leaps of faith and expressions of ecstasy, escapes and admonitions, reactions to the unseen and the unforeseeable, […]

Dixie Selden at Eisele Gallery

by Kevin Ott Although this is not a proper “show” of Selden’s work, there are 5 paintings displayed at the Eisele Gallery, more than one can usually find in one location by this respected Cincinnati artist and favorite student of Frank Duvenek. First the gallery: Eisele Gallery specializes in 19th and 20th Century paintings (and […]

As Lovely As A Tree

by Fran Watson “The Tree of Life”, Cincinnati Art Museum, November 29, 2013 – January 1, 2014 In a straight line  from the main entrance of the Cincinnati Art Museum, past the sequestered  “Icons” spotlighted in black caves, through the spacious hallway, footsteps echoing loudly, stood  the very dead “Tree of Life”; its  roots unlaced […]

Art For a Better World

by Saad Ghosn I.              Images For A Better World: Paige WIDEMAN, Visual Artist Paige Wideman, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a BFA degree in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute (1989), and an MFA degree, also in sculpture, from the University of Cincinnati (1999). Wideman took 10 years […]

Geometrically Ordered Design: The Lords of the Skies

by Dustin Pike “The phenomenon of UFOs does exist, and it must be treated seriously.” –Mikhail Gorbachev There is an old parable devised by Plato in his Republic wherein the pre-enlightened man and woman are taught the ways of the world only through the play of shadows projected onto the walls of a cave. After […]

Postmodern Publication Design

by Danelle Cheney Graphic designers are taught to confront and reconcile the relationship between form and content. Is one more important than the other, or equally so? Does personal expression, emotion, and humanity have a place in design, or should designers focus on legibility, clarity, and unity of content? The first Bauhaus manifesto states: “Together, […]