Nighttime Belief: “Cries in the Night” at the Cincinnati Art Museum

by Keith Banner Posh, intelligent and no-nonsense, “Cries in the Night:  German Expressionist Prints around World War 1” (June 21, 2014 to August 17, 2014 at the Cincinnati Art Museum) is both a scholarly tour de force and a pleasure just to look at.  Curated simply with blocks of necessary wall texts contextualizing and expanding […]

Directions in the Visual Arts: Thoughts at the End of the Season

by Daniel Brown As we near the end of another art season, which is generally thought to run from September through June, much like the academic year, some patterns have emerged which we should note.  The predominant movement seems to be towards a near complete domination of the visual arts by non-profits, and the very […]

Creative Expression: Artists’ Works from the Loeb Collection

by Fran Watson from May 5 – August 24, 2014 A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, A Loaf of Bread—and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness— Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow! Nothing could be more natural than the mix of art and books.  Both benefit, and the public is […]

Double Artist Residency Exhibit: Jeremy Plunkett and Nicholas Mancini at Manifest

by Marlene Steele The Manifest Artist in Residency Program has been expanded to include a double position this year.  The work of Jeremy Plunkett and Nicholas Anthony Mancini produced during this residency term is exhibited at the Woodburn avenue gallery. ” ‘Container’ speaks of both the act of containing and a vessel that…holds or transports […]


by Judith Fairly Ah, Texas; is there any place that elicits such polarized opinion as the Lone Star state, regardless of whether one has actually set foot within its borders? Even my dad, whose Scottish forebears were in Texas for three generations before his parents left to start a school next door in New Mexico, […]

A Letter from Charleston, South Carolina

by Kevin Ott The sulfur smell of the marsh, the waves of the Atlantic rolling up onto the surrounding beach communities, afternoon rain showers, the funky smell of the historic downtown streets on a hot, humid day…oh, and the restaurants, and of course, Spoleto. There is much to recommend in a visit to the Low […]

Toward a Holistic Approach to Art and Design, or To Love a Soup Bowl

by Matthew Metzger It’s difficult to talk about the unnecessary rift between art, design and craft without being somewhat didactic and hypocritical.  The “disciplines” need to be separated to some degree to begin a conversation about them in the first place. It’s ambiguous at best to later backpedal and claim that art, design and craft […]

No Fear, All Heart, Pure Soul: The Passion of Sculptor Margot Gotoff

by Elizabeth Teslow I’m staring at a Maker’s Mark glass.  It’s quirky.  It has a red plastic base that gives it the appearance of dipped and dripped wax.  “Oh, Liz, Go ahead, take it.  It’s a great souvenir.”  It did make sense to take it home.   It wasn’t exactly in perfect condition, but that was […]


by Saad Ghosn I. Images For A Better World: Andrew AU, Visual Artist Andrew Au, a Cincinnati-based artist, was born in1972 in Chicago, IL; he grew up in Keyser, WV. Au has drawn ever since he was able to put pen to paper, influenced from an early age by science fiction, religion, reading and art. […]

Clever Girl Book Review

by Daniel Brown Clever Girl, by English writer Tessa Hadley, establishes her in great tradition of English women writers whose symbolic ancestor remains Jane Austen.  I admit to being something of a sucker for family sagas, including The Forsythe Saga by John Galsworthy, and Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.  Contemporary writers in this genre, which expands […]