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The Pandemic Delayed a Hank Willis Thomas Exhibition. His Work Is Now More Timely Than Ever.

Posted on July 29, 2020

Twenty years of work from the renowned photographer, sculptor, and multimedia artist opens at Cincinnati Art Museum September 4, with a distinctly 2020 reimagining of interactive public programming.

An exhibition featuring 20 years of Hank Willis Thomas’s work was scheduled to open at Cincinnati Art Museum in July. All Things Being Equal… was morphed and postponed by Covid-19, but it was electrified by this summer’s protests against systemic racism.

Thomas’s work demands a viewer’s reinterpretation of pop culture, particularly sports and marketing, in the direction of... Continue


i.imagine Helps High Schoolers Find Their Artistic Voice Through Photography

Posted on July 22, 2020

The local nonprofit exhibits Fusion at the Purple People Bridge July 19–August 14, bringing student perspectives to the community.

Cameras have never been more accessible to young people, and yet it still takes practice and encouragement to learn the technical skills required to make good photographs and to develop as young artists. That’s why i.imagine, a nonprofit based out of Union, Kentucky, has focused its efforts on making professional-grade cameras available to high school students, and guiding them toward an exploration in finding a distinctive approach to their image... Continue


Local Universities Honor Their Graduating Art Students Amid a Global Shutdown

Posted on June 22, 2020

Covid-19 interrupted senior thesis shows throughout the region. Here’s how five art departments made do this spring—offering, perhaps, a taste of creative ways universities may have to again adapt in the fall.

The senior thesis show is a rite of passage for art students. It is their moment to show their work and skill—to take their art out of the classroom and to present it, in person, to the public at large. And for many, it functions as their debut into the professional art world. However, the global Covid-19... Continue


Wave Pool Pivots to Launch New Projects in Light of Covid-19

Posted on May 29, 2020

The Camp Washington art center worked fast to act on their mission of "pairing a community’s needs with artists’ sense of possibility" by distributing food and art, transitioning projects—and finding ways to pay artists.

For anyone familiar with the work of Wave Pool Art Center and its director Calcagno Cullen, their stunning agility and creative vision tied into social action is hardly a surprise. Throw in an unprecedented global pandemic, a screeching halt of society as we know... Continue