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The Lens

The Lens is the FotoFocus editorial platform, highlighting our programming and featuring in-depth conversations on photography and the moving image drawn from perspectives and insights in our community, throughout our region, and around the globe.


FotoFocus Biennial Project Intern Highlight

Posted on August 9, 2022

Australian artist Ian Strange will create new photographic and film works while completing an Artist in Residence program with FotoFocus at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. The residency includes a student internship program, and Ellie Wallace, painting and drawing major at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, shares her experience as one of the nine paid interns assisting with the Ian Strange project throughout the summer.

Previously on THE LENS, we spoke with Australian artist Ian Strange for a Q&A and featured Romaiza Nadeem, student at the Art... Continue


FotoFocus Biennial Project Incorporates Internships for Local Students

Posted on July 20, 2022

Australian artist Ian Strange will create new photographic and film works while completing an Artist in Residence program with FotoFocus at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. The residency includes a student internship program, and we spoke with Romaiza Nadeem, illustration major at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and one of the nine interns assisting with the Ian Strange project throughout the summer.

Australian artist Ian Strange will create new photographic and film works while completing an Artist in Residence program with FotoFocus at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. The... Continue


The Carnegie Network

Posted on December 3, 2020

This Covington gallery uses its position in the community to foster relationships between artists, students, curators, and the public.

Covington’s The Carnegie is a unique space for so many reasons, not least of which is because of its history: It was built in 1904 as the Covington Public Library, a small part of the grand philanthropic plan of one Andrew Carnegie, once the world’s richest man who over a near-50-year period used his immense fortune to fund more than 1,600 public and university libraries around the country. Upon its... 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