This Friday the Art Academy of Cincinnati opens In Context, an exhibition of work by the school's four graduating artists in the Master of Arts in Art Education program. Adrian Vance Hawk, Jonathan Juravich, Lisa Kelley-Gerton and Kate Ungrund are art teachers by day, and their time in this graduate program has allowed them to develop their own work as contributors to contemporary art culture. In Juravich’s case, his experiences as an art teacher and track coach directly influences the content and form of his work.
Screen-printed texts refer back to the sociology and trials of the schoolyard, with his most recent work dealing with a first grader’s struggles with cancer. Hawk’s work deals with environmental content in its combination of natural materials with other salvaged found objects. Gerton’s paintings translate storytelling traditions into visual imagery. Ungrund’s explorations into ideas about home are manifested in installations involving dollhouses and manipulations of dust. Exhibition runs daily this week through Aug. 1. A reception with the artists takes place this Friday from 5-8 p.m., in conjunction with Over-the-Rhine’s Final Friday gallery walk.
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