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Art: Findlay Market - Heart of the City

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Museum Center's almost-secret gallery (the Ruthven gallery, in the basement, near the Children's Museum) breaks out with interesting exhibitions pretty regularly. Next up: Findlay Market – H  

Potent Potential

City Council reinstates individual artist grants

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Good news from City Hall? Yes, actually. City Council has voted to re-instate and improve a long-established program providing grants to individual artists, which was cut for budgetary reasons in 2009.   

Art: Dick Waller

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 6, 2011
What happens when a serious musician gives serious attention to making paintings? The exhibition Contrasts now at Malton Gallery shows the results of clarinetist Dick Waller's picking up a paint  

Art: Diana Duncan Holmes Discussion

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Diana Duncan Holmes' extraordinary monochromatic photographs line the walls at Iris BookCafe, making art of such humble subjects as plastic bags blowing in the wind or the shreds of automobile tires.  

Mixed Results

The pros and cons of CAM’s new ‘Greatest Works’ gallery

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
This is an old museum with benefits bestowed by several generations of collectors, some of them inspired. But is this the best way to see these works? The installation flies in the face of accepted museology — not necessarily a bad thing — but I’m uncertain if it accomplishes its stated aim: to bring people and art closer together.

A Local’s View of the Arab Spring Aftermath

Like rest of nation, Egyptian women unsure about their future

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
In Egypt today the downside of revolution is beginning to be felt. During two weeks recently spent there on a tour to see the ancient sights, and then on my own for several days in Cairo, most people I talked to were ready for order to happen, although glad to have moved ahead.  

Fired Up

Darren Goodman gorgeous glass creations

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Darren Goodman plays with fire. It’s part of his artistic medium of choice — he blows glass. His extraordinary, downright gorgeous results are now on view in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s biennial 4th Floor Award exhibition, this year titled Trial by Fire. It’s up through year’s end.  

Scarred But Not Scared

Photographer turns lens on young breast cancer survivors

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
“It’s beauty in a whole different way, shocking at first, but so meaningful,” says Litsa Spanos, whose gallery, Art Design Consultants Inc., will show the traveling photography exhibition The SCAR Project from Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The show presents photographer David Jay’s life-size prints of young women whose struggles with breast cancer have left them scarred but valiant.  

No Easy Answers

New book looks at Ohio-based, post-9/11 security issues

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
By the summer of 2007, Columbus-based AP reporter Andrew Welsh-Huggins recognized that an ongoing story he’d been covering put Ohio at the center of events making important national news. “All this information was swirling around: Christopher Paul was indicted, the coffee-shop meetings were coming out,” Welsh-Huggins says in a recent phone interview.   

Expansion Plans in a Recession

Arts organizations and events are adapting to the tough economic climate

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
“I've had the opportunity to learn patience,” says Tod Swormstedt, founder of the American Sign Museum. He’s talking about a problem that other Cincinnati arts organizations and supporters of planned festivals, theater renovations and other projects have to share — how to raise money as the Great Recession grinds on.