Profiles

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

June 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, June 2014, Profiles

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 […]

An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience

June 1st, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, May 2014, Profiles

An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience

by Laura Hobson Abby S. Schwartz and The Cincinnati Skirball Museum Comprised of seven thematic galleries that portray the cultural, historical and religious heritage of the Jewish people, the Cincinnati Skirball Museum has a long history as one of the oldest repositories of Jewish cultural artifacts in America, according to its website.  The seeds for the museum […]

CAC 75th Anniversary

May 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, May 2014, Profiles

When we joined the CAC in the 1950s we were just back from two months abroad, having saved our money and quit our jobs to make the trip. CAC was young and so were we, and I think we were fired with the idea of keeping our culture level high and open. Also, it didn’t […]

Cate Yellig Opens Doors to Covington Arts Scene

April 26th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, April 2014, Profiles

Cate Yellig Opens Doors to Covington Arts Scene

by Laura A. Hobson “I am going to be an art historian,” announced Cate Yellig, now 33, to her father Chuck when she was 20.  Her dad told her to find a career that paid the bills. A native Cincinnatian, Yellig eventually wound up as art director of the Covington Arts Center. The Kentucky Arts […]

High Bespoke

March 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, March 2014, Profiles

High Bespoke

by Fran Watson From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith February 14, 2014 – May 11, 2014 Cincinnati Art Museum “Bespoke” was hardly an often-used description of jewelry during the ’60’s when Art Smith created the highly original pieces seen in his current display at CAM, but it now seems to […]

Two Artists, Two Profiles: Jeremy Plunkett and Nicholas Mancini, the 2013-2014 Manifest Artists in Residence

March 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, March 2014, Profiles

Two Artists, Two Profiles: Jeremy Plunkett and Nicholas Mancini, the 2013-2014 Manifest Artists in Residence

by Elizabeth Teslow “Be open for growth and the unexpected nature of art-making.” Jeremy Plunkett “The year goes by fast.  You cannot take a week for granted.” Nicholas Mancini After I completed my interviews with Jeremy Plunkett and Nicholas Mancini, Manifest’s second-year Artists in Residence, I was mentally exhausted.  For two enlightening hours, Jeremy and […]

The Eisele Gallery of Fine Art: A Cincinnati Tradition

March 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, March 2014, Profiles

by Laura Hobson From “The Indian Chief” by Henry Farny to “Mending the Nets” by Dixie Selden, The Eisele Gallery of Fine Art offers outstanding paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Owned and operated by President/Chief Executive Officer Doug Eisele since 2005, the gallery features works by both living and deceased artists. In addition, […]

Amy Miller Dehan – Curator of Decorative Arts and Design

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, February 2014, Profiles

Amy Miller Dehan – Curator of Decorative Arts and Design

by Laura Hobson “I was always interested in art,” says Amy Miller Dehan, 37, curator of decorative arts and design at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  “My father Richard Miller was an artist, but he needed to find a career to support his family so he went into the transportation business in Washington, Pennsylvania.  I remember […]

Burn Baby Burn

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, February 2014, Profiles

Burn Baby Burn

by Julie Gross It all started with a Facebook post that read, “Buy or Burn: A one-night, solo art show like none other. All of Joshua Huettig’s paintings must be bought or they will be burned. There will be dancing, fire, music and wine will be served by the gallon!” When I first read this, […]

Nellie Taft: Odyssey, A Lifelong Journey through Art

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, February 2014, Profiles

Nellie Taft: Odyssey, A Lifelong Journey through Art

by Karen Chambers Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery through March 22 Nellie Taft was a hometown girl, born in 1937 in Indian Hill and died in 2012 in Boston. She attended Lotspeich and Hillsdale Schools in Cincinnati, which answers the burning question among natives: Where did you go to high school? She […]

Art for a Better World

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, February 2014, Profiles

Art for a Better World

by Saad Ghosn I.             Images For A Better World: Leigh WALTZ, Visual Artist Born in Dayton, Ohio, Leigh Waltz took drawing lessons at an early age. In high school, he traveled through Europe and spent a year on the island of Borneo. There, he learned photography and darkroom techniques with Amarjit Singh, a local photographer. […]

Ron Kroutel: Conceptualist Redux

January 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, January 2014, Profiles

Ron Kroutel: Conceptualist Redux

by Marlene Steele Suited man steps onto a roadway in a low level lilliputian landscape. A nubile intrigante strides openly along a residence-obscuring hedge. Nude male, barefoot in the waning light, apprehensively considers a dismal deserted industrial plant. Leaps of faith and expressions of ecstasy, escapes and admonitions, reactions to the unseen and the unforeseeable, […]

Art For a Better World

January 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, January 2014, Profiles

Art For a Better World

by Saad Ghosn I.              Images For A Better World: Paige WIDEMAN, Visual Artist Paige Wideman, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a BFA degree in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute (1989), and an MFA degree, also in sculpture, from the University of Cincinnati (1999). Wideman took 10 years […]

The Thompson House Shooting Gallery Offers New Opportunities for Emerging Artists

June 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in June 2012, Profiles

The Thompson House Shooting Gallery Offers New Opportunities for Emerging Artists

By: Shawn Daniell As an emerging artist in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, you may be asking yourself what your options are when it comes to gallery spaces that will showcase your artwork. The Thompson House in Newport, Kentucky and the former location of the Southgate House offers up a new option for emerging […]

Hidden Architect

May 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, May 2012, Profiles

Hidden Architect

Althea Thompson shapes generations of young artists at the School for Creative and Performing Arts   On a rainy day in Over-the-Rhine I arrive at the school. It is an odd feeling pulling over on Central Parkway alongside parents dropping off children in front of this colossal feat of modern architecture. It is not the […]

The Domain of Cynthia Amnéus, a Collection of Human Adornment

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, Profiles

The Domain of Cynthia Amnéus, a Collection of Human Adornment

To access the Costume and Textile Department at the Cincinnati Art Museum, you walk in one door of the elevator and later, out the opposite side. With Cynthia Amnéus, The Cincinnati Art Museum’s Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles since 1998, in the lead, I emerge to look down a shadowy hallway filled with white […]

Miller Gallery – Fifty Years a Family Tradition

March 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in March 2012, Profiles

Miller Gallery – Fifty Years a Family Tradition

Miller Gallery, in the middle of the block on Erie Avenue When old friends meet after a hiatus, there is little preamble before lapsing into friendly chat. This was the case a few weeks ago between AEQAI editor Daniel Brown, and Miller Gallery’s Laura Miller Gleason and husband, Gary Gleason. The two now run the […]

Justine Ludwig, Young, Passionate about Art, and Assistant Curator at the CAC, Cincinnati

January 23rd, 2012  |  by  |  published in January 2012, Profiles

Justine Ludwig, Young, Passionate about Art, and Assistant Curator at the CAC, Cincinnati

Justine Ludwig, Assistant Curator of the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, never had to confront the question: “What will I do when I grow up?” Her grandmother was an eclectic collector of art she loved, with no specific period but from all over the world, and her parents trundled her through countless […]

Lily Mulberry and 1305 Gallery

December 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in December 2011, Profiles

Lily Mulberry and 1305 Gallery

The idea of opening a little art gallery is one of those persistent day dreams seldom carried out in real life. 1305 Gallery, a model of its kind, opened more than six years ago at 1305 Main Street in Over-the-Rhine and has presented a steady program of exhibitions since. Plans for 2012 are in place, […]

Man About Art – Matt Distel

November 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, November 2011, Profiles

Man About Art – Matt Distel

Matt Distel, a lively compact young man, is a curator, gallery director and general man about art. Anything written about him only scratches the surface of his penetrating involvement in the art life of Cincinnati, from the DeLeia to the CAC, from Country Club to Publico to The Weston, Distel has had his hand in […]

Lynne Ambrosini, Chief Curator, The Taft Museum

October 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in October 2011, Profiles

Lynne Ambrosini, Chief Curator, The Taft Museum

Bequeathed to the people of Cincinnati in 1927, along with its collections, the Taft Museum of Art opened in 1932. Once the home of Nicholas Longworth and then Charles Phelps Taft, the house was originally finished in 1820 by Martin Baum, Cincinnati’s first millionaire and founder of the Miami Exporting Company, which in 1803 became […]

Bridge to Asian Art – Dr. Hou-mei Sung

September 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Profiles, September 2011

Bridge to Asian Art – Dr. Hou-mei Sung

Dr. Sung has served as the curator of Asian art at the Cincinnati Art Museum since 2002. In her 2009 show, Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting, Dr. Sung drew on ten years of research to present more than 100 paintings that illustrated the use of animal symbolism in […]

Second Chat With the Editor – “Self Expression is a Form of Narcissism”

September 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Profiles, September 2011

Daniel Brown, AEQAI editor, is a writer, internationally known art critic, collector and curator, a positive stickler for clarity and above all, the objectivity that comes from true literacy. This is objectivity that flies in the face of what he sees as the present American preoccupation with “self”. Brown feels that this is a big […]

Alice Frieder Weston, Artist, Arts Patron and Collector

July 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, Profiles, Summer 2011

Alice Frieder Weston, Artist, Arts Patron and Collector

Alice Frieder Weston is by no means an obscure figure now nor has she been over the many years she and husband, Harris Weston, encouraged and supported the arts and other causes in Cincinnati. Entering her living room, as she says “good morning”, one is greeted by an expanse of Carl Strauss-designed light and airy […]

An Air-Conditioner-Side Chat With the Editor

July 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Profiles, Summer 2011

An Air-Conditioner-Side Chat With the Editor

With apologies to psychiatrists and brain surgeons, I think one can watch a mind at work. The way the eyes move, the head takes up its position and the mouth forms into odd little shapes are all unmistakable clues. Some people hate computers, and this is especially true of Daniel Brown, recently installed editor of […]

Art For Change

June 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, June 2011, Profiles

Art For Change

Saad Ghosn – Art For Change as a Non-juried Enterprise Walking into the interior of Saad Ghosn’s house near The Cincinnati Zoo carries an almost physical impact, shifting from the bright leafy world of his front walk to shady rooms replete with colorful and exuberant art, some of it his own. This is the ninth […]

Bill Seitz

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Profiles

Bill Seitz

A Product of His Experience Bill Seitz has all the requisite credentials, but the direction he has gone has taken on a life of its own, and he describes his work as Gallery Director at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center (http://www.thecarnegie.com/), in Covington, KY for sixteen years as “the dream job.” The Carnegie […]

Barry Andersen

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Profiles

A conversation. With his usual reticence to tout his own achievements – “I don’t profess to have any particular insight other than doing it for a long time,” Barry Andersen succinctly distilled the major challenges facing the role of art education and art making in contemporary society over chili the other day. Professor Barry Andersen, […]

Cynthia Goodman

April 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Profiles

Cynthia Goodman

An Uncrowned Queen Cincinnati’s Cynthia Goodman enjoys international success as a curator, writer, corporate art consultant, documentary producer and former director of New York City’s IBM Gallery of Science and Art. Her gold-braided resume made her the preeminent choice to be the interim director of Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center, not once but twice. But Goodman […]

Jymi Bolden

March 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Profiles

Jymi Bolden

“I Became My Dream” – Jymi Bolden What instincts guide us when we first meet other people? Is it our reading of gestural clues, a tilt of the head or an expression? Or, is it something more basic that leads one to know that Jymi Bolden is a warm, intelligent man ready for a hug? […]

Mary Baskett

February 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Profiles

Mary Baskett

An Interview To interview Mary Baskett, known for individualistic dress as well as for expertise in Western and Japanese prints, I wear the single spectacular piece of clothing in my own closet, a winter coat of many colors. “Jane! Your coat!” says Baskett, on opening the door of the Mt. Adams house where she and […]

Higher Level Art

January 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Profiles

Higher Level Art

                      Higher Level Art…you hear chatter about this artist collaborative echo through social media, you see their work all over the city, you’ve read about them. Higher Level Art founders Danny Babcock and Matthew Dayler are busy guys, and they work really hard. They seem […]

David Knight

January 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Profiles

David Knight

Creative, Multi-tasking “It’s been one of those days when everything went opposite to what I expected,” says David Knight, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at Northern Kentucky University, as he sits down at his desk in the office adjacent to the gallery. He has been presiding over NKU art, in its differing incarnations, for about […]

Matt Morris

January 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Profiles

Matt Morris

Artist, Writer, Curator. At 26 years of age, artist, writer, & curator Matt Morris is quite accomplished. With several years worth of published writings in regional and international publications (including this journal,) participation in five group shows and two curatorial projects this past year alone, as well as being a founding member of the U-turn […]

Benedict Leca

December 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Features, Profiles

Benedict Leca

Curating to Delight and Inform “Hello, my name is Benedict Leca, and I am the curator of this show. Would you like me to give you a tour?” Leca visits the gallery that houses the Cincinnati Art Museum’s internationally acclaimed show Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman (through January 2, 2011) two or three times […]

Sara Vance

December 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Profiles

Sara Vance

Art Collector and Patron Who does not have a collection? From Imelda Marcos (shoes) to Wayne Gretzky (coins), the urge to amass prized objects is widespread. When we fall in love with the tactile or the purely sensory, the things or events that talk back to us of their history, their beauty, their thrill, or […]

James Crump

October 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Features, Profiles

James Crump

Reflections from a Discerning Eye In the film “Wall Street,” Michael Douglas misguidedly observed “greed is good” with dire results. However, if greed also means grasping every opportunity to create a world-class photography collection at the Cincinnati Art Museum James Crump is committing no aesthetic trespass. “I was asked to kick start a relatively dormant […]

Andy Stillpass

October 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Profiles

Andy Stillpass

The Thrill of Conscious Collecting In a recent Interview Magazine article, one prominent artist has this to say concerning collectors: “There are awful ones and great ones. There are a few I absolutely love, like Andy Stillpass in Cincinnati. He’s one of the greatest collectors in the world because his relationship to the art is alive. He […]

Kristen Spangenberg

September 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Profiles

Kristen Spangenberg

                    “A young Californian has come out of the west. . .to take over the curator’s post in the Print Department of the Cincinnati Art Museum” reported the art columnist for the Cincinnati Post, September 24, 1971. The new curator was Kristin Spangenberg, this month marking […]

Mark Patsfall

August 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Profiles

Mark Patsfall

Clay Street and Beyond Mark Patsfall is the go-to guy if you’re an artist and you have a difficult print job at hand. Patsfall also makes art, as can be seen right now in the Weston Art Gallery’s The House In My Head. His own quirky, idea-filled show, The Nature of Time, recently appeared at […]