Category: Features

FotoFocus Biennial: Meet 5 local lens-based artists

FotoFocus, the region-wide, biennial celebration of lens-based art, returns this month. The theme for 2016 is “Photography – The Undocument,” examining the extent to which photography and videography capture or distort/mask reality. Though national and international talent will be showcased throughout the month, Movers & Makers has focused on five local lens-based artists with solo shows and their approach to this year’s theme.

New SCPA leadership working to rebuild trust

SCPA leadership team: assistant principal Kimberly Brown, external relations officer Teresa Summe-Haas, executive director Nick Nissley, artistic director Angela Walker, principal Michael Owens and assistant principal John Copenhaver

While the new administrators were busy attending to the needs of SCPA faculty, staff and students, executive director Nick Nissley realized “the real crisis was that we had lost the trust and confidence of our investors, of the donor community.” The public couldn’t discern the difference between the Friends of SCPA fundraising organization and the school itself, he said.

Cincinnati Ballet’s Zack Grubbs and Sarah Hairston

After 14 years with Cincinnati Ballet, Grubbs – a senior soloist – is retiring. His longtime onstage partner, principal dancer Sarah Hairston, is retiring as well. On Aug. 1, Hairston and Grubbs stepped into new roles as the dean and principal, respectively, of Cincinnati Ballet’s academy.

STAGE: movers & makers of the moment

James Gilmer and Maizyalet Velázquez

Theater is exploding with life in Cincinnati, with record crowds and exciting new venues on the horizon. And the dance season is leaping into the future with a new work by an established local master. Contributor David Lyman shares his thoughts on who and what to watch onstage between now and Thanksgiving.

VISUAL: movers & makers of the moment

21c: Germán Gómez (Spanish), “Drawn VI” (from the Drawn series), mixed media drawing, 2007

While the FotoFocus 2016 Biennial in October will dominate the fall scene, contributions to the rich tapestry of our visual arts landscape continue to emerge from fresh sources. Maria Seda-Reeder shares her thoughts on the artistic movers and makers to watch this autumn season.

Richardson rising

Rob Richardson Jr.

Rob Richardson Jr. is chair of the University of Cincinnati’s board of trustees. What’s behind the ascent of this former academic “underachiever” to the summit of power at UC?