• Kuumba Fiber Works: Artist Stitching their Statements

    • 23 July 2021
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    This group exhibition features fiber works from members of the Kuumba Quilters, and is curated by member artist Carole Gary Staples. This group was founded in February 2020 by Ohio artists Monica Scott and Renée Keels to help not only preserve and promote the art of quilting and culture in the African American community, but to also serve as a support system for African American artists. By the time a location for the first meeting was secured, COVID-19 hit Ohio and it was decided to hold the meetings virtually. This allowed for the inclusion of not only quilters and fiber artists from Central Ohio, but from other parts of the country.

    Meeting virtually throughout the pandemic, the Kuumba Quilters shared past and current works, works in progress, shared techniques and conducted robust discussions about exhibiting and the role of African American artists in the fiber art/quilt community. This group, named for “Kuumba” the sixth principle of Kwanzaa that celebrates creativity as a way to build and preserve a strong and vibrant community, now includes more than 15 members from all across America and still continues to evolve and grow. Its members are a true hybrid of new and experienced artists, men and women, and those that have exhibited all over the country and other who have yet to exhibit. This is the first exhibition for this group, and includes fiber artworks that incorporate text and art quilts with unconventional themes and images.

    Exhibiting Artists: Cynthia Catlin, Carole Gary Staples, Janet Green, Judy Harris Middleton, Wendy Kendrick, Stefanie Rivers, Monica Scott, Rosalind Thomas, and Renee Wormack-Keels

    The public is invited to attend the free Opening Reception on Saturday, August 21st from 6-8pm to meet some of the artists and enjoy some light refreshments.

    The Lindner Gallery hours are Tuesdays 12:30 – 5:30pm, Thursdays 1:00 – 7:00pm, and by appointment. Kennedy Heights Arts Center is free and open to the public.

    Image Credit: fiber art by Wendy Kendrick, detail

     

  • AMERICA REIMAGINED

    • 15 July 2021
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    The group photography exhibition AMERICA REIMAGINED is a curation and archival project documenting dramatic changes in daily life across America in 2020 and beyond. The project’s mission is to document a country in transition and create a documentary collection in the American story. On view in the Kennedy Gallery from September 4 through October 30, 2021, this show is the first time a selection from the entire online collection will be printed and exhibited to the public, under the curation of Cincinnati photojournalist and Boyd’s Station’s Advisor, Michael E. Keating. It will feature 76 photographs and 4 photographic essays from photojournalists all across the United States, including Ohio.

    AMERICA REIMAGINED is Boyd’s Station’s innovative and collective effort, along with partner American Reportage, to engage, motivate, mentor and give voice to emerging photojournalists by showcasing and preserving the images and narratives that offer an intimate look at the ways Americans are grappling with, and adjusting to, this disruptive moment in history.

    Boyd’s Station is a nonprofit arts and journalism residency program based on the grounds of the nearly 100-year-old Clifford Craig Farm homestead in Harrison County, Kentucky, and American Reportage is a collective of visual journalists specializing in comprehensive storytelling of the American experience. AMERICA REIMAGINED showcases the work from not only emerging photojournalists from across the US, but also their mentors and friends of the America Reimagined Project and Boyd’s Station advisors who contributed photographs and editing expertise to the collective effort.

    This exhibition documents how life reacts and evolves with each new challenge – from the COVID-19 pandemic which pushed the country into its homes and social distancing to the fight for social justice which reunited millions in protest and solidarity in streets across the country. 

    Reflecting on his participation with Boyd’s Station and work on assembling AMERICAN REIMAGINED, Michael E. Keating remarked, “It is exciting to give voice to student photojournalists nationwide who responded to our call to action in creating this document. Boyd’s Station offers a unique experience for emerging photojournalists to interface with an outstanding collection of professionals on a level playing field. In its short tenure as an educational enrichment opportunity, Boyd’s Station is proud to watch and nurture students as they carry the banner of visual storytelling into the future.”

    AMERICA REIMAGINED will be on view from September 4 through October 30, 2021 inside the Kennedy Gallery and also outside on the grounds, located at 6546 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213.

    Opening reception will be on Saturday, September 4th from 6-8pm. Additional programming is being scheduled.  

    Exhibition is sponsored by The Clyde N Day Trust in collaboration with Boyd’s Station.

    Image Credit:

    Neighbors gather and listen to Cellist Jodi Beder while she holds her daily 30-minute concert for people in her neighborhood and anyone else who happens to stop by. Several states are currently in different stages of a lockdown while the United States and the world continues the struggle with COVID-19. Mt. Rainier, Md., Friday, March 27, 2020. Photograph by Rod Lamkey Jr. (Alexandria, VA) /American Reportage

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