Art Academy


The Art Academy of Cincinnati began as the University of Cincinnati McMicken School of Drawing and Design, founded in 1869. In 1887 the school moved to a facility adjacent to the Cincinnati Art Museum and changed its official name to the Art Academy of Cincinnati. And ten years ago, the Art Academy relocated its campus to Over-the-Rhine.

Local doctor and artist Saad Ghosn joins our Barbara Gray to discuss his annual anthology, For a Better World: Poems & Drawings for Peace & Justice, and his search for artists for a May exhibit at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Jane Durrell talks with Cincinnati artist and retired Art Academy professor Stewart Goldman about his long career and having one of his paintings featured in the exhibit A Century of Ohio Watercolor now showing at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus.

Jane Durrell has a profile of local artist and Art Academy of Cincinnati teacher Constance McClure. She reflects on the changes she’s seen in art and students over the course of her career, and talks about the kind of creative work she finds challenging now.

A one-of-a-kind holiday event is happening at Memorial Hall on December 13 and 15 – it’s young people from Cincinnati Boychoir, Elementz, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati combining forces for SPARK, a performance of music, dance, poetry and visual arts. Lee Hay welcomes in Abdullah Powell from Elementz and Christopher Eanes from the Cincinnati Boychoir to preview this unique and exciting collaboration.