Gibbs Rounsavall compares his studio practice to that of a scientific exploration embracing the thrill of discovery. The focus of his study has primarily been on relationships between shape and color. One of his bedrock principles as an artist is that color has such strong associative powers that it can transport us through time: eliciting memories while simultaneously suspending the perception of reality. Although his paintings may appear computer generated, all work is hand painted and drawn, with a closer look revealing faltering lines and imperfections. This is a reflection of his own capacity for self-awareness in the moment where an impulse to make a specific kind of mark reveals itself.
Emily Hanako Momohara
Emily Hanako Momohara is a lens-based artist, activist, and teacher who makes sculptural photography about multicultural identities. She is Associate Professor of Art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where she chairs the photography major. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at the Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA) in a two-person show titled Sugar Islands (2015), and the 2015 Chongqing Photography and Video Biennial (Chongqing, China). She received an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award in 2011 and has been a visiting artist at several residency programs including the Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY), Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown, MA), and Red Gate Gallery (Beijing, China).
As the chief operating officer of Manifest, Jason is involved in every aspect of the organization and oversees all programs. On the ground he coordinates the project submission process, jury process, and programming for exhibits and books as well as serving as the organization's primary grant writer. He is the first point of contact for most communications regarding projects and Manifest's programming and philosophy.
Alongside his team members Jason has been able to turn a student ran gallery into a internationally recognized, well, neighborhood gallery for the world.
The designer working under the pseudonym, loner, applies Arte Povera practices to couture fashion. He utilizes tee shirts both bought in bulk, as well as more specific items found at huge box stores such as Wal-Mart as well as gas stations and truck stops. He evokes irony and nihilistic humor on Americana tees in order to discuss politics, and show support for protest groups such as Black Lives Matter and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
loner always had a quirky fashion aesthetic—and when he got into some trouble doing graffiti in the last city that him and his family were living; he decided that he didn’t want to be tried as an adult and so he needed to figure out a way to get his work out, so he figured making clothing was a good way to execute that.
Tim Faulkner + Margaret Archambault
Tim Faulkner Gallery
In May of 2006 Tim Faulkner was forced to relocate from New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina, for a minute he had intention of moving back after everything settled down. In December of 2007 he opened the first location of Tim Faulkner Gallery out of a 140 square foot room on the third floor of a building on the 800 block of the East Market District in Louisville, Kentucky. After some time, he moved the space a couple of blocks away, met Margaret whom then joined the gallery.
In December of this year, Tim Faulkner Gallery will be celebrating 10 years. In those ten years, Tim and Margaret have welcomed hundreds of artists, poets, musicians, and non profits into their truly communal and experimental space. We got the opportunity to chat about the difficulties and praises of owning a gallery, designing exhibitions, being artists, and the importance of knowing when to shut the f' up and just follow the rules.
Matthew McDole is a skateboarder, illustrator, painter and screen printer, originally from Bedford, Kentucky, now living and working in Louisville. He is currently a part of an exhibition at the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Sing, Don't Cry, and has exhibited at the Green Building gallery and in 2016 he was the winning participant of ARTLIK NuLu, a 10-artist collaboration with local businesses in the NuLu neighborhood. Commissioned works include record covers, t-shirts, business logos, and site-specific public and private installations. Matt makes personal, observational paintings compositionally influenced by tattoo shop flash sheets, skateboard culture, and a preoccupation of death that developed during his youth as a child of Southern Baptist parents.
Colleen Clines + Maggie Clines
Colleen Clines (CEO / Co-Founder) and Maggie Clines (Creative Director), sisters whom spearhead Anchal Project, utilize their backgrounds in design to be a force in social entrepreneurship and global (as well as local) social change. Anchal Project is a non profit social enterprise based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Anchal works with women in India whom have been caught up in the sex trade industry, providing a holistic program that provides jobs in textiles as an alternative livelihood option. In 2010 they officially received their 501 (c)3 status. At this point they are working with one hundred and thirty artisans and growing at an ambitious rate.
Nora Christensen + Shawn Hennessey
Squallis Puppeteers is a collective of local artists and performers dedicated to the handmade and the homespun. They have been making puppets, performing, and teaching children (and adults) in Louisville, Kentucky since 1997. When Nora had her daughter, Stella, she decided that she (and her two other founders at the time) needed to start making money off of this thing. So in 2003 they became a non profit and received their 501 (c) status, got a board, and got all businessy. They began doing educational programming and working with kids— it was a lot of learning in the moment and answering the phone and saying ‘yes’ without really knowing what they were doing-- but they loved every second. Squallis is made mostly of volunteers who have a real passion for their mission, but is spear headed in business and design by Nora Christensen and Shawn Hennessey. It is their hybridization of the academic, folksy, philosophical, punk, and low-fi aesthetics (and in weird ways, visual characterization of Louisville, Kentucky) that have made them a beloved contribution to this city's charm. We got to sit with Nora and Shawn, as well as their Administrative Assistant, Julia Davis, and talk about their history and love for what they do.
Maxime Van Melkebeke
curator / Offspace.xyz
Maxime is an independent curator who lives and works in New York. He received his MA in Contemporary Art History, Criticism and Conservation from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York and his thesis The Transformation of Human Identity through Perception received distinction for its original contribution to the scholarship on its subject. In 2016, Van Melkebeke started an online project space, Offspace.xyz. Recent exhibitions include A Stay in the Paphos Loop and solo projects by artists such as Tomaso De Luca, JAŠA, Anouk Kruithof, Olga Fedorova, and many more. He just finished a solo live streaming project on Offspace.xyz with sound and video artist Lotte Rose Kjær Skau in Copenhagen, Denmark.
(The Diggingest Girl)
Emily Louise Howard is the hands, head and heart behind The Diggingest Girl. Emily was born in Burlington, Vermont in 1984. She was raised in Erlanger, Kentucky and educated at the University of Kentucky, where she received a B.F.A. in painting. Emily went on to get her M.F.A. in painting and her M.A.A.E. with K-12 licensure at the University of Cincinnati. Emily has been a lifeguard, espresso shot-puller, aircraft baggage handler and fueler, university instructor and waitress, middle and high school art teacher, among other things. She now carves and pulls prints full time, fulfilling a lifelong dream of being a working artist. Emily lives in a little house in Erlanger, Kentucky at the edge of the woods-- a fitting place to create her cozy and empowering imagery. She runs her business out of her basement studio.
Colin Klimesh + Taylor Carter
Cincinnati-based design studio CK_TC creates small batch ceramics that embody an original, contemporary take on objects for the home, including cups, mugs, bowls, and vases. Their approach to making harmonizes the useful and decorative, by merging traditional methods and digital tools to fabricate precise and singular objects using more efficient and sustainable methods. Starting with raw materials, they formulate and produce each step of the process, including molds, clay, and glazes. Founded by Colin Klimesh and Taylor Carter, CK_TC aspires to build a collection that represents their passion for craftsmanship and design to enrich the experience of the new domestic space.
Britney + Suzy
Brittney Braemer and Suzy King opened Handzy Shop + Studio in July of 2016. Their space functions as a retail shop and design studio—all in one tiny space on Pike Street in Covington, KY. In the shop, you'll find a thoughtful collection of greeting cards, paper goods, stationery, local art, ceramics, jewelry, gifts, and gift wrap—all created by local or independent designers, makers, and artists. In their studio, tucked in the back of the shop, they do branding, graphic design, and custom wedding stationery.
Cate Becker // BLDG
After receiving her masters from University of Cincinnati's DAAP Program in Art History, specializing in Renaissance and Baroque Art, Cate ran the Phyllis Weston Gallery for eight years and co owned a contemporary gallery called PAC Gallery in East Walnut Hills. In 2013 I got the job as the Public Art Director for the City of Covington; I ran Covington Arts and the Municipal Gallery for the city for two years and then came to work as the curator for BLDG in 2014. As anyone who knows her will tell you: Cate is a firecracker, fiercely passionate, motivating, and incredibly encouraging. She's been one of the pieces in a business that is bringing awareness to turning eyes to Covington, Kentucky.
Jessie Rienerth is the ceramicist behind RheinoCeramics, a line of utilitarian ware about human interaction. Many of her designs and surface treatments center around the theme of layers. She likes the idea that everyone has their own stories and experiences that make up who they are. . Everyone's lives and experiences make up a different landscape. She uses the trope of landscape to discuss individual story telling and narrative. She utilizes manipulation and force to create delicate vessels for everyday use. A Cleveland native; she attended University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program, where she received her BFA: focusing mostly on ceramics. She then held a residency at Core Clay, and worked out of their space for several years. She has worked for Medicine Bluff Studios and is currently a mold maker for Rookwood Pottery.
Kaitlin Noverr is the artist behind elysian market. Similar to many individuals stocked in the millennial arsenal; she graduated from college, got a great job in marketing, and then realized she wasn't happy. After planning and thinking about how she could support herself as an artist, she launched elysian market in August of 2016. Since then she has has participated art shows, pop-ups, design collaborations and currently in the process of launching her website. Kaitlin has an altruistic approach to art making, in our interview her desire for her audience to be at peace with her work in their home became very apparent. But with this altruism is a firm understanding of branding and business-- she utilizes her good will and her desire to support herself to design and implement a 'line' of paintings that is approachable to a vast audience and aesthetically appealing.
Paige Williams has exhibited in Germany, the Ukraine, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York and has been selected as an Artist in Residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts in New York, The University of Alaska, and The Neu Rathaus Gallery in Munich, Germany. She is a Studio Program Chair at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and has an active studio practice out of her home in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. Paige's work varies in subject matter and reference material; but always seems to hold a quirky, smart, colorful and challenging sensibility that is both approachable and distancing.
Pam Kravetz is a visual artist and arts educator, a mom, teacher, maker, do-er, and connector. She is a problem solver, supporter and lover of Cincinnati. She's ultimately a story teller. Her work changes media in order to tell stories that she needs to tell. She was a ceramicist, and eventually left it because it wasn't telling the story that she wanted to tell. Pam is most noted for her hand stitched larger than life puppets, and her ability to make mobile many different media. Her involvement in the Cincinnati arts community as well as a plethora of donated pieces has won her great honor among art patrons.
Maggie Cleary is an artist and musician working out of Cincinnati, OH. Her studio is based out of Wave Pool in Camp Washington. She is currently a singer and guitarist in the local band MARR. Maggie strives to be uncomfortably vulnerable. Through art and music she tries to hold herself emotionally accountable. Through sound and music performance, video projection, fiber sculpture, and installation, she evokes work that is self-reflexive and referential to the unique experience of perception. Using a broad range of mediums affords her freedom in her exploration in authenticity, vulnerability, and the ongoing quest to understanding “why?”
Jaclyn Stephens is a printmaking-based multidisciplinary artist. Both her studio and home temporarily inhabit on a farm in Middletown, Ohio. Since her BFA studies in Over-The-Rhine, and MFA studies in Oxford, Ohio, her rural childhood makes a timely reconnection, physically and creatively, to her present. Not to be distinguished exclusive from the rest of her life, Jaclyn's work generates associative play between environments, materials, meanings, work, sensory perceptions, and communicative processes. Cultivating multiple relationships with the landscape is neither only a way of living nor only a way of making, but rather the connection between everything she is constantly doing.
(Amanda Bialk Makes Art)
Stumbling upon ceramics in her last year at DAAP (Design, Architecture, Art and Planning) at University of Cincinnati, Amanda Bialk found herself in love with the medium, especially wheel thrown objects . Combining her love for organic and modern forms into her handmade pieces , she creates simple vessels that are functional and beautiful. Amanda's philosophy is that our homes 'truly define us'. Just a year after graduating, she has become a coveted ceramicist holding stock at six different locations around Cincinnati and northern Kentucky, as well as locations around the country and Canada.
(Lucca Laser Workshop)
Lindsey Estes is a machinist, designer, and business owner based out of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Located on Main Street, within the heart of the Over-the-Rhine revival, is Lindsey's small (but huge with heart) shop Lucca Laser Workshop. Growing up in her fathers machine shop, Lindsey had the opportunity to experience all of the sensory wonders of working with machines and wood. Lindsey grew to want a career combining the day to day labor of wood working and machining with her desire to make love-filled objects. From there, she grew a graphic botanical business aesthetic that is as true to its material and function.
Cedric Michael Cox is best known for his paintings and drawings, which fall between surrealism and representational abstraction. His work expresses themes ranging from mythical literature to the relationships between the physical body, musical allegories, and natural and man-made landscapes. He is considered a well established pillar within the arts community in the city of Cincinnati, as well as through out the region. This March, he will have a solo exhibition at the Taft Museum of Art.
Sea Sprang is a non-binary trans artist, writer, and DIY enthusiast with a strong desire to keep their hand visible in their work. They moved from a country town in northeastern Ohio to Cincinnati in 2008 to acquire their BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. They decided to stay after they earned their degree in 2012. Sea's work is focused primarily on topics around autonomy, bodies, gender, and societally conceived notions of what is 'non-normative,' as well as tapping into themes of emotional vulnerability.
Amy Scarpello was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently resides in Brighton, a part of the city's West End neighborhood. She attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC), earning a BFA in Sculpture, in 2010. During her time at AAC she participated in an exchange semester attending the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2010, she was awarded the Steven H. Wilder Traveling Scholarship, which allowed her to travel throughout Europe to continue her studies.
Ellina Chetverikova is an artist from a little town, Severodonetsk, Ukraine. She is currently based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ellina moved to the United States in 2007 at the age of 17. She earned her BFA at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2012 and her MFA at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Ellina’s work is autobiographical in nature, summing up and expressing important moments in her and close friends and family’s lives.