Mt. Adams artist curates and stars in new Cincinnati Art Museum exhibition
Employed includes 70 unique artworks created by 37 working artists from the Cincinnati region who lead dual lives as artists and as museum professionals. Among the 37 artists is Flora, Cincinnati Art Museum Head of Design and Installation and co-curator of Employed.
“Having helped organize the entry process, I was very impressed with the quantity and caliber of the work that was presented for consideration,” says Flora.
The Cincinnati Art Museum employs nearly 200 individuals who work in a wide range of departments, from security and visitor services to conservation and facility management. Beyond the walls of the Art Museum, many of these staff members are practicing contemporary artists in various media including printmaking, furniture design, painting, fashion arts and photography. This exhibition celebrates their talent, highlighting the museum’s legacy of nurturing working artists and exhibiting art generated in the local community.
“It is a rare honor that someone who works at a museum has the opportunity to present their work in a museum gallery,” says Flora. “I am very grateful for the opportunity.”
Generations of Cincinnati artists have studied the encyclopedic collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, taught students in the galleries, and painted and sculpted in museum spaces. Today, artists continue to contribute directly to the advancement of the museum in a wide diversity of roles. Those talented artists simultaneously bring the history of art to a new generation while writing the continuing story of our region.
Two highly anticipated original exhibitions Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth and Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954–1974 will also be on view at the Cincinnati Art Museum in October, November and December. General museum admission, parking and the Employed exhibition are free.
Image: Kim Flora (b. 1982), Landscape in Haste, 2016, paint and toner transfer on mylar over paper on board