Two Women, Two Stories, One Current
March 17 to May 5, 2023
Featuring the works of Jan Wiesner and Marsha Karagheusian-Murphy as part of NCECA Cincinnati. OPENING NIGHT: March 17th, 5-9 PM The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is a dynamic, 501(c)3 organization that engages and sustains a community for ceramic art, teaching and learning. In addition to deepening knowledge within the field, NCECA expands it by working to cultivate the next generation of ceramic artists and enthusiasts through programing that affects professional artists, K-12 schools, community centers, universities, museums, galleries, businesses, organizations, collectors and enthusiasts of ceramic art. Currently comprised of approximately 4,000 members from the United States and more than 20 foreign countries, NCECA reaches thousands of additional individuals each year through its programs, publications, events, exhibitions and resources.
The Latta Collection of Rookwood Pottery
December 2, 2022 to January 26, 2023
Caza Sikes is excited to present selections from the Latta Collection of Rookwood Pottery, one of the most expansive and important privately held collections of Rookwood in the world.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 at Caza Sikes
5PM - 9PM
Food and refreshments provided
Acquired over the span of decades by a husband and wife team -- both passionate collectors -- the collection comes to public display for the first time ever. The show also represents the first major Rookwood pottery exhibit (outside of the museum) to be held in Cincinnati in decades.
The exhibit will feature:
*More than 20 signature pieces, many of them some of the finest known examples, spanning from the earliest years of Rookwood Pottery in the 1880's through the 1950's.
*Premier examples of each glaze line ever made famous by Rookwood, decorated by Rookwood's most notable artists. Included are examples of standards glaze, iris, black iris, painted mat, french red, aerial blue, sea green, vellum and more. Artists represented include Grace Young, Sarah Sax, E.T. Hurley, Harriet Wilcox, Albert Valentien, just to name a few.
*A selection of Rookwood pieces from the collection made available for purchase via the website or at the exhibit. Many fine examples for enthusiasts to begin or add to their collection. (Catalog of for-sale pieces is forthcoming)
"ON COLLECTING ROOKWOOD" LECTURE
Meet the collectors at this free informational Q&A session prior to the Opening, from 4PM to 4:45PM on December 2. Mark and Marie Latta will offer anecdotes from their decades of Rookwood pursuit and answer your burning questions about all things art pottery.
*Limited spots are available for the lecture - RSVP HERE
We look forward to you joining us for the Opening, and throughout the month of December for this show!
Icons of Photography: Critical Moments in History
October 22 to November 21, 2022
Icons of Photography
Critical Moments in History
Featuring selections from the Paul Paletti and Ren and Cristina Egbert Collection. The photographs presented in this exhibit depict some of the most iconic moments in American and world history. From the iconic "first flight" image shot by Orville Wright to important images of Nelson Mandela during apartheid in South Africa and Muhammed Ali's knock out of Sonny Liston, this exhibit spans decades of photography that changed the world.
OPENING NIGHT: Saturday, October 22nd from 5-8 PM
Antonio Adams presents The Crimsõn Bãrred
October 21 to November 26, 2022
OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 FROM 5-9 PM
The artist requests that you come dressed in your finest purple or crimson outfit. Numerous portraits, paintings and mixed media works will be on exhibit and for sale. This show is dedicated to the one and only, Prince.
Don't miss this exhibit from Cincinnati art scene living legend Antonio Adams.
ANTONIO ADAMS (b. 1981, Cincinnati, OH) is a multi-disciplinary self-taught artist, and leader working in Cincinnati, OH. Adams has been drawing, painting, and creating since he was a little boy. Now his work is collected internationally. He is one of the co-founders of Visionaries + Voices, an arts organization for artists with disabilities in Cincinnati, as well as Thunder-Sky, Inc., an outsider art gallery also operating in Cincinnati. His artworks have been exhibited at The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; The Museum of Everything, London; The Cincinnati Art Museum; The Pittsburgh Folk Art Exhibit and Symposium, Pittsburgh; The Outsider Art Fair, New York; Country Club Gallery, Cincinnati/Los Angeles; and In the Gallery, Nashville. (from the Green Gallery website).
Captured Moments: Rick Koehler, Angie Zimmerman-Hater, and Tom Seward
September 16 to October 15, 2022
A trio of Cincinnati-based artists with similar styles present an exploration of the the outdoors through colorful landscapes and seascapes, as well as their unique takes on portraiture, still life and more.
Join us for the opening night on Friday, September 16th between 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
The Nuevo Nueve: Cincinnati's Emerging Artists
June 17 to July 30, 2022
Handpicked by Caza Sikes, the 2022 Emerging Artists show highlights up-and-coming artists making big waves in Cincinnati.
Join us for the Opening!
Friday, June 17, 2022
5PM - 9PM
About the artists:
DeSanto (Nick Alvarez)
Cincinnati-based graphic designer, deSanto, has been honing his skills in design since 2008. deSanto blended his graphic design skills with his twenty-five years of painting experience, bringing about a perfect marriage of his two passions. His work is inspired by Victor Vasarely and Latin American artists Jesús Rafael Soto and Antonio Asis.
Jazmine Applegate (Jazz Chao)
Jazz Chao is a mixed media painter colliding the multiplicities if cultural identity. Using flat graphics pitted against realistic subjects, her work thrives in an abstracted and texture-heavy environment. Jazz Chao’s artwork is a body of pop-surrealism, with themes of memory and absurdity.
Samantha Amoroso, born in Long Island, New York, graduated from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2015, receiving her BFA in Painting. Following graduation, she attended a one-month residency at Vermont Studio Center, began working as an open figure drawing instructor at the LACFA, and assisted with the installation and curation of shows at the Lyme Art Association. In 2016, Amoroso accepted a full scholarship to pursue her MFA at the University of Cincinnati. As of December 2018, Amoroso received her Masters in Fine Arts, exhibiting her thesis show Luckily, She Was Dreaming, at the Contemporary Art Center (CAC) in downtown Cincinnati. Upon graduating, she began teaching undergraduate classes the following spring semester at UC in the School of Art and School of Design. In addition to teaching, she has continued to show her work in both group and solo exhibitions in the Cincinnati area, including Clay Press Street Gallery, Studio X, and Sharonville Cultural Art Center.
Self taught photographer. I love all respects of the medium. My depth of field regarding work is very random, from snapshots to narrative, disposable cameras to digital, views most ignore.
Jason Durham (American, born 1972)
Jason Michael Durham is a Cincinnati native and outsider artist specializing in mixed media compositions. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Media from Northern Kentucky University. Jason likes to take chances, experiment, and improvise to create works of art that reflect his personality. He is heavily influenced by Frank Stella, Jerry Garcia, and Jeff Spicoli.
Sarah Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio, 20th/21st century)
Fiber artist Sarah Miller of MoonForest Studio has been turning wispy piles of wool fiber into sophisticated and colorful objects of art through the process of needle felting for over ten years. Similar to her background in clay, felting is a very tactile process that allows a piece to develop over time, with the added benefit of immediate color, a huge inspiration! Sarah has been traveling and selling her work at outdoor art shows for many years, and you may have seen her work in the pages of Somerset Studio Holiday or Better Homes and Gardens Holliday Craft.
Shannon Fitch (Ohio; 20th-21st century)
Shannon Fitch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program, earning an undergrad in fine art and a masters in art education. Fitch’s work revolves around naturalistic elements with attention to detail, using pen and ink as a primary mode of artistic expression. Her work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center, the Reed Gallery, and other additional shows throughout the city.
Chris Muse (American, 20th-21st Century)
C. Edward Muse
Thomas Hieronymus Towhey: Breaking out the Magic Monkey, a 40 Year Retrospective
February 4 to April 9, 2022
We are pleased to present a 40-year retrospective exhibition featuring the work of longtime Cincinnati artist, Thomas Hieronymus Towhey. Over 30 works will be presented, including borrowed and new pieces.
Closing Event: Saturday, April 9, 11AM-2PM. Join us for a meet and greet with the artist to wrap up the show.
Read the entire catalog essay by Daniel Burr HERE
View the essay in Movers and Makers HERE
A note from Tom:
A review of Tom's exhibition written by Dana Tindall from Aeqai can be found HERE
The Magical World of Sherry Cucinotta
October 9 to November 6, 2021
OPENS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 from 5PM to 8PM.
Join us for beverages, bites and beautiful ceramics.
This is art pottery that must be seen in person to believe. Sherry Cucinotta's creations are so elaborate, so fantastical, that you could spend hours in front of a single piece of pottery examining the details and consuming the story within. Her works are meticulously created over months and bring to life well-known and timeless fairy tales and stories. Filled with color and depth, these amazing examples of art pottery will on exhibit at Caza Sikes through October.
Humans Unwrapped: An Interactive Exhibit Celebrating Art of the Nude Figure
September 4 to October 6, 2021
Humans Unwrapped at CAZA Sikes
A Project featuring the art of the nude figure
Exhibit Closes at Caza Sikes: Wednesday, October 6th
Leading up to the October Opening will be four (4) different life drawing events held at private residences where amateur or emerging artists have the opportunity to work beside, and learn from, the master artists listed below. Life drawing sessions began the week of September 4th and ran for 4 weeks. The work completed during these sessions at private Cincinnati residences will be on display, along with other figural works from the artists.
The following master artists of the figure will be on display:
• Jan Brown Checco (organizing artist)
• Ellina Chetverikova
• David Mueller
• Marlene Steele
• Brad Davis
Natural Resources: Pairing the woodwork of Laron Algren and ceramics of Jon Stein
July 17 to August 28, 2021
OPENING: July 17 from 11AM to 4PM
RUNS THROUGH: August 28
Wood and clay collide when artists Laron Algren and Jon Stein combine their talents in respective mediums to create complementary pieces for this three-dimensional show.
Algren's furniture has elements of nature and imperfection balanced with calculated joinery and soft, pleasing angles that are simply just comfortable. Tables, seating and cabinetry will all be included in the show. Stein's pieces range from graceful and utilitarian to completely whimsical, as evidenced by his oversized candelabras conceived during quarantine.
From Saigon to Cincinnati: The Works of Hiep Van Nguyen
May 14 to May 30, 2021
See over 50 works from Vietnamese American Cincinnati-based artist Hiep van Nguyen, including watercolor and acrylic examples.
About the exhibit:
Hiep Nguyen (Vietnamese/American, B. 1966) is a Vietnamese-born painter, who has resided in Cincinnati since the emigration of his family following the fall of Southern Vietnam in (1975).
Originally, the Nguyen family, with Hiep the oldest of 4 children, arrived in Coushatta, Louisiana, by way of the Philippines, Guam, Wake island and Fort Chaffee Arkansas. Upon discovering a relative in Cincinnati, they left Louisiana and moved there. The family, now numbering eleven) settled in the Queen City permanently.
Hiep was enamored with the liberal arts since childhood, learning English through obsessive film watching, culture, titans of early 20th century literature, and especially the arts. While his parents worked long hours, Hiep was instrumental in raising his eight younger siblings, while working himself.
His artistic passions developed as a young child, but materialized in high school in the forms of art materials and classes. He exhibited his work there. He collected literature and devoured American history, and was heavily influenced by the European impressionists. One can find similarities in a long line of famed Vietnamese-born impressionists, such as Le Pho (1917-2001) and Vu Cao Dam (1908-2000), whose vibrant and loose renderings seem to express a longing for a heightened aesthetic pursuit and a shunning of the mundane.
Hiep's artistic pursuits have been a lifelong endeavor. He has not exhibited his work until the present time. Caza Sikes is honored and thrilled to shine a light on his oeuvre, even though he does not spotlight for himself.
I discovered my love for art when I was in the 6th grade or so. I spent a lot of time alone just drawing things to pass the time. My family didn’t have much money back then and I didn’t have the nice white drawing paper so I drew on brown cardboards cut from boxes and whatever else I could scrounge up just to draw a picture or two.
The person that influenced me most to paint, to expand my horizon was my art teacher at Roger Bacon High School, Mr. Edward Dauterich. He saw something in me in my freshman year, a twinkle of artistic talent, a hint of creativity or whatever it was that he saw, it lit a spark in me and I’ve painted ever since. He lectured, guided and shaped me to become a painter, to love and to be creative artistically contributing a little of my own beauty, however humble and ordinary it may be to share with the world. To Edward Dauterich, I will always be grateful and be indebted for his belief in a young boy who had a passion for being creative but was not able to live it out until he unlocked the doors to the beauty that is art.
This past year, when our world was scourged with a pandemic, when all we saw on television was death and destruction, in my isolation and quarantine, I chose to paint, to create beauty in a not so beautiful world and I painted some of the most beautiful paintings I’ve ever done in my life. I share my creations with friends and family posting my work on social media in hope that it would bring a smile or a feeling of happiness to those who see my paintings. I wanted my artwork to lift up their spirits as it does mine and in the end, it’s all that important to me.
Tributaries: Sheryl Zacharia and Marsha Karagheusian
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts - NCECA
National Show: "Rivers, Reflections, Reinventions"
April 4 to May 1, 2021
OPENING / VIEWING INFORMATION
Exhibit opens Saturday, March 6 from 11AM to 3PM
*Artist Marsha Karagheusian meet-and-greet from NOON - 2PM
Caza's March/April exhibition is part of the annual conference produced by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). The 2021 national conference will be virtual; however, Caza Sikes will be hosting a physical exhibit featuring two masters, Marsha Karagheusian and Sheryl Zacharia. Come to the show in person or visit us online at cazasikes.com. This exhibition will also be produced on the NCECA website.
About this Exhibit
Now, more than ever, we need reinforcing messages that promote reflection, healing and unity. In today’s drastically polarized political climate, the handbuilt ceramic work of Sheryl Zacharia and Marsha Karagheusian, although contrasting in style, reveal similarities beyond surface appearances when combined. These two seasoned artists embody the Langston sentiment, “My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”
Sheryl Zacharia’s work is a study in geometric abstraction, both in structure and in her use of compositional elements. A professional singer-songwriter background influences her work. She builds unified, expressive and musical performances in clay, illustrating Langston Hughes’ comment where each work is “but a fraction of the events that occur throughout the natural and crafted world over time.” Pattern and form are rhythm, palette is harmony, lines and shapes are lyrical. The interaction of these elements is a journey that makes for a self-contained dynamic moment.
Marsha Karagheusian began her journey as a potter, exploring form, space, and what may be contained within the confines of this 10,000-year tradition. Her work slowly evolved into handbuilding, telling her story within the traditional genre of the female nude. The containment then shifted from the negative space of vessels to the female psyche, a carrier of narratives portraying inside/outside meaning. Taking a contemporary viewpoint of the female gaze, she cross-fertilizes historical figuration with opposing cultural narratives. Intuitively, water appears as a common theme in her work, inspired by her New England roots and the Cincinnati region, referencing healing and rejuvenation, along with the theme of “la danse” symbolizing celebration and evoking feelings of joyous renewal.
Time moves inexorably like a river; in our daily workflow every individual puts forth positive or negative energy. Positive, life-affirming efforts, represented as fractional events, are what we see in Zacharia’s and Karagheusian’s work, aspirations for a more harmonious world. Their individual tributaries become positive fractional contributions to the whole, speaking to the theme of Rivers, Reflections, Reinventions, expressing fluidity, rhythm and harmony, and ultimately, connectedness.
MISSION: The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts advances creation, teaching and learning through clay in the contemporary world. Ceramic art connects us to physical and cognitive experiences that foster environments of cultural equity, diversity, access, and inclusion.
VISION: NCECA will convene and engage people who care about ceramic art and education to cultivate learning, leadership, and excellence throughout the field. Building on transformative relationships regionally, nationally, and globally, NCECA will expand awareness of and deepen appreciation for the vitality and vibrancy of ceramic art, teaching and learning within our technologically influenced world.
NCECA promotes and improves the ceramic arts through education, community-building, research and creative inspiration, offering programs, events and publications to support the field and communities in which we work. NCECA’s broad interests are shaped by artists, students, individual and corporate patrons, gallery owners, museum curators, and providers of ceramic arts-related products and services. As a dynamic, member-driven organization, NCECA is flexible in its program development, international in its perspective and responsive to the changing needs of its constituency.
How to participate in the NCECA 2021 virtual conference: click HERE
One Nation, Under Art
April 3 to May 1, 2021
EXHIBIT OPENING INFORMATION
One Nation Under Art opens Saturday, April 3 from 11AM until 5PM.
The exhibit remain open during regular business hours through May 2.
About the Exhibit
A collaborative exhibit between The Annex Gallery, Caza Sikes Gallery, and you.
The 2020 presidential election residuals left the country with an unresolved feeling. Whether your side won or lost, we all feel more divided than ever. The task: Create a piece that signifies how to heal our divided nation towards a common purpose in this next decade. Is this idealistic? Yes. Realistic? Possible. Your work can provide commentary on the pugilistic nature of national politics of the past decade, but must show hope for a better outlook in 2021 and beyond.
Pressing On: Prints by Members of the Tiger Lily Press
February 6 to February 28, 2021
The art: More than 70 works will be on display from 30+ artists.
During these interesting times, "Pressing On" has become a mantra for the members of Tiger Lily Press. The print studio was closed from March until August due to the pandemic, requiring members to print at home, or at other locations, or not at all. But that did not stop them from making prints, or planning prints, or at least thinking about prints and printmaking and what they love about the process. The studio has re-opened and members of this historic group look forward to inviting the community to their annual printmaking show of work at Caza Sikes Gallery in the Oakley neighborhood of Cincinnati.
The exhibition will feature framed etchings, screen prints, woodblocks, collagraphs, lithographs, monoprints, letterpress, linocuts as well as three-dimensional explorations and artist books. All prints are hand-made prints created by the exhibiting artists, not mass-produced copies. Unframed prints will also be available for purchase.
Participating artists include: Jennifer Baldwin, Stephanie Berrie, James Billiter, Beth Brann, Fred Daniell, D.R. Danielsson, Joan Effertz, Louann Elliott, Rick Finn, Nicole Fiely, Sheila Lynn Fleischer, Maureen George, Saad Ghosn, Jay Harriman, Ann Marie Herrera, Tory Keith, Eric Klopfenstein, Andrea Knarr, Mary Mark, Kat McGee, Susan Naylor, Kathleen Piercefield, Ron Prigat, Blanche Pringle Smith, LuAnn Roberto, Jonpaul Smith, Vanessa Sorenson, Diane Stemper, Jan Thomas, Nancy Turner, Carole Winters, Mary Woodworth, and Nora Young.
Tiger Lily Press is a fine art printmaking studio space located in West Price Hill. Our mission is to produce, preserve and promote the art of printmaking in the Cincinnati area. We have press facilities for etching, lithography, letterpress, screen printing, and more. Established in 1978 through a grant at the downtown YWCA, Tiger Lily has been in many locations around the city but has always provided “A Place to Print” for emerging and professional artists for over 40 years. For more information go to www.tigerlilypress.org.
View Tiger Lily Videos:
Stephanie Berrie making Plushies
Nora Young's video on Letterpress and Collage
Vanessa Sorensen on Linocut Printmaking
Cole Carothers: @ a Safe Distance
December 3, 2020 to January 30, 2021
EXHIBITION OPENS ON DECEMBER 3RD, 2020
A Cincinnati native, Cole Carothers received his BA from Colorado College in 1971 and his MFA from American University in 1978. While teaching in multiple universities (including the Cincinnati Art Academy) Cole Carothers continued to paint and participate in exhibitions across the country. In Carother's words, "My goal, as an artist, is to create paintings that imagine and reveal the immensity and wonder of our world; paintings that elicit pause, calm and joy to the viewer." He has permanent collections in the Cincinnati Art Museum, the University of Kentucky Art Museum, Georgetown College, Lakeland College, and the University of Cincinnati. From 2011-2013 his paintings were hung in the Ohio Governor's executive offices in Columbus, Ohio, and he has a current installation in the U.S. Ambassador's office in Nairobi, Kenya.
This exhibition features the artists new work from 2019-2020. His ever-changing style continues to grab the viewer and bring them into his world as an artist.
Walter Stomps, Jr | Master of the Color Field
November 7 to November 30, 2020
The late Water Stomps, Jr. was a dynamic painter for over 70 years. After completing his study at the Art Institute of Chicago (1959), he held teaching posts at the Middletown Fine Arts Center, Dayton Arts Institute, and for over 4 decades at Western Kentucky University.
Throughout his career, Stomps. Jr. vigorously produced work in the vein of the American Color Field painters and Abstract Expressionists. One calls to mind the work of Frank Stella, Ken Noland, Victor Vasarelly or Kandinsky. Stomps, Jr. exhibited at numerous institutions in the Midwest throughout his career, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, Dayton Art Institute, Owensboro Museum of Art, and the J.B. Speed Museum of Art.
This exhibition will celebrate the life and work of Walter Stomps, Jr. and will run the month of November, 2020
OPENING NOVEMBER 7TH FROM 11-3 PM
Madison Cawein: A Virtual Exhibition
October 9 to November 30, 2020
Caza Sikes welcomes the work of Louisville, Kentucky native and photo-realist painter and photographer, Madison Cawein, for his first solo exhibition with the gallery. Due to COVID-19, this exhibition will be a virtual show, with select examples hanging in the gallery for visitors to view in person.
1973 California Institute of the Arts, B.F.A.
1968-71 Harvard University
2017 Portals to Invisible Worlds, LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
2018, 2014, 2011, 2009, 2005, 2004,2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995,1994, 1993. B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, Ky
2011 Sky Still Lifes, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY One-person Show
2009 Around the World, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY One-person Show
2005, J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
2007 New Works, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY One-person Show
1993-95, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2002-01, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY One Person Show
1993-94 J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY One Person Show
1989-90 Kentucky to Ecuador Invitational, Quito & Cuenca, Ecuador
In Sight of Louisville Invitational, Washington, D.C., Louisville, KY
1988 Bellarmine College, Louisville, KY One Person Show
1986-87 Swearingen Gallery, Louisville, KY One Person Show
1980, 1985 Portland Museum, Louisville, KY One Person Show
1983 Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY One Person Show
1970, 1971 Harvard-Radcliff Art Forum, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
Selected Awards and Grants
1994 Kentucky Arts Council Professional Assistance Award
I W Bernheim Foundation Fellowship
1982-84, 1975-76 NEA and Kentucky Arts Council, Artist in Education Grants
1st Place in 1982-84 and 2nd Place in 1975-76
American Embassy in Sweden, Ambassador Mathew and Brooke Barzun
Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson
J. B. Speed Museum
Louisville Gas & Electric
California Institute of the Arts
Commonwealth Life Insurance
Community Health Systems
Fire King International
Boehl, Stopher & Graves
HRH Queen Elizabeth II
HRH Princess Alexandra
A.B. Chandler Medical Center, University of Kentucky
1988 Guest Lecturer, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
1979-94 Guest Lecturer, University of Louisville Institute of Expressive Therapy, Louisville, KY
1974-1975 Visual Arts Associate for the Kentucky Arts Council, Frankfort, KY
1970, 1971 Curator, Harvard-Radcliffe Art Forum, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
1982- 1984 NEA and Kentucky Arts Council, Artist in Education Grants
2011 Interview with Scott Dowd, “Sky Still Lifes by Madison Cawein”, www.arts-louisville.com (visual arts), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnQdWPm8Bjw
2010 “Art About Town,” by Steve Wilson, Sophisticated Living, Lexington, KY. March/April, pg. 96-99
2009 “Home and Garden Style Secrets,” Southern Living, February, pg. 46. illustration
2007 “Recent Paintings by Madison Cawein,” by Jo Anne Triplett,
LEO Weekly, Louisville, KY. May 23-29, review pg. 41
Kentucky Homes and Gardens, Louisville, KY. July/August, Vol. 4, Issue 4, pg. 83, illustration
2005 “Recent Work by Madison Cawein,” by Jo Anne Triplett, LEO Weekly, Louisville, KY
2002 “Endeavors in Media and Art,” The Gallery at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY. catalog pg. 5
“Art Notes,” by David Minton, Lexington-Herald Leader, Lexington, KY. June 8, illustration
“Go See,” by Diane Heilenman, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. May 19, pg. I-4 review and illustration
2001 “ATL’s Art Show Challenges Perceptions,” by Amy Drozt,
The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. November 11, pg. I-1 & I-4, review and illustration“Thinking Art,” by David Minton, Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, KY. March 18, review and illustration
“Madison Cawein at B. Deemer Gallery,” by Bruce Nixon, LEO Weekly, Louisville, KY. review
Trio, Public Radio Partnership, Louisville, KY. Vol. 6, No.3, cover illustration
“Mysticism, Metaphor and Metamorphosis,” by Al Gorman,
Arts Across Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Winter, pg. 38-41
1997 “Madison Cawein at B. Deemer Gallery,” On the Cover, Art Now Gallery Guide, Southeast, Clinton, NJ. June/July/August, Vol. 16, No. 10, cover & pg. SE5
Art Now Gallery Guide, Southeast, Clinton, NJ. April, Vol. 16, No. 8, pg. SE23, illustration
1995 Art Now Gallery Guide, Southeast, Clinton, NJ. September, Vol. 15, No. 1, pg SE24, back cover, illustration
Cedric Michael Cox | 20 Year Retrospective Exhibition with Selected New Works
September 11 to November 1, 2020
Friday, September 11 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Exhibit will remain open through October 24 during regular Caza Sikes business hours.
Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Charity Auction
Bid on this one-of-a-kind painting from Cincinnati artist Cedric Michael Cox, with all proceeds benefitting the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra's mission of presenting transformational and entertaining concert experiences. As part of the CCO's 2020 eFestival, Cedric worked on this painting LIVE while CCO musicians – trumpeter Wesley Woolard and principal oboe Christopher Philpotts – performed a variety of musical pieces that helped to exemplify the unique relationship between color and music.
Cedric Michael Cox is best known for his paintings and drawings which fall between surrealism and representational abstraction. As a student at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cox was awarded a fellowship to study at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. After receiving his BFA in Painting in 1999, he began to exhibit locally and regionally.
Cox’s paintings catapults color into rhythmic action with abstract and recognizable images that create compositions inspired by themes in music and the natural world. His work remains true to sharing Cox’s innermost self and radiates passion from the canvas. Working under several influences which include architecture and art history, Cox’s work ranges from the geometric, to the curvilinear, to floral-like forms, all dancing within surrealistic shapes.
In addition to his work being in corporate collections, Cox executed several large-scale public murals and murals in various Public and Private Schools in the Cincinnati region. Cox’s past exhibitions include, The Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, The Weston Art Gallery, The Columbus Art Museum, Dayton Art institute, Five Myles Gallery in Brooklyn, Museum of Science and Industry and Gallery Guichard in Chicago, and The Taft Museum of Art. In 2019 Cox’s work was on exhibit at 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati, and this year he had a solo exhibition at James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. He recently completed a series 64 paintings for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Throughout his career, Cedric Michael Cox’s, work has been featured in books, magazines, and television.
Queen City Clay presents INFLUENTIAL: 25 years of shaping the Cincinnati clay landscape
August 1 to August 31, 2020
A socially-distanced exhibit collaboration between Queen City Clay and Caza Sikes. View landmark pieces from some of Cincy's foremost clay workers, with multiple items available for purchase. Please bring a mask. Art from $25 and up. Up to 50 artists to be represented with multiple pieces for sale.
After the Opening on August 1st, major pieces will remain on display for the month of August in the Caza Sikes exhibit space. Please stop by during regular business hours to see the incredible work.
SAVE THE DATE -- We'll be hosting an outdoor exhibition closing event on Saturday, August 29 featuring live demos from QCC artists and more works for viewing and sale. Mark your calendars.
Queen City Clay's mission is to foster the human impulse to create. By nurturing the growth of a unique, diverse, encouraging community, they strive to make the creative process accessible to all. QCC believes that the shared experience of creating ideas and objects can and does improve a person’s overall well being. QCC hosts classes for all ages and experience levels and offers retail opportunities for its many artists.
Saturday, August 1 (and the entire month of August during regular business hours)
11AM - 7PM
3078 Madison Rd, Cincinnati 45209
Family friendly, everyone-friendly
Nelson Mandela: A Photographer's Journey with the Father of South Africa, Featuring Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist, David Turnley
June 20 to July 20, 2020
The exhibition will open on Saturday, June 20th from 11 AM - 7 PM. This will be an outdoors/indoor socially-distancing-friendly opening!
Featuring a partnered exhibition with Paul Paletti Gallery, Louisville, KY. Exhibiting photographs of Nelson Mandela and his family throughout the decades by Pulizter Prize winning photographer, David Turnley.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, two World Press Photos of the Year, and the Robert Capa Award for Courage, David Turnley has documented the human condition in more than 75 countries, and is considered to be one of the best Documentary Photographers working today.
David has extensive experience navigating and leading documentary photographers and journalists in the most perilous war zones of our time amidst live battle and combat. Combining his strategic communication and negotiating skills he has advanced and gained access to the most restricted regions, bringing to light uncovered and unknown war crimes, cultures, and a breadth of human experience and tragedy that screams to have a voice and be known to the world. David’s work has always been rooted in a value system that emphasizes a world view of inclusion and “We The People”.
David has covered the world events of the last 40 years including the struggle in South Africa and the election of Nelson Mandela as that country’s first democratically elected President. David has been a dear friend of the Mandela family and is honored to have photographed President Mandela over the course of 23 years following Mandela’s release from prison.
Turnley has documented and worked in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is known for what has been called, The Photograph of the War - during Desert Storm in 1991. He has covered the end of the Cold War and revolutions in Eastern Europe, Tiananmen Square Student Uprisings and Massacre in China, famine in Rwanda and Somalia, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and he was almost killed in a full-scale shelling attack during the war in Chechnya. After returning to the United States to pursue a fellowship studying Filmmaking at Harvard, David moved to New York City, where he found himself once again in a war zone as he was one of the first photographers to arrive beneath the just-attacked World Trade Center towers and spent the day with the first firemen, photographing and trying to find anyone to save in the rubble. About the lives of David Turnley and his twin brother Peter, both acclaimed photojournalists, 60 Minutes made an episode titled “Double Exposure: Peter and David Turnley”.
Regarded for his entrepreneurial and leadership abilities, he is an award-winning Director and Producer of both Documentary Films and TV Commercials. He has Directed and Produced three feature-length Documentaries: The Dalai Lama: At Home and in Exile, for CNN, La Tropical, called by Albert Maysles “the most sensual film ever shot in Cuba”; and his epic story of Shenandoah, located in the tough coal region of Pennsylvania. Shenandoah, which is available to view on Netflix, was named by The NewFilmmakers Los Angeles as “Best Documentary Film” and David was named “Best Director” for the year 2013.
David has Directed TV Commercials for NIKE Brand Jordan, State Farm, and Ameriprise, to mention a few. David has collaborated with and documented Kid Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, David Beckham, President Obama, President Clinton, Laird Hamilton, and most recently has the honor to document The Michigan Football Team and Coach Jim Harbaugh and The Making of Champions.
Turnley has always been extraordinarily proud that, even for less than a month, he tried out as a Walk-On as wide receiver on The University of Michigan Football Team under Bo Schembechler. Coming from an athletic family, David was raised in Indiana and spent his childhood and early adult years playing every sport under the sun. It was the same tenacity, passion, and stamina that David acquired from an early life in sports that has been at the core of his success as a Documentary Photographer and Director. In 1973 one of The University of Michigan football coaches stopped a practice after seeing David make a tackle, and then exclaimed to the team, “If everyone hits like this young man just hit, we’ll have a hell of a team”.
David is a successful Published Author of eight photographic books, including Mandela: In Times of Struggle and Triumph, from his extensive time over the last twenty five years photographing the evolution of South Africa, and Nelson Mandela and his family. David is the co-author, with Coach Jim Harbaugh, of Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind, a book documenting the Michigan Football Team with a 16 page Treatise by Coach Jim Harbuagh.
David is regularly booked throughout the world for his inspirational speaking skills, including Africa, India, Europe and across the United States. He was invited to participate in one of the first TED Talks in California in 1990. He was also invited as one of the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speakers Series at The University of Michigan before a full house at The Michigan Theater, and honored to receive a standing ovation.
David is a Tenured Associate Professor at his alma mater, the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, and Residential College. He studied filmmaking at Harvard on a Nieman Fellowship and has Honorary Doctorates from the New School of Social Research in New York, and from the University of St. Francis in Indiana. He received a B.A. in French Literature from The University of Michigan and has also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. He is fluent in French and Spanish.
The proud father of two children, David lives with his wife Rachel and family, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Interpretations of Nature: Abstract Paintings by Heidi Ann Harner
May 4 to June 8, 2020
Welcome to our second virtual exhibition, featuring the abstract work of Indiana artist, Heidi Ann Harner.
From the artist:
Even though it's not quite the same as experiencing art in person, a virtual art show is such a great way for anyone from anywhere to see a special exhibit. Calming or vibrant, color is the star of this show. My paintings are meant to remind you of something in nature that you love, like a butterfly landing on a flower, sunshine illuminating your favorite outdoor space, or the scent of water on stone after rain. My work is all about the essence of nature. It's a creative interpretation, not a copy. My obsession for abstract art drives the shapes, forms, and composition of each piece. I invite you to ponder with me. Seventeen paintings of various sizes will be included in this show. With the gallery link, you will be able to "go into the gallery" and "walk up" to each painting in the room. If you want to own one, you can contact Evan at Caza Sikes for payment and shipping options.
Heidi Harner was born in Enid, Oklahoma. Her Air Force family moved every few years until she entered college, and now she makes her home in Indiana with her husband and their pets. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University, 1993.
Her desire for painting increased during the cubicle years, and in 2004 she began her full-time career in art. Exhibitions, collections, and installations include The Park Avenue Synagogue, New York, NY. 2017 - 2022; the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY; Ivy Tech State College, Lafayette, IN; Lafayette Community Bank, Lafayette, IN; Frankfort Community Public Library, Frankfort, IN. Photo © Tom Rafalovich 2019
Ursula Roma: Fiddles and Flowers
April 3 to May 22, 2020
Our FIRST-EVER virtual exhibition featuring artist Ursula Roma's fine art, metal work and found object sculpture. Items can be delivered AT NO CHARGE to your doorstep using our white glove service and virus-free! They can also be shipped to all 50 states at an additional cost.
I am a multi-media fine artist, designer and sculptor who has lived in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati for over 30 years creating original paintings, found-object assemblage, and metal designs for home and garden.
My flower art consists of taking my complete obsession with color, and trying to recreate the beauty of a garden in full bloom! I create geometric, abstracted, design combinations using contemporary flower shapes. These flower studies allow me to explore color combinations along with abstracted natural shapes in a field of textured color. This layered, dense, expressive wild flower painting work is my attempt to create gardens that won’t die, and will remain vibrant and alive for years to come.
My metalwork started 10 years ago as I began designing functional and decorative metal art for interior and exterior applications. I incorporate my personal illustration style to create panoramic metal panels, window guards, gates, fireplace and privacy screens, as well as, wall art and ornamental garden sculptures.
I have been making found-object wall constructions for over 25 years. My appreciation for the elegant beauty of common objects inspires me to create art from discarded and broken items. Composed of diverse pieces, my constructions combine an array of unrelated items into a unified work. The shape of the object helps determine its fate and guides me in creating its ultimate destiny, thereby giving it a second life.
This show includes four Guardians; female figures that are here to share their vision for all of our futures. They have come to speak for the earth and the voiceless creatures of the planet. The Guardians are Generosity, Empathy, Charity, Compassion*, Vision*, and Love. We must stop sacrificing our air, our environment, and our health. It’s time we respect the gifts that surround us and make our life on earth possible. Our Guardians warn us that we cannot survive if our world is uninhabitable.
I love to do commissions in any medium, and enjoy working with clients to create collaborative works of art. If you have a project idea I’d be happy to discuss it with you. More of my artwork can be found on Instagram and Facebook and at my various websites and blogs listed below. Thank you for viewing my show.
Tom Towhey and Jan Wiesner | Wild Tales
February 7 to March 23, 2020
Opening Reception Friday, February 7th, 2020: 5 pm - 9 pm
Featuring new works by two prominent Cincinnati artists, Tom Towhey and Jan Wiesner. The exhibition will open on February 7th from 5-9 PM and will run through March 23rd.
Jan Wiesner creates figurative ceramic sculptures that have a story to tell. The stories are explorations of the fairytales that are part of our culture and surround and affect women and their lives. Like all fairytales her pieces deal with the distortions between what is and what society's expectations are. They deal with those emotional responses that are often hidden for fear of condemnation. The sculptures also tend to speak of natural and the unnatural aspects of our lives.
Thomas Hieronymus Towhey was born in 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio. While he studied briefly at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati, he is primarily a self-taught artist. He is a founding member of the Maintraum Art Group. Towhey was instrumental in developing after school art programs for the Cincinnati YMCA which included outreach programs for Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He also served as a voluntary art teacher for Cincinnati’s St. Rita’s School for the Deaf. He moved his studio to Sante Fe, New Mexico, for a period in 2006. Currently, Towhey lives and paints in Cincinnati. His work has been represented by numerous galleries and is part of many public and private collections.
Henry Lawrence Faulkner: Artist, Poet, Personality- The Lifetime Collection of Lawrence Lewis
December 7, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Opening Reception Saturday, December 7, 2019 5 pm - 8 pm.
It is with great privilege that Caza Sikes presents this major exhibit and sale of the work of Henry Lawrence Faulkner (Kentucky, 1924-1981), from the Private Collection of Lawrence Lewis. Comprised of 21 paintings and one group of ephemera related to Faulkner’s friend, playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), this Collection is among the largest to have ever been offered for special exhibition and sale since the artist’s death in 1981.
Today Henry Faulkner is still remembered by his collectors, acquaintances, and enthusiasts for countless anecdotes or chance encounters. His legacy, left in the form of his poetry and visual work, is scattered across the country and continental Europe - from Taormina, Italy, the Bluegrass of Kentucky, Florida where he’d shown work and spent time in Key West, in New York where he lived, studied and matured, and elsewhere where a collector may have moved after picking up a painting at a Closson’s Gallery show (Cincinnati, OH) or another purveyor who fell in love with the energetic and quirky artist/intellectual and gave him a chance.
In recent years, Henry Faulkner’s work has begun to attract significant attention on the market, as well as in exhibitions and scholarly endeavors. A major effort to catalog known works and supplement the current biographical information about Faulkner came to pass in the form of “The Gift of Color: Henry Lawrence Faulkner”, the 2015 publication by John Stephen Hockensmith. Currently, production is underway for a documentary film around Faulkner the artist and poet. Undiscovered or unknown works occasionally surface across a wide swath of geographical territory, indicating the many eyes that were drawn to his work during his lifetime. Often these “acquisition stories” include a personal interaction - perhaps a gift, a chance gallery show, a spur of the moment commission.
We hope you can join us at Caza Sikes for this unique exhibition.
Jo Ann Berger and Suzanne Fisher
November 8 to December 3, 2019
Opening Reception Friday, November 8, 2019 5 pm - 9 pm More details to follow!
Sheryl Zacharia, American Ceramicist: Solo Exhibition
October 11 to November 5, 2019
Opening Reception Friday, October 11, 2019 5 pm - 9 pm More details to follow!
The Art of the Automaton
September 13 to October 5, 2019
Opening Reception Friday, September 13, 2019 5 pm - 9 pm
Automaton (noun) - a self-operating machine, or a machine or control mechanism designed to automatically follow a predetermined sequence of operations, or respond to predetermined instructions.
This exhibition features seven prominent automaton makers from across the United States. Working with a variety of styles and mechanisms, including crank-shaft and electrically driven automata, the exhibition is sure to bring out the viewers inner child and playful side. Each piece encourages interaction, is uniquely constructed and vastly different from all of the others.
Featured in the exhibition are the following artists:
The Great Cincinnati/Liuzhou Paintout
July 27 to August 24, 2019
This Plein Air artists exchange is one of many that Cincinnati has planned and produced with our Sister City Liuzhou, China. The formal relationship between our cities began 26 years ago, established and sustained by Beth Tu Hoffman Huddleston and a variety of project committees. Within this project’s 2019 Cincinnati phase, 10 Chinese artists will partner with Cincinnati artists to share 7 days of painting and a month-long exhibition at CAZA Sikes in Oakley, including an artists’ reception opening during the presence of the Chinese in Cincinnati.
The Ren and Christina Egbert Collection of Hand-Colored Photography
June 14 to July 16, 2019
Opening Reception Friday, June 14, 2019 5 pm - 9 pm.
Join us for this museum-quality exhibition featuring the renowned 50-year photography collection of Ren and Christina Egbert. Featured in the exhibit are some of the rarest examples of hand-colored photography. Learn about the process and discuss the collection with the owner on June 14th.
MindGARDENS: Exhibition Curated by Ursula Roma
SHOW EXTENDED to June 11th
May 3 to June 11, 2019
A curated exhibition by Ursula Roma, featuring work by over 40 regional and national artists. Poetry readings and garden talks, plus other fun celebrations of our natural world take place during the month of May.
On Nature: Visionaries and Voices Spring Exhibition
April 5 to April 27, 2019
Caza Sikes is proud to partner up with our neighbor, Visionaries + Voices, in a common cause to promote great regional artists. This exhibition will be hosted at Caza Sikes, drawing from the talented pool of artists working in the V+V organization. This is a group show and will exhibit a range of styles and mediums. Art will be for sale and a percentage of proceeds will be donated to benefit Visionaries and Voices.
Established in 2003, Visionaries + Voices is a non-profit organization that provides exhibition opportunities, studio space, supplies, and support to more than 125 visual artists with disabilities. V+V artists actively contribute to the greater arts community through creative, educational, and strategic partnerships with local and regional artists, schools, and business leaders. V+V is growing a more inclusive arts community in Greater Cincinnati.
The mission of Visionaries + Voices as an inclusive arts organization is to provide creative, professional, and educational opportunities.
The organization helps create a world in which artists with disabilities not only produce and share works of art, but are also given continuous opportunities to learn, develop professionally, collaborate, exhibit, and celebrate with community members.
February 8 to March 31, 2019
An exhibition featuring four prominent Cincinnati artists.
OPENING: February 8th, 5:00 PM
Jimi Jones is a Cincinnati artist and graphic designer. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning and recently retired after a 27 year career as an art director in charge of display design at Procter and Gamble. He was a founding member of the Neo-Ancestralist art movement with exhibitions at the National African American Museum, Wilburforce, Ohio, The University of Cincinnati 850 Gallery, Thomas More College, the Cincinnati Arts Consortium, the Weston Gallery at the Aronoff Center for the Arts and numerous shows at the Contemporary Arts Center. The 2008 exhibition at the Weston Gallery was his first major individual exhibition.
“Most of us spend at least a part of each day staring at a computer screen trying to absorb information; information that is made up of millions of pixels. Viewed up close, each pixel has no meaning. It's only when we pull back and look at the screen as a whole that the pixels turn into recognizable images and absorbable information.As a million pixels make up a viewable screen, a million thoughts about the world run through my head each day and are interpreted in my paintings. Unlike individual pixels, each of my paintings can stand alone. Like individual pixels, each of my paintings is part of a much bigger concept.
Death/Martyrdom, Culture/Africa and Asia, Race/Color, Beauty/Icons, Religion/In the Name Of, Hip Hop/Image. Each the subject of a painting, each an experience in my life. Just as pixels make up your view of the computer screen, these life experiences make up my view of the world.”
Cedric Michael Cox
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, natural, and man-made landscapes.
As a student at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cox was awarded a fellowship to study at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. After receiving his BFA in Painting in 1999, he began to exhibit locally and regionally.
Cox has had solo exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Center, the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, The Taft Museum of Art, PAC Gallery, and Weston Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. In support of his efforts in the visual arts and art education communities, the City of Cincinnati awarded Cox the Individual Artist Grant in 2009. He received a Congressional Award in 2010.
His art has been featured in magazines, on television, and in the college textbook Drawing: Space, Form, and Expression. In addition to his work being in corporate collections, Cox executed two large-scale public murals for the city of Cincinnati and murals in various Public Schools in the Cincinnati region. His recent exhibits include the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, the Phoenix Gallery in Chicago, Sacramento’s Evolve the Gallery, the Harlem Fine Art Exhibition, the Williamsburg Arts and Historical Center Brooklyn, NY, the National Arts League, Douglaston, NY, and The Robeson Gallery at Pennsylvania State University. In 2013, Cox returned to Chicago for the Black Creativity Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry and in July of 2013 Cox had his first solo exhibition in New York at Five Myles Gallery in Brooklyn. In 2014, he returned to New York exhibiting his work at the Skylight Gallery, Arcilesi/Homberg Fine Art and later that year he had a retrospective of his work at Northern Kentucky University followed by an exhibition at Thomas More College in 2015. The Dayton Art Institute awarded him the Yeck Artist In Residence in 2015 and in 2017, Cox had a solo exhibition at The Taft Museum of Art and continues to exhibit his work locally and nationally.
Ricci Michaels is a Navy veteran and legally blind. Continually overcoming personal challenges and becoming an inspirational catalyst for others, both young and old, pieces of her work have been collected by notably strong women, such as Maya Angelou and Esther Rolle. Celebrated locally for her contribution to the community, her work is shown in such prominent galleries as The Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery, The Cincinnati Art Museum, The Cincinnati Freedom Center, as well as the University of Cincinnati’s Law Library.
Not limited in her approach, as Director of the Urban Expression 101 Project, a community outreach program that promotes healing thru the arts with a focus on woman, veterans and those coping with the effects of PTSD; Ricci Michaels believes self-expression is vital to the human spirit and works continually to provide a platform that inspires and enhances the quality of that expression as her purpose.
“I believe in channeling my creative urges in order to produce unique artwork in Cincinnati. The inspiration for my work is the miracle of life.
"Ricci Michaels'" is born out of the combination of my own life experience containing choices made for and by me, which forces my perspective as an artist to delve into blatant realms of yet unexplored life.
Art is how I battle against the indifference of humans and offer new ways of viewing the world.”
Born in Cincinnati, Terence attended SCPA and later earned a degree in art from Tufts University. Prior to striking out on his own, Terence worked for Rookwood Pottery for ten years. He was part of a collaboration in the making of a Rookwood fireplace recently acquired by the Cincinnati Art Museum for the Proctor and Gamble Gallery. Read about it HERE
Read an excellent article published in Cincinnati Magazine HERE on Terence.
Cole Carothers: The Cincinnati Collection
January 1 to February 2, 2019
This special exhibition by Cincinnati native son, Cole Carothers, opens on November 2nd. Over many years, Cole painted Cincinnati landscape scenes. These "windows" looking over the Cincinnati landscape memorialize each place in a moment, in breadth and detail.
Read Jonathan Kamholtz's reveiw of the exhibition published in Aeqai Here
Who is Tom Snider?
December 7 to December 22, 2018
When Tom Snider creates music with his friends, it happens instantaneously and spontaneously. It may start out sounding like Jazz, morph into Sci-Fi, and then back towards Blues or Folk, until finally it becomes what it is. Tom plays multiple instruments, and uses varied techniques, and so it is with his visual art. The life he lives comes through on his canvas using all the bits, pieces, sound-bites, experiences, and tools in his talent -- he just never knows what he is about to paint. He doesn’t know what that thought or experience looks like until he is finished.
Tom Snider’s life’s worth of visual work embodies every aspect of the artist definition; although, he may take issue with the label. He believes we are all born artists and life trains it out of us. Tom has always created, and assumed everyone experienced life and creativity in the same way as he. It is in the expression we all differ, because we are all different. He just is who he is, and he figured everyone else was also. But, the Tom Snider that comes through in his varied works is authentic, creative, vibrant, and accomplished -- in a way the majority of us, and even the majority of artists, are not. He is a rare mind.
Tom is a shy person. His friends tend to be other artists and creatives, those he trusts to appreciate and understand the unique soul and personality he is. His art comes from an unaltered and unfiltered source. Perhaps these are the reasons he has been reluctant to share his work with a broader audience over the years. We are privileged to present his first-ever exhibition.
Tom is a prolific painter, and over the course of his life has covered many subjects, styles and mediums; the consistent mainstay is painting. He works almost every day, because “there is no excuse not to paint”. He paints a style, genre, technique or subject until it is gone, out of him, he is done with it. He then goes in to a hibernation of sorts, a quiet time. These dormant moments bring a kind of anxiety -- another phase may not follow, but since the 1970’s, out of his languidness, another Tom has always emerged.
Tom graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1974. It was a time when teaching realism was out of fashion, yet that is what he wanted to learn, and what he painted. He turned to the influence of Van Gogh and Picasso -- men who painted what they wanted, until they were done, regardless of outside opinion. Towards the end of the 70’s and early 80’s, Tom’s work moved towards looser abstraction, his work began to tighten, and the result is the series we see in this exhibition. He has not painted this type of work since the 1980’s, because he was just finished with it.
As in all of Tom’s work, these paintings reflect his experience. Tom’s work has always been somewhat political, more recently it has been touched with beauty, despair, humor, and pessimism. The works in this exhibition show a deliberate process, an order and vitality through their geometric shapes, patterns, and primary colors. There are moments of unpredictability: a brush stroke, a placement of a shape or color in an unexpected place, a first glance randomness, that come together to create an order. Perhaps Tom was making sense of a time and it’s events, or is it a reflection of a more ordered time?
Part of sharing Tom’s experience, is making it our own. Much like the gift of music when we listen, we get to enjoy all the bits and pieces and mastery of the tools coming together to be what they are. In our appreciation, a master creative gives a voice to our own experiences.
Tom Snider’s works have been acquired by private collectors throughout the world including: London, Vienna, Spain, Columbia, Chicago, Kansas City, Seattle, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Dallas. His works can be found exclusively through Caza Sikes, Cincinnati, OH.