Thank you, Springer School and Center, for selecting me to be your 2023 artist in residence. “Together We Grow,” is a painting I executed with a core group of 8th grade students who share a unique passion for the arts. The painting pays homage to the curriculum that is set up at the school, which allows each student to develop and learn together at a measured and equal pace. In addition to working with the core group of students, I also conducted art lessons for all the students of the school from grades 1st through 8th based around some of my favorite influences from art history. Thank you to the amazing staff and inspiring students for making me feel so at home.
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Local 12 News features New Avondale Murals
Thank you so much, Cassandra Arsenault, of Local 12 News Cincinnati, for covering my 4 new murals in Avondale. Please follow the link below to see her piece.
4 New Murals in Avondale
Cedric Michael Cox recently completed a monumental series of four murals in Avondale, adding to his significant artistic output in the northern Cincinnati suburb. As part of a partnership between Related Affordable, one of the largest developers, financiers and preservationists of affordable and workforce housing in the United States, and Artrepreneur, a certified B Corp and multi-modal onlinemarketplace for the arts, to provide art services and curate original art by commissioned world-class artists in affordable housing communities across the nation, Cox was commissioned to help transform White Oak Townhomes (formerly Colonial Village apartments) at 3641 Irving Street.
His new suite, Welcome Home, in his signature vivid color palette, adds depth and warmth to the facades of four separate east-facing walls. After ten weeks and eight gallons of paint, they were completed in late August 2022 In describing his latest project, Cox said: “The four new murals I created for this Avondale neighborhood are monuments to the healing spirit of joy and community pride. The geometric interplay of rooftops and rectangular patterns reflects the architectural diversity of Avondale and Cincinnati as a whole. Cincinnati has a rich history rooted in the abolitionist movement with the underground railroad. I celebrate that history by using a North Star pattern which symbolizes hope, reminding us of how far we have come.
The multifaceted interplay of color offers a stained-glass quality that reflects the many spiritual institutions of Avondale and the idea of the home as a sacred place. When children go to school and adults leave to go to work, I want them to return home to my murals welcoming them back with vivid inspirational color that uplifts the spirit.”
In completing the White Oak murals—his fifth Avondale project—Cox has imprinted a major part of the landscape along Forest Avenue, just adjacent to Irving Street. He made his first mark in the community twelve years ago at the Avondale Town Center about one mile east on Forest Avenue. Home is Avondale, a monumental 2011 ArtWorks project, was featured in its 10th anniversary book Transforming Cincinnati: How a Decade of ArtWorks Murals Changed People and Communities Forever. Though since replaced by new retail construction, Home (below), also known as the “Avondale Pride Mural,” graced the site for nine years. In 2019, Cox was commissioned to create three
Concurrent with the Town Center installation, the I also created four large-scale interior murals in 2019 for South Avondale School on the theme of civic and school pride (below).
Within the same Avondale corridor, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Kolar Design commissioned a suite of 64 paintings in 2019 for its new Critical Care Building. This exciting new series was created in collaboration with the students of five schools: North Avondale, South Avondale, Rockdale Academy, Woodward Career Tech, and Ludlow High School. Despite a work halt at the start of the pandemic, installation of the entire series finished in 2021 (below).
The success of that project inspired a future commission, yet to be determined, for patients and visitors in an outdoor garden space at Cincinnati Children’s. To celebrate the completion of the White Oak Townhomes project, Chicago-based art production company Artrepreneur produced a short film created by Vincent Roazzi Jr. “Cedric Michael Cox Captures Community Pride,” available to view here. Cox is continuing to work on multiple projects in and around the region.
As the school year comes to an end, I would like to thank Mariemont School District for giving me the opportunity to create and inspire the youth of the school. Last Summer I was commissioned by Mariemont Elementary to create a mural for their courtyard. This school year, Art Teacher, Shelley Kormrska, brought her students to draw in the space and create from what they see. Here are some of the amazing masterpieces that were created. Thank you Mariemont Elementary PTO and Mariemont Arts Association, Principal Ericka Simmons, and Art Educator, Shelley Komrska, for allowing my art to inspire your amazing students. It is truly an honor!
64 Paintings at The New Children’s Hospital Critical Care Building
64 Paintings now installed in Children’s Hospital Critical Care Building
One of the highlights of this year was the recent installation of 64 paintings that I worked on with elementary and high school students for Cincinnati Children’s New Critical Care Building. Thank you Principal Alison of South Avondale, Stephanie Cooper of North Avondale, James Nevil of Rockdale Academy, Robert Keller of Ludlow High School, and Alison Burns of Woodward Career Technical High School for welcoming me into your art classes to engage with your talented students . I am grateful for your students’ passion and dedication to this project. Every painting offers hospital patients, visitors, and staff a bright and vivid visual that comforts, nurtures and heals the spirit. Thank you, Kolar Design, for inviting me to be a part of this amazing project. Thank you, Alison Banz, for framing and installing all the art, and thank you to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for allowing me to have my art in your state of the art Building.