“Red Hot Blues” Clifton Cultural Arts Center Mural

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It was an absolute honor to be invited to design and execute a mural for the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. During the month of May, myself along with 4th,5th, and 6th grade students from Fairview-Clifton German Language School and my talented art friends cranked out this 5 x 42 foot cubist montage inspired by the art of Juan Gris. The mural faces the front lawn of CCAC, the historic and recently restored Probasco Fountain, as well as the intersection of Woolper and Clifton Avenues, which sees more than 40,000 vehicles each day. I would like to thank Fairview’s art instructor Katie Mitalski and her students for giving their all in helping this vision come to life. I would also like to thank my talented crew of art friends Previn Noble, Ann Knellinger, Diamond Snowden, Jan Brown Checco, and Evan Shelton for working through the good and bad weather making this mural the vivid masterpiece it is. Most of all I would like to thank Leslie Mooney and the CCAC staff for giving me this opportunity to let loose and create a work of art that speaks to the enduring creative spirit of the arts.

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HEMI and Where the Wind Takes Us

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Where the Wind Takes US by Hemi Mentors and Mentees and Cedric Michael Cox, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

For the past two years, the mentees and mentors of the Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI), have assisted me in the creation and execution of works of art that express our mission and vision.  Where the Wind Takes Us, our most recent work, celebrates the dreams and aspirations of the HEMI mentees and how education shapes our future.  The open book with the cityscape of Cincinnati is where the story starts. The bird and sun compass are symbols of time moving forward and the freedom of exploration. The map of the world reminds us that our journey can take us anywhere we want to go. The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative helps prepare foster youth for educational opportunities beyond high school. The HEMI Program recruits, trains, and supports mentors to establish positive long-term relationships with foster youth.

Where the Wind Takes Us will be auctioned off at the HEMI’s annual fundraiser, Run for the Roses! The Sixth Annual Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Fundraising Event is scheduled for 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7, 2016, but you can bid now. To bid on this work of art email me at cedricmichaelcox@cedricmichaelcox.com register for bidding. The winner will be announced at the Derby event on May 7th 2016, and the highest bidder will take the home this wonderful work of art!

To learn more about HEMI, follow this link.

 http://www.uc.edu/cechpass/hemi.html

 

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Polly Magazine on news stands now!

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Photograph by Deogracias Lerma

It is an honor to be included in the first issue of Polly Magazine. Managing Editor and Author  Sharmaine McLaren  gives an up close and personal look at my work and my life long passion in the arts. You can get an issue of Polly at Barns and Noble and Joseph-Beth Book Sellers.You can also chech out the article at this link

 

Brian Joiner and Paul Klee, Sources of Inspiration for the exhibition “Inspired” at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center” currated by Saad Ghosen

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Brian’s Dream by Cedric Michael Cox inspired by the work of Paul Klee and Brian Joiner

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Join me Saturday January 18th  from 6 – 8 pm,  for the opening reception of  Inspiration at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center. This exhibition will feature artist who created works of art inspired by the people and places that inspire them. The work that I submitted for the show was inspired by two paintings by German Swiss painter, Paul Klee and a painting by Cincinnati based painter Brain Joiner. Gallery talk for this show  will be on Saturday February  5th, from 1 – 3  and the exhibition will continue through March 1st.
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