Blue Ash artist creates a game for his autistic son and, in the process, for any other child

'A Dinosaur Says Moo' at Contemporary Arts Center

CINCINNATI -- Ryan Mulligan’s life changed, and so did his art, when his young son, Hobbs, was diagnosed with autism.

Now 3, Hobbs is an everyday joy and challenge to his parents, and Mulligan reflects that in his latest artistic project. “The Dinosaur says Moo,” in the UnMuseum at the Contemporary Arts Center , resembles a mini golf course, but Mulligan has infused the installation with Hobbsian shapes, squiggles and rules of play—meaning, no rules.

Mulligan is a Virginia native who moved here seven years ago with his teaching position at the University of Cincinnati, where he’s an assistant professor focusing on two- and three-dimensional art. He and his family recently moved to Blue Ash.

In this video, WCPO arts reporter Matt Peiken talks with Mulligan about creating art that mirrors and engages his son’s world. You can learn more about Mulligan and his son at Mulligan’s blog, A Dinosaur Says Moo —the exhibition and blog title coming from Hobbs’ response of “Moo” when asked once about the sound a dinosaur makes.

“A Dinosaur Says Moo” is playable at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center’s UnMuseum, where it will reside through much of 2014.


What: "A Dinosaur Says Moo," installation by Blue Ash artist and UC assistant art professor Ryan Mulligan

Where: UnMuseum, inside the Contemporary Arts Center, 44 #. 6th St., Cincinnati

When: Regular museum hours, ongoing

Info: or (513) 345-8400

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