Short Vine to 'Pop' to life with 4-gallery show Friday night

CINCINNATI -- Clifton will “pop” to life Friday night with artwork from some of the top young artists the Queen City has to offer.

Pop-Up Art is a one-night-only experience that celebrates the multidisciplinary styles of first- and second-year students in the Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of Cincinnati, according to event organizer Catherine Richards. She's with the group Pop-Up Cincy .

The event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., features the artwork of 38 students from around the globe whose creative outputs include painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, performance and new media at four galleries in and around the Short Vine area of Clifton.

“I’d say the theme would be diversity – diversity of work and diversity of students,” said Richards, an adjunct professor in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at UC.

“Events like this give students a chance to show off work that wouldn't necessarily be seen outside their studios or in small shows."

Beyond the chance to earn recognition for budding young artists, she views the art show as a transformative experience for the entire neighborhood.

“It’s also about the revitalization of Short Vine and the neighborhood,” said Richards, who received a Master’s in architecture at UC and has a passion for urban planning. "The MFA Students ... are excited to place their work in the context of a revitalized Short Vine Street."

She described the show as an “inside-out transformation” that will provide attendees with a chance to look at the beauty of not only the artwork but also the part of town where it’s on display.

One of the ways the organizers planned to do that was by turning nontraditional art spaces and “underutilized” buildings into hubs for creativity, Richards said.

“The galleries are temporary and celebrate unique experiences. They'll give people a chance to see how much Cincinnati has to offer and how rich it is,” she said.

Views on Vine at 2975 Vine Street will serve as the central gallery in Friday's show. Three other galleries involved are nontraditional gallery spaces:                                

  • 2606 Vine Street at the corner of Corry and Vine streets
  • 2619 Glendora Avenue at the building behind Bogart’s
  • 2728 Vine St. at the Niehoff Design Center

While it's charged by creativity, Friday’s show is not unique. Richards and her team have worked on pop-up boutiques featuring various goods for the past few years. They continue to do it for years to come.

Their goal is to breathe life into the careers of young artists, neighborhoods around Cincinnati and the area's overall creative community.

“(The shops) are a way to showcase all the talent and creativity in Cincinnati,” she said.

Richards says Pop-Up Cincy is planning three to five events for the first season of 2014.

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/popup.cincy or call (513) 861-8726.

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