FOUR OF CINCINNATI’S MOST PROMINENT AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS TEAM UP FOR ‘CULTURAL COMPOSITIONS’ EXHIBIT AT CAZA SIKES

In an exhibition celebrating diverse culture, music and world views, Caza Sikes, an art gallery in Oakley, is presenting a curated show featuring four prominent Cincinnati African-American artists. Opening on February 8th and running until March 15th, the exhibition discusses and visits themes centered around jazz music, rock and roll, hip hop, politics and influential people in these genres.

Paintings range from in size from 12 feet long to much smaller works with new pieces for sale from artists Cedric Michael Cox and Terence Hammonds. Cox will be offering work for sale from his solo exhibition most recently held at the Taft Museum of Art.

Anchoring the show is a piece titled "Hoods in the Hoods" by artist Jimi Jones. Hanging at a monumental 6 ft high by 12 feet wide, the painting depicts hip-hop legends from Jay-Z to Eminem (images attached). Jones has pieces hanging in institutions all over the country, including the Smithsonian Institute.

EXHIBITION DETAILS

The exhibition opens on February 8th from 5-9 PM at the Caza Sikes Gallery located at 3078 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are complimentary on opening night.

ARTIST BIOS

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.

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. 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.

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.

Born in Cincinnati, Terence Hammonds 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.

Jackie Reau