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May 19, 2019 | 2 p.m.

The Fifth Annual Asian Art Lecture

Shared Harmonies: Chinese Art and Music

Dr. Hou-mei Sung, CAM Curator of Asian Art, and Ming Ke, musician, will present an exciting lecture and demonstration. Chinese painting and music share common artistic ideas and aesthetic principles. Dr. Sung will give a brief overview of key concepts and Ms. Ke will demonstrate the traditional pipa music of Bawang xiejia (King Chu Doffs His Armour), which describes the tragic event when the legendary hero Xiang Yu lost the decisive battle to his rival Liu Bei, the founder of the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). The piece highlights a wide range of the artist’s complex techniques and virtuosity with speed, precision, and restraint.

FREE | Reservations recommended.

The 19th Annual Benesse Lecture: Burning Man Founder Michael Mikel aka "Danger Ranger" and Associate Director of Burning Man Arts Katie Hazard

June 6, 2019 | 7 p.m. 

The annual Benesse Lecture on Art was founded in 1995 by the Benesse Corporation as part of a cultural exchange between the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Kuniyoshi Museum in Tokyo. The goal of the Benesse Lecture is a greater understanding of art.

Please note that Founder Crimson Rose will not be in attendance as she was injured in a recent accident. She is resting and should be recovered soon, but is unable to travel to the museum for the talk and blessing. She sends her love.     

Michael Mikel aka "Danger Ranger"

Burning Man co-founder, Founding Board Member Burning Man Project

Michael Mikel, aka Danger Ranger, participated in Burning Man for the first time in 1988, and over the years became deeply involved with Burning Man’s evolution and progress. His interest in social engagement found expression as a founding member of the San Francisco Cacophony Society. In 1991, he brought the first art car to the Burning Man event. A year later, Michael edited the first Black Rock City newspaper and founded Black Rock City’s force of non-confrontational community mediators and facilitators of public safety, the Black Rock Rangers. Michael began his Silicon Valley career as an electro-mechanical systems engineer for Fairchild Semiconductor in the 1970s and developed the first robotic assembly line for Apple’s Fremont plant in 1986. Throughout the year, Michael lends his guidance and wisdom to navigate Burning Man into the future.

Katie Hazard

Associate Director, Burning Man Arts

Katie Hazard (yes that’s her real last name) is the Associate Director of Burning Man Arts and the Lead of the Art Department. She oversees the selection, placement, and installation of 400 artworks annually in Black Rock City and beyond. Burning Man art has been Katie’s passion since 2000, and her profession since 2013. Prior to joining the year-round Burning Man staff, she pursued her love of art and culture through her work with museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, and as a Senior Grants Manager at Harvard University. She holds a degree in Art History from the University of Notre Dame, and was a founding member of an arts festival and an artist workspace in New England. Katie is dedicated to the concept of changing the paradigm of art from a commodified object to an interactive, participatory, shared experience of creative expression.

Free. Reservations not Required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Meet in the Fath Auditorium.

The 19th annual Benesse Lecture is endowed by the Benesse Corporation.

May 1, 2019 | 2 p.m.


The History of Ohio’s first 100 years in 10 objects

with Andrew Richmond, President and CEO of Wipak Consulting and Appraisals

From simple log cabins to Gilded Age mansions, from wagons to locomotives, and from pioneer settlements to booming urban centers, Ohio’s first one hundred years was an age of progress. Inspired by the British Museum's serial podcast “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” this lecture will tell the story of Ohio’s first century, from the first legal settlement in 1788 to the celebration of the Northwest Territory centennial in 1888, through ten cultural artifacts. These artifacts represent individuals, movements, and moments in time, and they can be assembled into an exciting narrative about Ohio’s early years.

Fath Auditorium with Tea to follow in the Great Hall.

Free for Art Museum and NSCDA Ohio Members. $10 for the general public. Reservations required.

This annual lecture is presented by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of American in the State of Ohio


March 10, 2019 | Time: 2 p.m.

The 23rd Annual Kreines Lecture on Decorative Art and Design:

Art Nouveau—What’s in a Name?

with Dr. Martin Eidelberg

Art Nouveau is often discussed as a singular style, but in truth, it embraced a diversity of ideas and expressions including those inspired by nature, geometry and Japanese art. Join Dr. Martin Eidelberg for an eye-opening look at how this glorious mix of styles came into existence, and discover how Siegfried Bing’s Parisian gallery, “L’Art Nouveau” further influenced the movement and stimulated the creation of extraordinarily beautiful and original objects at the turn of the twentieth century.

This annual lecture on decorative art and design is presented by Mrs. Barbara Kreines and the Decorative Arts Society of Cincinnati in memory of Dr. Kenneth Kreines.

Fath Auditorium | FREE, Reservations Recommended

NKU Symposium: Topophilia: The Art of Place

April 3, 2019 | 6:30–8:15 p.m. | Fath Auditorium

In prose. In poetry. In photography. In music. Place inspires artists. Our artists will explore their relationship with place—and how it informs their work. Each will take a turn, reading or performing and then join each other to discuss art and the love of place. Q&A to follow.”



Rachael Banks, photographer

Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, narrative nonfiction writer

George Ella Lyon, poet

Mike Oberst, musician

Richard Taylor, poet/novelist



Northern Kentucky University: Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and the Friends of Steely Library

Additional generous support: DBL Law, Kentucky Humanities, Lewisburg Gateway LLC, Neikirk family, Northern Kentucky Tribune, Roebling Point Books & Coffee, Ron Ellis in memory of Debbie Ellis, and Zalla Companies

Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style Lecture with Akiko Fukai

Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 7–8 p.m.

Join Akiko Fukai, Director and Curator Emeritus at the Kyoto Costume Institute to learn more about the special exhibition, Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style, and how the kimono influenced Western fashion from the 1870s to the present day. Fath Auditorium.

General Adult: $10, Members: Free. Reservations Required. Make a reservation by clicking the "Purchase Tickets" link or by calling (513) 721-ARTS.