(Cincinnati, OH) – The Flats Gallery: a Mount St. Joseph University Urban Arts Partnership, at 3028 Price Avenue in Price Hill, is pleased to announce the opening of We Were All Chiefs: Current Work from Elder High School Alumni. The exhibition runs March 17 – May 2, 2015. The gallery reception is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. The public is welcome to attend.
We Were All Chiefs includes artwork from sixteen Elder High School Alumni: Tom Berninger, Jim Bono, Jim Borgman, Jordan Daugherty, Jim Doerflein, Chris Felix, Tim Gold, Rick Gray, Tom Haney, Woodrow Hinton III, Chris Hoeting, Michael Hurst, Tim McMichael, Jacob Meyer, Louis Stavale, and Joseph Winterhalter. The exhibition was curated by Elder alums David Buetsche and John Wolfer. The title of the exhibition was chosen to pay homage to former Elder art teacher, Bob Beemon. Beemon taught at Elder for 36 years, and is noted as one of the main reasons most of the artists in the exhibition are still producing work today. He used the phrase "chief" to call on a student or to get their attention. Though Beemon would tell students that he used the phrase because he had forgotten their names, the students knew that to be called "chief" meant you were part of a special group—you were an "art guy," and that meant something profound.
Elder High School opened as a four-year high school in the fall of 1922 with an enrollment of 452 students, and became the fourth high school in the City of Cincinnati. The school is built on land acquired from the Sisters of Charity. Elder actually began in 1912, when the parishioners of St. Lawrence Parish in Price Hill persuaded their pastor to add a ninth grade to the elementary school and a tenth grade the following year. The school was named Elder High School to honor the archbishop who had laid the cornerstone of the church in 1886.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 PM; Fridays 3:00 – 6:00 PM, and Saturdays 1:00 – 5:00 PM. The gallery will be closed Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, 2015 for the Easter Holiday. Admission is free. For more information, call 513-244-4223.
Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic, non-profit college of 2,400 students located in Cincinnati, Ohio; Mount St. Joseph University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula.