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Ryan Mulligan

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 4280C Aronoff Center
Tel: 513-556-2962

Professor Mulligan is the coordinator of First Year Studies in fine art.  His primary research project is the Hero Design Company, a program that combines art therapy with design thinking serving underprivileged children and patients and families at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.  His most recent commissioned work for the Contemporary Art Center of Cincinnati is an integrated accessibility putt-putt course with therapeutic elements designed to make gestures to the sensory processing disorder and autism community.  His sophomore research studio combines social practice and research. This class has produced artwork for a pediatric ICU of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and has collaborated with adult artists with disabilities who work through Visionaries and Voices of Cincinnati.  Exhibitions include the Baltimore Contemporary Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, the University of Central Arkansas, the University of Maine at Augusta, Bradley University, and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.


  • Masters of Fine Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2005 (Art).
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2003 (Art).

Research Information

Research Interests

Performance, Epic Lectures, Cooking Lectures, Culture Jams Ryan's Installations are "choose your own adventures in epic scale" His performances are "info-tainment monologues" He is now a member of "The Center For Improved Living" with artist Marc Horowitz, which will be exhibiting at Scope New York in 2008!

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2008 to Present, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati,OH.
  • 2004 to 2006, Adjunct Faculty, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
  • 2003 to 2004, Graduate Assistant, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Additional Information

Solo Exhibitions

  • A Dinosaur Says Moo, Contemporary Art Center, (Cincinnati OH)
  • Inventories and Diagrams: PAC Gallery, (Cincinnati OH)
  • Step in Time: University of Maine at Augusta, (Augusta, MN)
  • A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: Wayfarers Gallery, (Brooklyn NY)
  • Howdy Gravy: Wayfarers Gallery, (Brooklyn NY)
  • Someone Wore Their Fancy Pants: Youngstown State University, (Youngstown OH)
  • My Son, The Future Time Traveler: Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, (Indianapolis IN)
  • Channel Surfing ‘Til Sunday: Semantics Gallery, (Cincinnati OH)
  • Thanks, Mary Blair: Essex Studios, (Cincinnati OH)
  • Emergency Meeting: Faculty Office Project Space, Art Academy of Cincinnati, (Cincinnati OH)
  • October Sky: DAAP Library (permanent installation), University of Cincinnati, (Cincinnati OH)
  • Naked Ben Franklin: Curated by Maiza Hixson, Pterodactyl Gallery, (Philadelphia PA)
  • I’ll Just Ask Dad: Juried, Weston Gallery, (Cincinnati OH)
  • Self Help Made Easy: Curated by Paula Katz and Maiza Hixson, Herron University, (Indianapolis IN)
  • I Invented a Restaurant That Only Serves Side Dishes: Curated by Maiza Hixson, Contemporary Art Center,(Cincinnati OH)
  • If Art is a Conversation: DAAP, University of Cincinnati, (Cincinnati OH)
  • The Cure for Every Known Disease: The Meyers Gallery, University of Cincinnati, (Cincinnati OH)
  • Everyone Wants to be a Hero: The Basement Gallery, (Knoxville TN)
  • A Personal History of the Caesar Salad: DAAP, University of Cincinnati, (Cincinnati OH)
  • Chow: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, (Richmond VA)
  • Defensive Tour: Inns of Virginia, (Richmond VA)
  • Introductory Lecture: Commons Theatre, Virginia Commonwealth University, (Richmond VA)
  • Defense is the Best Defense: Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, (Richmond VA)
  • Faith in Ikea: Inns of Virginia, (Richmond VA)
  • Soup Lecture 2.0: Hockshop Gallery, (Chicago IL)
  • The Clutter Lecture: 1000 W. Broad, (Richmond VA)