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DAAP Alumni eNews

August 2015

message from the dean

Greetings DAAP Family,

As we begin a new school year, DAAP has great accomplishments to celebrate and important issues to consider. We ended the 2014-2015 school year showcasing our students' outstanding work with the Google Global Brand Studio's bold DAAPworks campaign. DAAP Fashion—The Show! sold out to a crowd of 1,500 and marked our 10-year collaboration with Macy's for this state-of-the-art event.

This summer, DAAP played a role in Cincinnati's All-Star Game festivities with the creation of 146 Years, Game On! The interactive sculpture was dedicated July 14 on Fountain Square by Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. It contains 1,869 DAAP-designed commemorative baseballs, each of which can be purchased as keepsakes. A portion of the proceeds will fund scholarships for middle and high school students to attend DAAPcamps.

I'm also excited to share with you that UC's Digital Media Collaborative announced its first cross-disciplinary hires in July. Matt Irvine and Kristyn Benedyk are joining UC to launch a groundbreaking new program. A partnership between DAAP, CCM, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, and UC Libraries, the Digital Media Collaborative is positioned to become one of the top media education programs in higher education.

If you followed the news coming out of Cincinnati this summer, you know that the July 19 officer-involved shooting of Samuel DuBose stirred deep emotions and sadness here at UC. To create a space where students, faculty and staff of the University of Cincinnati could draw together, draw upon their experiences, and draw insights from and with each other and our community, DAAP dedicated the Phillip M. Meyers, Jr. Memorial Gallery to UC for the month of August. I encourage you to learn more about how the space has been used by visiting

As the new school year starts, DAAP students will continue to benefit from the generosity of our alumni and friends. The gift-in-kind we received from Monotype last spring will be in full effect, facilitating our communication design students' creative work with free access to thousands of fonts. Gifts like this inspire DAAP students and faculty to bring their extraordinary ideas to life, finding ways to address the challenges of our time and of the future.

Robert Probst

this fall at DAAP

fall gallery exhibitions
DAAP Galleries are kicking off the fall season with "Variable Proportions," a faculty exhibition at the Reed Gallery that explores the concept of input disproportional to output, running August 31- October 4. The opening reception is Thursday, October 1 at 5 pm. The Meyers Gallery will feature the work of painter Stuart Goldman in "NUANCES" September 8 - October 16. The artist's reception is Thursday, September 10 at 5 p.m. For more information on the full season of exhibits, visit and follow DAAP Galleries on Facebook.

Vista Foundation Lecture: Camille Paglia
What does an Egyptian death mask have in common with today's selfie? They both exemplify key moments in the history of portraiture, which Camille Paglia will be discussing when she visits DAAP this October 6 as the School of Art's Vista Foundation Lecturer. Paglia's talk will examine how innovation has influenced the art of portraiture from Ancient Egypt to modern day self-celebrity.

St. Vincent DePaul RetroFittings Fashion Show
Transforming thrift store fashions to runway chic, DAAP Fashion Design sophomores will put $15 spent at St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Stores to work with their imagination, craftsmanship and expertise. Their one-of-a-kind garments will be showcased at this year's "Fantasies, Fables & Fairytales" RetroFittings Fashion Show. The event takes place October 15 at Cincinnati's Music Hall. All proceeds benefit the programs of St. Vincent DePaul.

ACADIA 2015 Conference
If you're feeling an anxiety that you just can't shake, you might be able to attribute it to the complexity of life in the Anthropocene, a term coined by Nobel-Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen to describe the era in which humanity has grown to become its own geophysical force on earth. ACADIA 2015 COMPUTATIONAL ECOLOGIES: Design in the Anthropocene, happening this October 19-25 at DAAP and the 21c Museum Hotel, will explore architecture's potential for improving humanity's changing relationship with the earth. Early (discounted) registration for this conference runs through September 13.

student news

DAAP fashion design students saw their work hit retail in LensCrafters stores earlier this year. Their line of eyewear, Third Culture, was designed to authentically represent the millennial lifestyle. Luxottica documented the entire creative process in a series of videos, including the one above. DAAP fashion design students and faculty are looking forward to working with Luxottica on another studio project this year.

Interior Design graduating senior Gabrielle Enzweiler's eNEW Retail Space project was recognized with a SOURCE Award for lighting design from the Eaton Corporation. It was the 38th year of the competition and Enzweiler's project was recognized for its minimalistic and collaborative design in which the lighting correlates to the shopping experience. Enzweiler accepted the award at LIGHTFAIR® International, the world's largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Planning participated in Social Justice and the City this past spring, a course led by professor Jan Fritz that focused on the national Cities for CEDAW initiative. The students met with leaders of non-governmental organizations in Cincinnati to talk about the campaign to get 100 cities to support the UN Convention against all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW).

DAAP fine arts students kicked off their summer with the annual Duck Tape® Exhibition. Sponsored by ShurTech Brands, LLC, the manufacturers of Duck Tape® brand duct tape, this year's exhibition theme was Tropical Paradise and featured larger-than-life sculptures including a pink yard flamingo, tiki bar and ocean turtle. After the exhibition at DAAP, the artwork moved to Avon, Ohio and is now part of ShurTech's permanent collection, along with DAAP Duck Tape® sculptures from year past.

The DAAP School of Art and School of Planning continued their third summer of partnership with a collaborative studio class focused on public art and urban planning. Working with the Corporation for Findlay Market, People's Liberty and the Haile Foundation, the class explored ways to make Pleasant Street in Over the Rhine a pedestrian thoroughfare and connector between Findlay Market and Washington Park, one of which was the wiffle ball Field of Greens. UC's MetroLAB added to the initiative with their Parklets on Pleasant project.

University of Cincinnati architecture students Jon Lund, Narek Mirzaei and Luis Sabater took the top prize at the perFORM Buidling Design Competition in Portland this summer. Their design, 3 Green Bars Building, drew inspiration from Danish cohousing to beat out over 50 other applicants.

Fine Arts Faculty Members Kristopher Holland and Jordan Tate led DAAP students in a study abroad course in Berlin this summer at Kunsthalle am HamburgStrasse.
The studio and theory course featured an international student exhibition on August 20 and is documented on the Tumblr proof-of-berlin.

UC MetroLAB students studying with Associate Professor Jim Postell and the Niehoff Urban Studio and Community Design Center contributed to initiatives with the Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses which were unveiled in July with the help of hundreds of volunteers from Procter & Gamble, the Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball.

Design concepts conceived by the Live Well Collaborative to improve patient and family experiences at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Pediatric Primary Care Clinic were implemented this summer with support from The Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball.

faculty news

UC Vice-Provost Kristi Nelson received the President's Award for Excellence, one of the university's highest honors, this summer. Retiring after 36 years at UC, Nelson has served as a faculty member in art history, director of graduate studies and associate dean for academic affairs at DAAP, as well as numerous other leadership positions across the university and as a UC representative to the Ohio Board of Regents.

This summer, five of DAAP's familiar faces retired from full-time faculty positions. Each one has different plans for the years ahead, from opening a home-goods boutique to continuing to work with students part time. Check out our Facebook gallery with some parting words from each of these people who have made their own unique and lasting contributions to DAAP.

DAAP Fine Arts announced the launch of its co-op program this year. Bringing co-op to fine arts was a goal of Kate Bonansinga when she joined DAAP as the Director of the School of Art in 2012. This will be the only fine arts co-op program offered at a public university in the United States.

Associate Professor Yoshiko Burke was part of a group of students and faculty from DAAP, CCM and McMicken College of Arts & Sciences to document Expedition Alaska 2015 as part of UC's Production Master Class. This is the fourth year of the class, which takes students out into the field to produce a documentary series for a national television audience. The group's 2014 documentary was recently nominated for an Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award.

Associate Professor of Horticulture Virginia Russell is moderating two panel discussions at the CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in New York October 5-8. The discusions will focus on innovation in research and design and innovation in green roof soil substrates.

Professor Emerita Jane Alden Stevens' photographs of WWI battlefields, cemeteries, memorials and mementos are on display at the Dayton Art Institute. Her "Tears of Stone" exhibit runs through October 4.

School of Planning Professor David Varady presented the paper "Segregation: Five Books, Five Views," at a meeting of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) in Lisbon, Portugal on July 1.

Professor Emeritus Frank Herrmann, retired professor of fine arts, is featured in an Ohio Arts Council Exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Riffe Gallery in Columbus. "Flashback to Now" highlights 15 of the Ohio Arts Council's (OAC) earliest individual artist grant recipients of the 1980s and runs through October 18. Herrmann's work will also be featured in an exhibition at the Clay Street Press Gallery titled "Monoprints and Other Works" opening September 25.

Fruth/Gemini Chair and Associate Professor of Urbanism Vickas Mehta was featured as one of 16 keynote speaker at Future of Places III (FoP) in Stockholm, Sweden. Organized by the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson foundation and co-organized by the UN Habitat and Project for Public Spaces, FoP III focused on the subject of public space, placemaking, place governence. You can watch Professor Mehta's keynote online.

Assistant Professor Katie Parker and Adjunct Instructor Guy Michael Davis have been awarded Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowships. Parker will use the Fellowship for research at New York's Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. Davis will spend his fellowship at The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The two will combine their research into a large-scale installation exploring natural history and the
decorative arts.

alumni news

on the move

Tahsin Mert (MSDE '86) accepted a position as a Sales Associate at Coldwell Banker West Shell in Cincinnati.
Alan Hopfensperger (BSDE '87) is now working as a graphic designer at Curiosity Advertising in Cincinnati.
Timothy Sharp (BARC '88) is now Vice President of Megen Construction Co., Inc. in Cincinnati.
Steve Tuckerman (BARC '90) has been named Premier Region President of Drees Homes in Cleveland, OH.
Peter Mallow (BUP '00 and PhD Regional Development '13) is now the Associate Director of Health Economics at CT Clinical Trial and Consulting Services in Cincinnati.
Doug Richards (BSARC '94) has been promoted to Director of Architecture & Hospitality at FRCH Design Worldwide in Cincinnati.
Seth Oakley (BARC '03) has been promoted to Cincinnati Operations Manager of M+A Architects in Columbus, OH.
Mercedeh Namei (BSARC '05 and MARCH '07) is now a project coordinator at Reztark Design Studio.
Naashom Marx (MCP Planning '08) has been named Vice President of Business Growth & International Trade at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
Erin Hood (BSDE/UHS '10) has joined FRCH Design Worldwide in Cincinnati.
Julia Labenthal (BSID '14) joined FRCH Design Worldwide in Cincinnati as an Interior Designer.

in the press

Amanda Topits Cacaro's
(Fashion Design '12) bridal salon, Hyde Park Bridal, was named one of the "Best Bridal Salons in the Midwest" by Brides magazine.

Matt Anthony (Industrial Design '08, MDes '11) visited the White House to accept a Small Business Growth Accelerator grant for First Batch, which supports physical product startups and regional manufacturing as part of Cincinnati Made. This is the third award the First Batch has received this year, and it is helping the organization expand its reach and mentor additional startups.

Jason Snell (BFA '00) authored an editorial in The Cincinnati Business Courier, expressing his passion for Cincinnati's creative community and detailing the series of Cincinnati legends murals he has created with ArtWorks.

Artist Beverly Erschell (BFA '69, MFA '71) was featured in Fort Thomas Matters.

Kristen (Page) Tomlan (Interior Design/UHS '11) and her company, Cookie DO, were featured in Business Insider. Tomlan's line of edible cookie dough comes in 19 flavors and includes grain-free and vegan options.

alumni events

The DAAP Alumni Association is hosting two DAAPmade events in Cincinnati this fall. Friday, September 25, they will meet at Clay Street Press and Friday, November 13, they will gather at Rookwood Pottery. Both events start at 5:30 pm.

UC alumni survey

The University of Cincinnati Alumni Association wants to hear from you! The 2015 Alumni Survey runs through September 4. Alumni participation will inform our programming and contribute to the future growth and development of UC.

giving back

make an impact on tomorrow by giving today

Contributions from alumni, friends, corporations and co-op partners help DAAP stay at the forefront of design education. Your support also opens doors for talented students who lack the resources to pursue their dreams. The gift you make today could pave the way to a better life for one of our students tomorrow!

The UC DAAP Telefund campaign is starting soon -- please consider giving to DAAP with the confidence that your gift really does make a difference. This year, gifts to the Annual Fund will support competitive scholarships for our students, upgrades to digital equipment and studios, as well as other classroom renovations, increased funding of the Research Lab and Rapid Prototyping Center to include a range of materials, cutting-edge technology, and new ways to experiment and innovate.

You can also make a gift online.

Thank you for your meaningful support!



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