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KURT GRANNAN | Out of the Dark

Kurt Grannan’s expressionistic paintings explore our existential nooks and crannies—those universal frailties that can break us, yet more assuredly make us human. 

Oil painter and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Mount St. Joseph University, KURT GRANNAN’s operative philosophy bespeaks his teaching nature and artistic service: “When a creative uses their talent to address a social issue, change is on the horizon. This sort of thinking can add depth to their work and at the same time promote positive change to better humanity.” Accordingly, GRANNAN’s work is a constant struggle for understanding, communication and solution, whether the issue is societal (the opioid epidemic) or personal (the search for self and belonging). This exhibit of selected figurative work teeters between expressionistic and surreal illusion in conveying the latter. His muscular execution creates a tension between the canvas and viewer, uncertain whether we are peeling the onion from the outside, or whether the revelatory core is reaching out to us. The meeting point in that push-and-pull is the familiar feeling of being uncertain about one’s self and milieu.

Current Exhibit

CHRIS FELIX and TAYLOR HELMS | Out of the Park

Chris Felix’s renowned baseball art captures the soul of game and the heart of its players. Taylor Helms grew up in baseball, and applies that tradition of excellence to her emerging fine art career. 

Chris Felix, a student of baseball history and manager/player for the Reds Hall of Fame historic baseball team, brings his lifelong love of the game to his fine art acrylic painting. As a boy, Felix’s pencil sketch of Johnny Bench won him a Cincinnati Reds autographed baseball in a local department store’s “Draw Your Favorite Reds Player” contest; and a few decades later, he was exhibiting at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. His work has been exhibited at prestigious institutions such as The Louisville Slugger Museum, The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (New York), Cincinnati Museum Center, The National Art Museum of Sport (Indianapolis), The George Krevsky Gallery (San Francisco), and Convivio Center (San Diego). And, The Topps Card Co. commissioned him to do 10 paintings for the 2010 National Chicle Baseball Card set. A graduate of the College of Art Advertising (Cincinnati), his art career also includes graphic design, scenic design for major amusement parks, and toy prototype painting for Hasbro and Warner Brothers.

Introducing Taylor Helms, an emerging artist whose work includes illustration, large scale murals and theatrical sets. She depicts ordinary life with extraordinary insight. A Fine Art student at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Taylor already has a strong body of commissioned work. Her ability to produce under pressure follows her family's tradition; Taylor comes from a legendary pro-baseball family of numerous players—its patriarch, her grandfather, Tommy Helms, former player, manager and Golden Glover, is the subject of Chris Felix’s above-featured painting.

Opening pARTy—Friday, April 6th, 5:00-8:00 pm

Final Friday OTR—April 27th, May 25th, 4:30-10:30 pm

Last Look Café—Saturday, May 26th, 2:00-8:00 pm