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DAAPWorks June 3-9

Date: May 22, 2002
By: Nancy Brinker
Photos by Colleen Kelley
Archive: News

You don't have to travel to New York, Paris, Florence or Rome to see world-class art and design. There will be plenty right here on campus, beginning June 3 as the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) opens its year-end senior show, DAAPWorks.

"DAAP City" -- as the Aronoff Center for Design and Art is sometimes called -- will transform itself into a world-class gallery. The exhibition will feature cutting edge painting, photography, sculpture and interior, architecture, graphic, industrial, digital, urban, product, and fashion designs -- all the work of over 325 graduating seniors in the DAAP Class of 2002.

The theme of this year's exhibition is Shift, a word indicative of the lifetime changes that lie immediately ahead for the graduates. The students have been at work for over five years in pursuit of a coveted degree in the creative world of art and design.

Architecture students will present projects as diverse as an "Orchid House," a "Rock and Roll Museum, a "Zen Bonsai studio" and "A Catholic Mission Church." Fine art installations offer provocative viewing with pieces entitled "dang Betty," "Destructive Beauty," "Life Within a House" and "Finding an Order in the Chaos." The graphic designers will unveil, "Capstone Project," a project for the Civic Garden Center. The industrial design department will showcase a huge array of functional objects, including cars, furniture, athletic shoes and camping systems. The designers of the future, the Digital Group, will present electronic work that ranges from the "Artists of Woodstock 1969" to "Networked Literature: The Bible."

Urban planners will reveal a wide range of concepts -- some geared to revitalizing greater Cincinnati spaces, including downtown Covington, Over-the-Rhine and the Skywalk System.

DAAPWorks opens on June 3 at 5:30 p.m. with a reception sponsored by the DAAP Alumni Governing Board. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain open through June 9. Viewing hours are Tuesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 6, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, June 7, 3 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, June 9, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 556-5465.

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