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Duncanson Artist-in-Residence THRIVE: Forward

October 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Union Hall

Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Ya'Ke Smith
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Photo credit: Ye’Ke Smith’s Official Facebook

The final Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program will feature black filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith

Closing out the 33rd annual Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program, Taft Museum of Art and ELEMENTZ bring you THRIVE: Forward, an evening of captivating stories through film, spoken word, and music. The final event will feature black filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith and Cincinnati artists Jamie-Lee Elizabeth and Aziza Love.


The event is free, however, be sure to reserve your tickets at taftmuseum.org. Also, Parking is available at the Mercer Garage, Washington Park Garage, and meters in the surrounding area. Pricing varies.

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This night is sure to ignite emotions and stir your thoughts. Reserve your tickets today.



About Ya’Ke Smith
Ya’Ke Smith’s films have received worldwide acclaim, screening and winning awards at more than 90 film festivals. The Director’s Guild of America, the Student Academy Awards, HBO, Showtime, and the city of Buffalo, New York have honored Smith. His short Katrina’s Son screened at more than 50 film festivals, winning 14 awards. Smith’s debut feature, WOLF, which NPR called “an impressive piece by a young director,” premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival before going on to screen and win awards at festivals across North America; WOLF is now available for download via several video-on-demand outlets. Ya’Ke graduated with his Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin’s film program, where he now lectures.



About Duncanson Artist-in-Residence
The program began in 1986 to honor the achievements of contemporary African American artists working in a variety of disciplines. Also, it honors the relationship between African American painter Robert S. Duncanson and his patron, Nicholas Longworth, who commissioned Duncanson to paint landscape murals in the foyer of his home, now the Taft Museum of Art. The Museum features his breadth of talent through its depth of programming and outreach to the Cincinnati community.

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