In its 20th year, SOS Art is exhibiting more than 150 artists over 17 days

This week, artists will begin submitting their work to curator Saad Ghosn for an exhibition at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. In just a few days, Saad will be hanging the works of more than 150 artists with an extremely small crew. He’s been doing this for 20 years.

SOS Art opens on Friday 24 June for a 17-day exhibition on peace and justice. More than 150 artists will participate and the exhibition will also include mini-prints by more than 40 artists.

The event saw its early years during the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and many works reflected anti-war sentiment. Now in the 20thth year, many artists are reflecting on LGBTQ rights and racial justice. But the range of topics has always been broad and local artists make diverse statements in support of justice and peace.

Opening night, with opening remarks, music and a potluck reception, will be on Friday, June 24 from 6pm to 9pm. The event concludes on Sunday, July 10, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a “walk and talk” by the artists. a dance performance, an artist meeting and potluck. There will be an event on Thursday, July 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. where art responds to racial discrimination and violence.

To join Cincinnati Edition to discuss SOS Art are organizer, founder and artist Saad Ghosn; SOS Art Honorary Board Member, Art Academy of Cincinnati Professor Emeritus and Artist Gary Gaffney; and SOS Art Board member, educator and artist Jamie Schorch.

Listen Cincinnati Edition live at noon MF. Audio for this segment will be uploaded after 4:00pm ET.

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