FieldTrip is an online arts forum created by a coalition of college students based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
We document and respond to art events, exhibitions and contemporary issues that speak to our geography, interests, and practices.
As a group we seek to establish an online forum for students to explore and expand their individual voices in writing and critical thinking about the arts and issues affecting our contemporary world.
FieldTrip aspires to offer new and needed perspectives on the arts in our city, and the issues of our time.
FieldTrip is affiliated with Wave Pool Gallery
Annabel Biernat is currently enrolled at The University of Cincinnati, studying as a second year Fine Arts student. With a passion for art, she spent her first year of school developing her skills in the critique and praise of contemporary works through writing. She strives to show this passion in her writing with a critical and insightful discussion of the works and issues she highlights. Along with this, she takes great enjoyment out of the viewing of local art and artist talks in the area. This drive to view and discuss local work is not a chore, but rather an exciting new challenge for an aspiring artist.
Originally from Northern Kentucky, Annabel has recently moved into Cincinnati to be closer to The University, and is excited to explore her new home through the eyes of an artist.
Eric Shell was born in Kansas City, Kansas, but spent the majority of his life growing up in Columbus, Ohio. He began creating at a young age, beginning a lifelong passion of the arts. Eric was homeschooled though high school and was also an active member of a local 4-H club where he further explored fine art and even competed in state-wide competitions, wining the Outstanding of the Day award for creative arts twice. Eric has also selected to exhibit in the “At Capacity” show at DAAP’s 840 Gallery. He has assisted with a Western Hills High school mural alongside painter Cedric Cox and was recently included in a DAAP portfolio review exhibition at UC’s campus. He is currently working towards his BFA at the University of Cincinnati and is a gallery assistant at Wave Pool Contemporary Arts Gallery. He works primarily in pop art, collage, and graffiti inspired mediums as well as digital multimedia.
Macartney Greer--Halloween enthusiast and child of Beatles Fans--is currently a 3rd year Fine Arts major (Art History minor) at the University of Cincinnati's School of Art at DAAP. Macartney focuses on personal experiences and everyday ironies in the forms of drawing, and printmaking. Recently inspired by incorporating text into her work, she takes notes from Jenny Holzer's and Miranda July's honest works. Aside from her studies, she is involved with Wave Pool as a gallery volunteer and explores the arts that Cincinnati has to offer.
Originally from Cleveland, Senja Toivonen is a second-year Fine Arts student at the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, she is minoring in Art History and pursuing certificates in Critical Visions as well as Journalism. Senja is passionate about writing and all things contemporary art. Currently in her own practices, she is exploring concepts revolving around text and narrative, contemporary art trends, and internet culture.
A native Cincinnatian, Stephanie Cuyubamba Kong is a Fine Arts student in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. As a student, she is also part of the University Honors Program, DAAP Alliance, and serves as a DAAP Ambassador. Additionally, she performs in the University Symphony Orchestra and maintains a musical practice outside of the University. As a graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Stephanie has spent time navigating the local visual and performing arts communities.
Stephanie believes in promoting discourse about current issues involving the public and creative industries. As an artist and a writer she works to discuss issues in an interdisciplinary manner, taking into account the various perspectives ofindividuals from differing disciplines. Her work reflects her varied and often overlapping experiences of artistic training, musical performance, and community leadership.
Audrey Patterson is a junior at the Art Academy of Cincinnati studying sculpture, art history, and creative writing. She spent her first two years at the Art Academy exploring various media but became fascinated with art theory, criticism, curatorial studies, and printmaking. Her physical work explores the materiality of objects, language, and limitations. China Adams and Yoko Ono are a few of her favorite artists, but she is mostly inspired by her friends, professors, and fellow students at the Art Academy. She plans to continue her education in hopes of becoming an educator, curator, writer, and art historian.
Emilie King in currently a first year at the University of Cincinnati DAAP, studying Art History with an interest in museum studies. Born in Cincinnati, she grew up with a strong passion for being around art and experiencing different cultures. Throughout growing up, there was never a moment where she wasn’t writing, either making stories, or reporting events happening in her local setting. With her love for art combined with her adoration of writing, being able to pursue a major that tackles both is a match made in heaven.
Lauren Darpel is a second year student at the University of Cincinnati studying Fine Art and Art History. She is interested in sculpture and printmaking, and enjoys writing about art as a way to inform others and enhance her own practice as an artist.
A native to Cincinnati, and an artist herself, Meggie Bailey has always held two things dear: writing and art. Creative writing in her free time as a Fine Arts major at the University of Cincinnati, School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, Meggie strives to find new perspectives within the local community, and to learn about how art is a catalyst for raising important social awareness. Meggie is also minoring in Spanish and Fashion Design Studies. Fascinated by the impact art has had on her own life, Meggie enjoys experiencing art of all mediums, and the influence of personal experience on interpretation. Curiosity and a drive to discover artwork that causes viewers to think, and to feel, fuels her exploration of art in Cincinnati. When she’s not writing, drawing, painting, or sculpting, you can often find Meggie roaming local coffee shops, training for her next Flying Pig event, or playing guitar. Meggie anticipates the FieldTrips to come!