Every year audiences look forward to creatively inspired holiday decorations at the Taft with ties to heritage and traditions. This year, award-winning fiber artist Cynthia Lockhart is helping ensure this tradition lives on while embracing the creation of new ways to spark holiday joy in a difficult year. Bringing this message center stage in the Taft’s Music Room, Lockhart’s site-specific Joyful Expressions holiday tree offers a renewed sense of hope this holiday season. Lockhart hopes that her work “encourages us to seek joy despite the challenges we have faced in 2020,” and “believes this holiday season will have a deeper meaning, perhaps more so than ever before,” including “a greater love and understanding for families across our nation and the world.”
Lockhart’s work has previously been on display at the YWCA Greater Cincinnati Women’s Art Gallery (2020), the Taft Museum of Art (2019–20), and the Weston Gallery (2011). Her work is included in several local collections and has been featured in numerous publications, including the Encyclopedia of African American Artists and Women’s Wear Daily. Now Professor Emerita, Lockhart taught students in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning (DAAP) for 25 years.
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