Media Advisory – Cincinnati State, Art Central Foundation will dedicate Middletown mural Saturday

October 16, 2014

Robert White
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Media Advisory

Cincinnati State, Art Central Foundation will dedicate Middletown mural Saturday

Cincinnati State and Middletown’s Art Central Foundation will host a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. 
Saturday to mark the completion of a fish-themed mural on the side of the latest building on the college’s 
campus in downtown Middletown. 

The mural was designed by Osmany Piedra Cuza, a visiting artist from Baracoa, Cuba. He executed the 
painting with help from students at Cincinnati State and the Art Central Foundation. 

The mural, titled “Trans-formative Union”, is on the wall of a building at 1021 Central Avenue that was 
recently acquired by Cincinnati State. It is visible from the walkway between that building and the one at 
1025 Central Avenue.

Following the ceremony – which will feature Osmany and Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens 
painting the mural’s final iconic fish – a reception will be held in the second floor gallery of the nearby 
Pendleton Art Gallery. A number of Osmany’s paintings will be on exhibit.

The Art Central Foundation was founded nine years ago as part of an effort to establish downtown 
Middletown as an arts and entertainment venue. Its activities include working with students in grades 3 – 
12 who are nominated by their art teachers. There is no cost to the children for participation.

Over the past year the Art Central Foundation has been hosting a succession of Cuban artists on visits to 
Middletown. Osmany graduated from art school in Santiago de Cuba and from the Institute of Design in Havana.

Cincinnati State ( enrolls about 10,500 students and offers more than 130 
associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering 
technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the 
most comprehensive co-op programs among two-year colleges in the U.S.