Pinned Up @ Mainstay

Danny, added some truly amazing paintings to the new upstairs at Mainstay Rock Bar in downtown Cincinnati. The Elvgren style hand painted pin-up girls that were chosen to compliment the interior theme have been received well by all. Stop by Mainstay, grab some food or just sit and enjoy the view.


Hoist and Higher Level Art

Over the last few weeks, the boys at Higher Level Art have been collaborating with HoistHoist  is a Midwest recovery drink, for those who like to party and want to feel good the next day.  The first installment came from Danny who painted a Drink Hoist piece in a Auto Garage in Indianapolis.

Hoist-Danny from Higher Level Art on Vimeo.
The second installment came from Matthew who painted a gigantic Santa at Powerhouse Factories for there annual Holiday Rock Poster Show.  Third video coming soon from the Chi-Town Homies!!

Hoist-Santa-Dayler from Illest Out on Vimeo.

We then had an event in Columbus for the launch of Hoist's product in the city.  Milk Bar hosted us where we had an art exhibition with lots of friends and family. in the house. Music was supplied by the Get Right crew, definitely good times had by all.



Higher Level Art and Empower Media @ The Carnegie

Higher Level Art was asked to do some live painting for Empower Media Management for there annual Buisness breakfast.  Danny, Matthew and Robby created 3 panels in 2 hours which will be a permanent installation in there offices.  The theme of the day was collaboration, with an emphasis on technology.  The panels created represent, Communication, Creativity and Teamwork.


Higher Level takes on NYC and Ottawa Canada.

From Oct 26-30, Matthew chaperoned along with 3 other Art Academy of Cincinnati Faculty, at trip to NYC with 36 students.  The purpose of this adventure is to expose the students to the very active art-world New York provides.  With visits to major museums, the most cutting edge galleries in Chelsea, Soho, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, as well as studio visits with artists and curators.  Not to mention a whole bunch of fun.

The adventure then left the students behind and continued to Ottawa Canada where Matthew had a solo exhibition titled FIGHT.  New Prints, Video, and a wall drawing are on display until the end of November at La Petite Mort Gallery.  Full images of the exhibition can be found on Matthew's site.  Stay tuned for much more from Danny, Matthew and the rest of the Higher Level Crew



Soapbox Cincinnati Feature 10/19/10

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Taking Street Art To The Next Level 

..."We're like polar opposites, and yet we have the same vision," Dayler said. "It's really strange." Babcock's background is in commercial art, sign making, scenery painting and street art, while DaylerDayler deals with concepts and presents them to clients, while Babcock concentrates more on how to put those concepts into paint...


Dayler Exhibition at The University of Dayton

Matthew recently opened an exhibition at the University of Dayton, which runs until October 26th.   New Videos, and Drawings, were offered up to present a unique and interesting view of assimilation and perception related to our cultural and sexual identities.  The visit to the University included a public lecture, and visiting students in the classroom.  Danny pitched in by creating a site specific wall graphic for the installation.  You can find more information about this exhibition and others on Matthew's website.  Stay tuned for more upcoming exhibitions from Higher Level Art's artists.


Paint the Street

On September 26, 2010, Higher Level Art along with Pam Kravetz, Carla Lamb, and Karen Sanders, designed and implemented a project for the launch of the (Fine Arts Funds new brand) ArtsWave for their annual "Ta-Da".  The project was community based, painted by 1200-1500 people that spanned 6 blocks of 12th Street in Cincinnati's historic Over-The-Rhine.  Danny and Matthew both had very heavy hands in this project from the drawing before and on the day of , design, organization of Art Academy of Cincinnati volunteers, and the management plan for the execution.  The Local News media, along with individuals from Cincinnati and abroad contributed to the buzz created by this event.  Some traveled as far as from LA to participate.  We were also pleased to have been featured on the Wooster Collective blog (a blog by and for street art).  There are lots of photos out there to be seen here are a few of our favorites, as well as a link to our photographer Scott Beseler's documentation of the day.


Higher Level Art Goes to School

In late July and August, Higher Level Art transformed 8 classrooms. These thematic rooms for Holmes Middle School, High School and the 6th District Elementary, were designed to encourage students to learn, grow, and be interested, in math, language arts, literature, and science.  Inspired by the Ron Clark Academy, this program teaches using music and art.  Stay tuned for more from this on-going project.