Our New Gallery is a Dream Come True
Items from the upcoming Student Power exhibit at the new ArtWorks V² Gallery.
Designs subject to change.
Dear Friends,

I hope you are able to spend time outdoors enjoying this lovely May. At ArtWorks, we are busy getting settling into our new home in Walnut Hills and making plans to invite you back to our office soon with safety in mind.
 
 
One of the things that most excited me about our move to Walnut Hills was when I saw the potential to open a new storefront gallery. I loved when ArtWorks had a gallery at the historic Herzog Studio Building from 2003 – 2009, and this new gallery will be different and unlike any other in the City.
 
The ArtWorks V² Gallery at 901 E McMillan Avenue is inspired by our amazing apprentice program, where youth learn the tools and techniques of lead artists and create their own individual works of art to exhibit as an intentional group show. As part of the process they meet with local curators, collectors and museum partners to build a strong foundation of learning and they develop artist statements, titles, descriptions of work and pricing. Youth keep 90% proceeds from the sales of their art.
 
I also love that this gallery will be a place to connect with our neighborhood in new ways and create meaningful art engagement. For each exhibit, artists will host artist talks and art-making activities with visitors and community residents related to their exhibit. 
We can’t wait to welcome you to our upcoming season of gallery openings. The first exhibit, running May 28 - July 31, is Student Power, led by the artist Terence Hammonds. Student Power features the work of 8 emerging Artists, exploring student protest movements and issues that these artists care about to express the role of youth in social change, all on printed materials, including handmade ceramics, prints and more. I have known Terence since we both were in high school. Even though I went to Walnut Hills, I would often hang out in Althea Thompson’s art room after school at SCPA and saw then that Terence was a true prodigy. He has led many ArtWorks projects, and I was thrilled to invite him to be our first artist-in-residence for this inaugural gallery program and exhibit.
 
Upcoming exhibits include The Way We See Ourselves: Telling Stories Through Self Portraits led by April Sunami. She will guide Youth Artists to explore narrative and find meaning through mixed medium, culminating in a group show featuring their self-portraits and a collaborative artwork. The Way We See Ourselves runs August 21 - October 16. If you an emerging Artist interested in participating in this gallery residency, I encourage you to check our website in June when the application goes live.
 
The final exhibit for the year will be Cut the Bias, led by the artist collective Batres Gilvin, where youth artists will create painted hammered tin wall hangings, inspired by traditional Mexican folk art materials and techniques, with contemporary messages. This exhibit runs October 29 – December 18, 2021.
 
Starting the ArtWorks V² Gallery has been a dream of mine, and it was important to me to focus on emerging and youth Artists to create a new arts experience that fills a much needed hole for our visual arts community.
 
The ArtWorks V² Gallery is made possible through the generosity of V², also known as Vandell Verdona, a collaboration between longtime ArtWorks supporters Sara and Michelle Vance Waddell and Ron Houck and David Nebel. Model Group has also been an important partner both in our gallery and new office renovation at 2460 Gilbert Avenue.
 
I hope you will join us for our first gallery opening and open house Friday May 28 from 4-7 p.m. and visit our gallery often throughout this year to experience amazing new art!
 
#WeAreWalnutHills
 
Sincerely, 
Woman smiling in blue and black blouse. Gold earrings. Colleen Houston.
Colleen Houston
ArtWorks CEO & Artistic Director
Photo by Andrew Houston
Join ArtWorks for the next Viva Voce Artist Conversation on Mental Health and Self Care
Young people playing Hey. Let's Talk in fall of 2018. Photo by Bergette Photograhy.
Mental Health and Self Care in the arts is an urgent topic during these times. So ArtWorks has asked three Artists discuss their work supporting positive self-image and mental health through art. Join us for the next Viva Voce Artist Conversation on Thursday, June 10, for a virtual conversation starting at 5:30 p.m.

More about the three artists:

  • Brent Billingsley has developed his practice by working with youth in hospital settings. He has build programs to support youth who are on extended stays to improve their experience and self-image through the art.
  • Kate Tepe is an Artist and designer who has used gameplay through her work. In 2018, Tepe partnered with ArtWorks to design a game that would start conversations about mental health to normalize this conversation among teens and young adults.
  • Cartoons by Ben is an Artist attending medical school. He creates Instagram illustrations that depict current mental health issues in an accessible way, creating spaces for people to let it all out.

Viva Voce is a series of creative conversations with Artists and ArtWorks’ Alumni. Today, the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region has a global reputation as an arts destination and is full of talented working creatives. ArtWorks invites you to connect with Artists who are creating groundbreaking works. Hear Artists speak about their artwork and current issues in this series, and we invite you to join the conversation.
Make Art. Get Paid. We're Hiring!
Image by Prince Lang.
ArtWorks is now hiring teams for 2021 of Youth Apprentices, ages 14-21, led by Teaching Artists, ages 22 and up, to work side-by-side to create public art and community impact projects. Projects can include (but are not limited to) painting, drawing, photography, design, sewing, and community engagement.
The hiring process has been revamped for 2021, so we invite you to sign up for one of our virtual applicant info sessions.

ArtWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are strongly committed to building and retaining a diverse staff that creates an inclusive workplace which harnesses each voice to collectively advance ArtWorks’ mission.
Illustration by Henry Lindeman.
ArtWorks is Now In Walnut Hills
ArtWorks has moved its administrative office to the Historic Peebles Corner in Walnut Hills. The ArtWorks studio will remain at Solway Gallery in the West End. Questions? Please email us at info@artworkscincinnati.org or call 513.333.0388.
ArtWorks Office
2460 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
ArtWorks Studio
424 Findlay Street
Cincinnati, OH 45214
BLINK® 2019 Economic Impact Reached New Heights for Cincinnati Region
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, in partnership with AGAR, ArtWorks, Brave Berlin, and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, released the BLINK® 2019 Economic Impact Report, announcing record-breaking results surpassing its inaugural year in 2017.

In October of 2019, Cincinnati’s art and light phenomenon, BLINK®, attracted over 1.2 million attendees resulting in a total combined economic impact of $86.7 million and supported 1,015 jobs earning a total of $28.3 million dollars.
Meet Edward Slater:
ArtWorks Mural Tour Volunteer
ArtWorks mural tour volunteer Edward Slater (center) stops in front of Jenny Ustick’s Mr. Dynamite, honoring James Brown at 1437 Main St. Photo by Sandra Okot-Kotber.
“It’s a benediction over Music Hall and Washington Park,” Edward Slater says of his favorite ArtWorks mural, Tim Parsley's The Golden Muse.

A long-time Over-the-Rhine resident, Slater is one of our many volunteer mural tour docents, who lead small groups throughout downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Pendleton, telling the stories behind these transformational works of art.

Slater's deep knowledge of the murals has been honed over his 6 years of leading tours. “Cincinnati punches above its weight when it comes to art,” he says.
Making the Most of a Second Chance
Courtesy of Cincinnati Magazine
Thank you to Cincinnati Magazine and writer Patricia Gallagher Newberry for the feature in the May 2021 issue, “Making The Most of A Second Chance."

Newberry explores the lives of the five women depicted in the Time Saved vs. Time Served mural who refuse to let their time spent behind bars define them: Sheila Donaldson Johnson, DeAnna Hoskins, Tyra Patterson, Tracy Brumfield and Belinda Coulter-Harris.

Your Gift Will Make a Monumental Impact
ArtWorks transforms young people by connecting them to creative professional mentors and their city. The program extends beyond the artwork and includes enrichment workshops in resume writing, interviewing, and financial literacy as well as public speaking experience. ArtWorks makes a permanent mark on each Apprentice and they make a permanent mark on our community.

Cincinnati named 2nd Best City for Street Art
Faces of Homelessness © 2017 ArtWorks / ICY AND SOT / 1225 Vine St. / Photo by J. Miles Wolf
Thank you to all the readers of USA Today’s 10Best who voted Cincinnati as the second best city for Street Art in the United States.

“Street art is exploding in popularity from coast to coast,” the editors wrote. “Urban art gives you insight into a city’s culture and personality, and these 10 American cities have some of the best collections of public art.”

The editors specifically named ArtWorks in the poll for the organization’s more than 200 permanent outdoor murals. See who came in first.
Celebrating Francesca Peace's
Ten Years with ArtWorks

So many of our Youth Apprentices, Teaching Staff, Volunteers, Staff, and event guests have interacted with Francesca over the years.

"Our focus on youth employment, which includes an enrichment program that helps our youth gain incredible skills to become successful adults in the workplace, is amazing," she says.

Thank you for your service, Francesca! Learn more about Francesca in this Q&A.
ArtWorks In the News
Pictured: Jonathan Queen's Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural.
Photo by Stephanie Park courtesy of Ohio Magazine.
Here are some recent news articles about ArtWorks, our volunteers, alumni and projects.

Artist Opportunities Now Online
ArtWorks recently transitioned its Artist Opportunities listings from an email to a webpage to provide you with information when you need it. ArtWorks provides a list of artist opportunities for creatives in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. See more on our website.
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