Artist Opportunities
ArtWorks provides a list of artist opportunities for creatives in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Received this email as a forward? Sign up here. Please note: ArtWorks may not be affiliated with opportunities listed. If you have questions, please reach out to the organization directly.

ICYMI: check out our previous newsletter for additional call-to-artists, grant opportunities and COVID-19 resources.
ArtWorks stands in solidarity with Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities
Photo by Bergette Photography.
The rise in violence, harassment and xenophobia toward Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander people in our nation is nothing short of abhorrent. ArtWorks condemns all acts of racism.
We are made up of and serve an ethnically diverse community, and together we will continue to stand up for supporting inclusion, mutual respect, and eradicating white supremacy. Read our full statement on our site.
Now Hiring Youth Apprentices,
Teaching Artists
Photo by Carlynne Welch.
2021 has arrived and with it is new openings at ArtWorks for Youth Apprentices and Teaching Artists. 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.

ArtWorks is hiring passionate, young artists (ages of 14 – 21) who are eager to create art, make a difference in the city, work in diverse teams, and build new skills.

For more info, you can register for the final virtual informational sessions for applicants, parents, guardians, and educators.

We have three different Teaching Staff opportunities: Lead Teaching Artist, Teaching Artist, and Junior Teaching Artist. Each position has varying degrees of project management responsibilities, but all require a passion for developing youth and creating bold works that impact our region. Learn more about these positions here.

Register for our final virtual informational session about the teaching roles and application process.

Apply by April 9: Youth Artist Exhibition Opportunity with Terence Hammonds
Terence Hammonds. Photo by Walter German.
ArtWorks is launching a Youth Artist Exhibition Program through our new upcoming gallery in Walnut Hills. This program provides collaborations for creative young people, ages 14-21, with outstanding professional artists who will lead the team to create new works of art in a gallery apprenticeship.

The spring 2021 opportunity is centered on Student Power, a four week program, led by Artist Terence Hammonds. The program will explore student protest movements and printed materials. Hammonds will review the basics of screen printing and guide Youth Artists in producing a series of functional objects, such as cups, tote bags, t-shirts and pints, that celebrate the role of youth in social change. The fourth week of the project will be focused on professional development, in which local curators and museums partners will help Youth Artists craft their artist statements and descriptions of work, in addition to sharing other exhibition best practices for artists.

Our 2021 Spring Season of Stronger Together
Calcagno Cullen's What We Need to Hear. Photo by Sandra Okot-Kotber.
Your belief in creating arts in public spaces bring us closer together and makes our community stronger. This is why we drew inspiration for our 2021 season, Stronger Together, from Calcagno Cullen’s collaborative work in Avondale, What We Need to Hear. Cullen’s work was part of ArtWorks’ 2020 Switch on Avondale, where artists collaborated with community residents to create 13 public light-based sculptures installed along walking trails behind the Hirsch Recreation Center.

For this Spring, ArtWorks is employing 68 Youth Apprentices, 37 Artists and Teaching Artists, and other several opportunities for youth engagement.
ArtWorks thanks our ongoing supporters: ArtsWave, City of Cincinnati and the Ohio Arts Council. Learn more about our spring season on our blog.
Jay DeFazio's Inside Out Trans Art Gallery Live
Self-portrait by Jay DeFazio.
Jay DeFazio is a licensed art educator, artist, and trans activist from Northern Kentucky. In 2020, DeFazio created an online gallery titled Inside Out to empower the transgender community through ArtWorks' Jump Start: Emerging Artists program. The gallery features self-portraits from trans individuals around the region. Learn all about his site and the process of its creation on our blog.
COVID-19 Artist Resources
Art in Color— Black Artists Exhibit
Submit your artwork here for the Art In Color — Black Artists Exhibit, presented by ArtScape Lebanon and MLK Lebanon in Warren County, Ohio. The show is slated for Juneteenth 2021. Deadline: May 1, 2021.
1N5 | Kindness Card Design Contest
1N5 is a non-profit that serves to increase awareness and education about mental health in teens and adults. The organization is creating a set of cards to make it easy for people to reach out to others and we are looking for artists to help us with that.  You are invited to send them original artwork that best represents what kindness looks or feels like to you. A panel of judges will review all submissions and choose six designs that best capture the theme of kindness.

Winners will receive a $25 Target gift card and a box 1N5 Kindness Cards. The winning designs will be featured on 1N5’s website, social media and on our exclusive Kindness Cards. Deadline: April 10, 2021.
North Country Trail Association | My NCT 2021 Artist Search
The North Country Trail Association (NCTA) launched the My NCT program in 2020 as a means to bring art and nature together in the telling of our story, and the connection our Trail Community has with it. The NCTA is now seeking its 2021 artist for the My NCT program. Submissions will be accepted until April 23, 2021. The NCTA will use the selected piece to be displayed on *defined products as part of its 2021 Fall Membership Appeal and then in the NCTA Trail Shop (retail). The NCTA will promote the selected piece using the artist’s name alongside “My NCT” throughout the artwork’s 16-month tenure. Learn more here.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company | Artist in Residence
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) seeks to commission art from (4) BIPOC Artists. Artists will invite the community to observe their creative process through scheduling 25+ studio hours to occur in front of the lobby windows of CSC so the process - not just the product - may be enjoyed by the entire neighborhood. CSC hopes the Artists' use of the lobby and studio hours also serve to activate its space and encourage dialogue within the community. Read the call for artists here. Email any questions to
ArtWorks is Moving to Walnut Hills
ArtWorks team in front of Morag Myerscough’s #5: We Are Walnut Hills mural at 2429 Gilbert Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45206. Photo by Tony Arrasmith
ICYMI, ArtWorks is moving its administrative office to Historic Peebles Corner in Walnut Hills this spring. The ArtWorks studio will remain at Solway Gallery in the West End. Questions? Please email us at or call 513-333-0388.
ArtWorks Office
2460 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
ArtWorks Studio
424 Findlay Street
Cincinnati, OH 45214
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