Located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features a diverse, encyclopedic art collection of more than 73,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year.
Visitors can enjoy the exhibitions or participate in the museum’s wide range of art-related programs, activities and special events. General admission is always free for all. Museum members receive additional benefits.
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Charles White (1918–1979) is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential African American artists of the twentieth century. The exhibition Charles White: A Little Higher explores the work of the Chicago-born artist and educator. Over the course of a 40-year career, White created powerful, evocative interpretations of the Black experience with a confidence and technical skill that defined his mastery as a draftsman, printmaker, and painter.
Although his art focused nearly exclusively on African American subjects, White speaks to viewers from all walks of life. He stated, “I like to think that my work has a universality to it. I deal with love, hope, courage, freedom, and dignity—the full gamut of the human experience.”
The exhibition features nearly 50 of White’s drawings, prints, and paintings selected from the Primas Family Collection, one of the nation’s premiere collections of work by Black artists. The forceful images of White’s early career merge into the breathtaking, emotive works for which he is best known, like the two large charcoal drawings in the exhibition from his “J’Accuse” series. Another notable feature of the exhibition, on public display for the first time, is a group of twelve oil-wash illustrations commissioned by the Johnson Publishing Company (which also produced Ebony) for the landmark book The Shaping of Black America (published in 1975) by noted author and Ebony editor Lerone Bennett, Jr.
Expressing his lifelong commitment to social justice and equality, White’s stirring art provides lessons in tolerance and compassion that resonate today.
Charles White: A Little Higher is made possible by the Primas Family Collection.
Free. Reservations not required.
Bring the family to the museum for holiday art-making activities as part of the Rosenthal Education Center’s REC the Halls celebration! The Art Bar will be transformed into a holly jolly winter wonderland and visitors will be invited to create holiday cards, decorations and a custom gift bag or a sheet of wrapping paper. The REC is open during normal museum hours and is always free.
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10x10 Teen Art Expo and Teen Volunteer Opportunities
10x10 teen art expo submissions are now open!
The Cincinnati Art Museum invites all Greater Cincinnati regional 7–12 grade students to create a 10-inch-by-10-inch artwork representing your interpretation of this year’s theme: Behind the Scenes. Artwork selected will be displayed at the museum as a part of the 2023 10x10 Teen Art Expo, March 25– April 1, 2024.
The 10x10 Teen Volunteer team encourages artists to explore the unseen, inspired by the theme Behind the Scenes. In our world, what you see is not always reality, so it’s time to remove the filter. To discover what lies beneath the surface, ask yourself these questions: If there was a documentary about your life, what would the cameras capture about your true self? What hidden processes go into something to make it work? Who or what remains unnoticed without the backstory? With this theme, we invite artists to peek behind the curtain to discover who or what hides in the shadows.
Criteria for submitting artwork:
Only one artwork per student may be submitted using the form below.
Artwork must measure 10 inches by 10 inches.
Artwork can be completed in the medium of your choice, but the finished product must be able to hang on a wall using a 1/2" binder clip at the top.
Digital submissions must be a .jpg, .jpeg, or .png file.
Photos of submitted artwork should be properly cropped to eliminate any background behind the artwork.
Artwork should NOT be matted.
All digital submissions of completed work are due by January 30, 2023.
The 10x10 Teen Expo Volunteer team will review artwork submissions and contact students selected for the in-person Teen Art Expo via email by February 7, 2024.
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What is the 10x10 Teen Art Expo?
The 10x10 Teen Art Expo is a week-long art exhibition featuring a selection of more than 100 teen artists from the greater Cincinnati region. The challenge? Create a piece of art measuring 10x10 inches that reflects the theme chosen by the 10x10 Teen Volunteer Team. Artworks selected by the team will be displayed in the Great Hall from March 26–31, 2024. Participants are invited to an opening party planned by the team on Thursday, March 28.
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December 2, 2023–January 21, 2024
Western & Southern Galleries (Galleries 232 and 233)
In a digital age when maintaining identity and creative property is paramount, the exhibition Black & Brown Faces: VERIFIED presents works that aim to educate and celebrate the overall impact of Black & Brown culture in Entertainment, Health & Science, Beauty & Fashion, and Food & Agriculture on a global scale.
VERIFIED is the third exhibition of the Black & Brown Faces series created by Paloozanoire in partnership with the Cincinnati Art Museum (building on projects in 2020 and 2022). This year’s exhibition presents the work of 15 accomplished artists of color from across the Midwest, showcasing their unique perspectives on the immense influence of Black & Brown culture.
Simultaneously, the works in this multimedia exhibition reflect the makers’ concepts of being verified as an originator in a society where artists of color have historically struggled to maintain ownership of intellectual and creative property. VERIFIED asks artists and visitors alike, "How can innovators benefit from the widespread adoption—on a national or international scale—of their individual ideas?"
Welcome to the Silent Book Club, a cozy place where all you need is a book to read. Any book, any format, any chapter. No discussions, no suffering that book, no worries about not having enough copies for everyone, no pressure to speak, just the enthralling act of reading. One hour of silent reading time, then a half an hour to get to know your fellow bookworms if you feel like staying.
Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass celebrates a broad range of contemporary Native American and Indigenous Pacific-Rim artists working in glass. Featuring 120 pieces by 33 artists, the groundbreaking exhibition showcases works that reinterpret Traditional Stories and iconography, express contemporary issues affecting Indigenous Nations today, and meld Indigenous Traditions and Knowledge with the aesthetics and properties unique to the medium of glass.
The exhibition emerges from the historical context of the Native Glass Art Movement which began in the 1970s when Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee)—a founder of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico—initiated a collaboration with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to create a glass blowing program at the IAIA. RISD sent early-career artist Dale Chihuly to the IAIA for one month to assist in establishing the program and the hot shop that would grow to inspire generations of Indigenous artists to explore the expressive potential of glass.
Clearly Indigenous features artists who illustrate the lasting relationships and collaborative nature inherent within global studio glass today. Among those included are Dan Friday (Lummi), “Haila” Ho Wan Ut Old Peter (Skokomish/Chehalis), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), Tony Jojola (Isleta Pueblo), Carol Lujan (Diné), Priscilla Cowie (Māori) and Djambawa Marawili (Aboriginal Australian).
Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass was originated by The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The traveling exhibition was curated by Dr. Letitia Chambers, is toured by International Arts & Artists, and is accompanied by a catalog published by the Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe.
General public: $12
Discover what your young artist can create in this semi-structured, hands-on art class designed for early creators ages 3–5. Before the class, visit the museum galleries with a museum educator to learn about an artwork or an artist, together as a family. Each session provides a themed range of activities and materials to grow your child’s motor skills and creativity.
If you need accessibility accommodations for any programs or events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance to ensure accommodations can be made.
General Public: $12
Registration is per participating child. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Learn fun art-making techniques related to an artwork or exhibition and create a unique work of art in this studio class designed for families with children ages 6–12. Each session provides a new theme and guided activities for families to create together or make solo artworks. Before the class, visit the galleries with a museum educator to learn about an artwork or an artist, together as a family, and gain inspiration for the studio project.
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Whitfield Lovell: Passages
March 1–May 26, 2024
Ticketed. Free for Members.
Friends of American Painting, Sculpture, and Drawings
Whitfield Lovell: Passages urges viewers to contemplate the ordinary lives and extraordinary journeys of the African American experience, while raising universal questions about identity, memory, and America’s collective heritage. More than 80 evocative multisensory installations, conté crayon drawings, and assemblages comprise this most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work to date.
Born in the Bronx, Lovell, a 2007 MacArthur Fellowship recipient, creates exquisite drawings, finding inspiration in photographs of unidentified African Americans taken between the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Movement. He creates assemblages by pairing his drawings—on paper or salvaged wood boards—with found objects, many weathered by the passage of time. Some of Lovell’s assemblages appear in his larger installations, while others he presents as symbolic and enigmatic stand-alone tableaux. Works from his acclaimed Kin series evolve into his more recent productions, The Reds and Card Pieces.
Two of Lovell’s experiential installations, Deep River and Visitation: The Richmond Project, are brought together here for the first time. The monumental Deep River (2013) combines video projections, sound, drawings, and everyday objects. Documenting the perilous journey freedom seekers took by crossing the Tennessee River during the Civil War, Deep River addresses the struggle for freedom and its inherent themes of abandonment, death, life, and hope. At the same time, it invites viewers to consider the larger human quest for equality and the pursuit of a better life—matters that transcend time and geography. Visitation: The Richmond Project (2001) is a profound homage to the country’s first major Black entrepreneurial community. In this emotive installation, the artist pays tributes to the lives, names, and faces of the people of Jackson Ward in Richmond, Viriginia. Lovell explains, “the installations are about memory and heritage, and the markings that the past has made—and continues to make—on who we are.”
Whitfield Lovell: Passages is organized by the American Federation of Arts in collaboration with Whitfield Lovell. Major support for the national tour and exhibition catalogue are provided by National Endowment for the Arts and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Accessible Expressions Ohio
March 29–May 12, 2024
Vance Waddell and Mayerson Galleries (Galleries 124 and 125)
The Cincinnati Art Museum is excited to host the annual Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition (March 29–May 12, 2024). This opportunity comes to us as part of our long-term partnership with Art Possible Ohio, a Columbus-based nonprofit that “works with artists of all ages who have disabilities to advocate for accessibility and inclusivity, advance careers in the creative sector, build community, and improve the academic achievement of Ohio’s students through arts integration.”
One of the most accessible and diverse art presentations ever displayed at the museum, Accessible Expressions Ohio is a juried statewide art exhibition by Ohio artists, of all ages, with disabilities. A panel of practicing artists, educators, and arts administrators—who determine standards, originality, and diversity—review all submissions in Youth, Emerging, and Professional categories. This team also decides the artworks that will receive awards.
Accessible Expressions Ohio is a first for the museum. While we have previously worked with community partners to host exhibitions showcasing regional artists, this is the first time the museum has displayed an entire show of works by people with disabilities. A significant step toward the museum’s inclusion and diversity goals, Accessible Expressions Ohio builds on the museum’s standing as a leader in accessibility initiatives by sharing artwork from the disability community. It also reinforces not only the work of the museum’s Accessible Community Advisory Committee but also the work of our internal cross-divisional accessibility team. It has been their long-standing goal and dream to host an exhibition of works by people with disabilities at the museum, and we are so pleased to work with Art Possible Ohio to make that dream a reality.
After premiering at the museum, the exhibition will travel throughout Ohio with stops at the Massillon Museum in Massillon, Ohio (June 22–August 18, 2024), Dublin Arts Council (November 9-December 19, 2024) and several other venues.
For more information and to apply for the exhibition, please visit https://artpossibleohio.org/aeo/