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The Hands that Built Our City

In Partnership with the City of Cincinnati & Duke Energy Convention Center. The Duke Energy Convention Center welcomes thousands of visitors each year and wants them all to know they’re in Cincinnati, a historically creative and industrious town. ... Read more

Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon

In Partnership with Cincinnati Nature Center. Martha, the last passenger pigeon, lived out her last days at the Cincinnati Zoo. Despite efforts to save what was once the most numerous bird species in America, Martha died in 1914. Almost one hundred ... Read more

Energy and Grace

In Partnership with Art Academy of Cincinnati. Since moving to Over-the-Rhine in 2005, the Art Academy of Cincinnati has been essential to the neighborhood’s transformation. To celebrate the school’s commitment to reviving this historic ... Read more

Guardians of the City

In Partnership with Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union IAFF Local 48. April 1, 2013 marked the 160th anniversary of the Cincinnati Fire Department, the first fully paid professional fire department in the nation. This mural honors that treasured local ... Read more

Pendleton Mapped

In Partnership with Pendleton Art Center. This life-sized street map of Pendleton tells the 200-year story of a neighborhood within a city, dating back to 1803. The colored architecture shown still exists, including the former School for Creative ... Read more

Kentucky Natural History

In Partnership with Kerry Collision Center & City of Covington. This mural features symbols of Kentucky’s diverse wildlife and rich natural history, with many Kentucky State symbols represented. From left to right, beginning on Fifth Street and ... Read more

Ode to North Avondale

In Partnership with North Avondale Business Association & North Avondale Neighborhood Association. Rich with history and diversity, North Avondale has been described as “a beautiful piece of heaven in the middle of the city…a place where you ... Read more

The Migration of Tradition

In Partnership with Rookwood Pottery. Rookwood Pottery is dedicated to preserving the creativity, innovation and craftsmanship that have defined the company since 1880. From left to right, this bird is formed first by tiles from Rookwood’s ... Read more

No Place Like Home

In Partnership with Tender Mercies. This mural is a tribute to items that many take for granted but are hugely important to the impoverished and homeless, including those Tender Mercies serves. The life-sized door in the middle conveys a sense of ... Read more

Licking River Greenway and Trails Murals

In Partnership with Vision 2015. This series of seventeen murals celebrates the Licking River, its ecosystems and the people who enjoy its beauty. This is part of a series of 17 overall murals designs inspired by the idea of energy—the energy of ... Read more

Homecoming (Blue Birds)

Charley Harper, one of Cincinnati’s most accomplished and celebrated artists, studied and taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. It was there he met his wife Edie and they continued to make Cincinnati their home, starting a family and sharing an ... Read more

Fresh Harvest

This mural brings the essence of farming to a monumental scale. Inspired by the power of classical European paintings, the design shows dramatically lit produce on the verge of spilling out of a crate, fresh from the field.  The vibrant colors and ... Read more

The Wall of Education

The original Wall of Education, designed and painted in the late 1970s by Joyce Young, Gilbert Young and a team of students, was a vivid and colorful mural celebrating the lives and talents of Cincinnati’s diverse youth and disciplines of ... Read more

Along the Hill

This mural depicts the historical development of West Price Hill by integrating both natural elements and the architectural details of local landmarks. The image shows the transitions from the pre-historic era with fossils of the Ohio River Valley ... Read more

Oakley: Morning, Noon, and Night

This mural celebrates the friendly and vibrant atmosphere of Oakley and its culture. This triptych invites the viewer to be a part of life in Oakley, sharing the moments throughout the day , morning, noon and night.   In partnership with ... Read more

The Golden Muse

This mural features a figurine from an 18th century mantle clock in the Taft Museum of Art's collection.  Encompassing the entire wall, the figure becomes a mythological music muse as the notes to Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man ... Read more

Garden Party at the Taft

This mural brings together many masterpieces from the Taft Museum of Art's collection including Rembrandt Van Rijn's Portrait of a Man Rising from his Chair, A World of Their Own by Lawrence Alma Tadema, Mrs. John Weyland and her Son John by Joshua ... Read more

Covington Vision 2015 (Phase 1)

Created by local artists, this series of murals was inspired by the idea of energy and the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity. The many aspects of energy displayed through the murals include the energy of ... Read more

The Village We Call Home

These murals were inspired by the best of Evendale: its people and its landscape.  The mural of portraits features a cross-section of people from the Evendale community expressing their shared joy and friendliness.   Evendale residents ... Read more

The Roots of Vision

This mural is an ode to the rich history and mythology that surrounds Mount Adams, the neighborhood that was formerly known as Mt. Ida. The mural uses a combination of colorful Rookwood tile and vibrant paint to honor the visionaries that founded, ... Read more

Philosopher’s Bone

Long before Plato offered his sage notion, “Life must be lived as play,” our canine friends had mastered the lesson. Every piece of this mural celebrates the gift of play that our dogs give us every day.  From the chew toy donning pups with box ... Read more

The Avondale Pride Mural

This mural is a celebration of the Avondale neighborhood, its colorful history and represents hopes and aspirations of local youth.  The overall image is a map of the neighborhood, showing the architecture, churches, houses, and family. ... Read more

The Cobbler’s Apprentice Plays Ball

This mural was inspired by one of Cincinnati’s most treasured painters Frank Duveneck and one of his most beloved paintings,   “The Cobbler’s Apprentice.”  The artists reinterpreted the original painting with a twist by adding a baseball ... Read more

A Perfect Day in College Hill

College Hill boasts some of the earliest weather-tracking systems in the nation and this mural honors that prominent history. The weathervanes represent elements that make College Hill a unique neighborhood, most notably from left to right: The ... Read more

Sunset Walk through Helentown

Painted in trompe l’oiel style, this mural is a warm and welcoming extension of the Helentown community. Real houses, foliage, and pets inspired the view of a friendly neighborhood street, creating a visual harmony and rhythm of the surrounding ... Read more

Northern Kentucky Panorama

This mural design is a visual journey through Northern Kentucky from the Roebling Suspension Bridge and Covington cityscape to vast fields and farmlands, paying tribute to Northern Kentucky’s diverse people and places. The color palette is ... Read more

Cincinnati’s Table

This mural boasts a surreal composition, made up of delicacies, food, and fantastical imagery. Inspired by Dutch still life's, the mural is full of over-the-top detail and pays tribute to the culinary arts! Flying pigs complete the scene, bringing ... Read more

Hamilton Waterways, Past and Present

This mural is a visual salute to the monumental role the Great Miami River has played in the industrial and cultural history of Hamilton and features images of the river at work and play. The mural is comprised of historic photographs and news ... Read more

A Tribute to Newport

This work celebrates the rich history, culture and geography of the City of Newport. Prominent Newport citizens are featured amongst a lush display of flora and fauna native to the area. Left to right: An image from Kensington Art Tile, a ... Read more

Main Street Collages

This is the first of a series of three murals between 13th St. and Liberty St. inspired by and building upon the cultural vibrancy of Main St. This first mural of stacked buildings was inspired by architecture found in OTR and represents a ... Read more

Learn, Play and Grow

This mural celebrates cultural and educational activity in Over-the-Rhine. The diverse community in OTR creates opportunities for exchange of ideas, mentorship and collaboration. The abundance of urban community gardens inspire beauty and create a ... Read more

The Winds of the Ridge

The communities of Pleasant Ridge and Kennedy Heights partnered to bring this mural to life. A whimsical, winding path that is central to the composition is symbolic of Ridge Road which connects these communities. A suggestion of energetic movement ... Read more

The Singing Mural

This mural is a fantastic ode to the Queen City’s rich arts and cultural legacy. Designed by nationally renowned artist and Cincinnati resident C. F. Payne, this cast of characters represents the community coming together in celebration of the ... Read more

The Divine Proportion of All Things

This mural celebrates the bounty of the land and interconnected elements of life: water, earth and air which symbolize how a community depends on each other to live in harmony. The mural comes alive with rich color, achieved by layering glazes of ... Read more

Riverside Rides

This mural is a celebration of Eastern Avenue as a transportation thoroughfare that has made the neighborhood what it is today. From trains to streetcars and tall stacks to classic cars, East End’s heritage shines. Thanks to the Pendleton ... Read more

Ice Cream Daydream

This fantastical mural brings youthful energy and vibrancy to the district of Over-the-Rhine. A love for color and candy awaken the imagination where a diamond sun rains strawberries on a dessert-filled garden. Thanks to Eden Floral Boutique.

All You Can Imagine Is Real

Resting upon North Fairmount’s history and surroundings, two larger-than-life portraits stand to represent the diverse community, the elders and the youth. Together they open pages of a book to a bright image of the sun illuminating a path to a ... Read more

A Day in the Life of Sayler Park

Sayler Park prides itself on its small town atmosphere, with deep family and community ties and unique architectural and natural beauty. This mural is designed like a scrapbook honoring past and present life in Sayler Park. In partnership with ... Read more

Westwood Story

Westwood is a story of people. This mural highlights key neighborhood residents from different time periods with native trees dividing each: a Shawnee Native American, Phillip Longworth, James Gamble, and a teacher and two youth representing ... Read more

Willkommen to Clifton Heights

This mural celebrates the ongoing preservation and revitalization of Clifton Heights, one of Cincinnati’s most diverse and unique urban communities. Iconic structures and scenes like Old St. George, Hughes High School and blooming Bradford pear ... Read more

Bridging Tusculum

This mural celebrates Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood and its stunning architecture. The color and style, inspired by the “Painted Ladies” and their ornate flourishes, are surrounded by the natural beauty of the nearby hills and ... Read more

An Epic of Time and Town

Designed like pages of a storybook, each panel of this mural illustrates the people and places of Covington. Children explore various art forms in the company of Covington’s historic figures, residents and mischievous, colorful animals who lead ... Read more

What are the Lyrics to your Song?

Drawing from the unique history of Evanston, this mural honors the history of King Records and hopes to inspire today's youth. The mural's imagery, a man and a young girl on his shoulders, embodies the empowering history of the community and the ... Read more

The Raymond Thunder-Sky Legacy Mural

This mural was designed by Antonio Adams as a tribute to Raymond Thunder-Sky, known as the colorful construction clown who traveled around the city with his hard hat and tool box filled with art supplies. Raymond was a self-taught artist who visited ... Read more

Daybreak in O’Bryonville

An abundance of flowers and green space fill this mural with a garden-like elegance inspired by nearby Owl’s Nest Park. Painted in an Art Nouveau style, this mural transforms a once empty space into one filled with beauty and color. Thanks ... Read more

Mr. Tarbell Tips His Hat

This mural features a true Cincinnati original, Jim Tarbell, dressed as Peanut Jim Shelton, the peanut vendor who famously served his customers wearing a tuxedo and top hat at the old Crosley Field and Riverfront Stadium. Here, Mr. Tarbell is ... Read more

The Vision of Samuel Hannaford

A portrait of Samuel Hannaford rests on blueprints symbolic of his architectural legacy in the City of Cincinnati. Through the window, past the balcony of this building, designed by Hannaford himself, is a view of his prominent landmarks Music ... Read more

Pride in the ‘Ville

This mural opens a series of windows into the South Cumminsville community, illuminating values of family, tradition and neighborhood pride. The vibrant colors and magical design celebrate local people and places with an energy and commitment to a ... Read more

Lower Price Hill

This mural celebrates the close knit community that exists in Lower Price Hill. Along the bottom of the mural many hands stretch upward supporting their neighborhood. The quote signifies the community’s power to create a hopeful future.

Campy Washington

This is one of Cincinnati’s most original murals! It is a tongue-in-cheek play on the name of this neighborhood. What could be campier than Washington in full colonial regalia inspired by the nearby theatrical costume shop? This mural celebrates ... Read more

Carthage Mural

This mural is a nostalgic look at Carthage through the view of an old postcard where each letter tells a story of Carthage’s celebrated history, honoring local landmarks and heroes. The imagery intends to be warm and welcoming to all.

What’s Happening Downtown

This mural speaks to the vibrancy of the Downtown community, where larger-than-life figures peer outside their windows to see what’s happening in the City around them. Architectural details are inspired by actual lintels and sills found in ... Read more

East Walnut Hills

This mural adds to the ongoing revitalization and preservation of East Walnut Hills. Imagery and color schemes alternate to create visual interest and highlight historical photos of the neighborhood. The photos are presented in sepia and juxtapose ... Read more

Over-the-Rhine into its Renaissance

This mural is inspired by architectural details, landmarks and the community spirit found in Over-the-Rhine. Incorporated into the design are working hands, painting and planting - representing a growing and diverse community.

Spring Grove Village

This mural is a bold and colorful accent to Spring Grove Village, a community well known for Spring Grove cemetery, nearby greenhouses, proximity to the Mill Creek and a longstanding commitment to beautification!

City Cellars

This is ArtWorks’ first landscape mural! The mural was inspired by a Godfrey Frankenstein painting at the Cincinnati Art Museum, portraying a scenic river valley landscape connecting Downtown to the natural beauty of this region.

Police Museum

This mural honors the tradition and legacy of service from the Cincinnati and Hamilton County police forces. The West facing wall is inspired by a historic image of a police officer with his sidekick, the first ever Cincinnati police dog.

Jubilant Rhythms of Roselawn

MuralWorks Public Art by ArtWorks Presented by UBS With support from City of Cincinnati P&G The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts Thanks to Chuck ... Read more

The Face of the Arts

MuralWorks Public Art by ArtWorks Presented by UBS With support from City of Cincinnati P&G The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts Fifth Third ... Read more

Canal at Vine Street circa 1900

MuralWorks Public Art by ArtWorks Presented by UBS With support from City of Cincinnati P&G The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts Thanks ... Read more

Dottin’ the Hill

MuralWorks Public Art by ArtWorks Presented by UBS With support from City of Cincinnati P&G The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts Fifth Third ... Read more

The Scribe, Fish, and the Sea

MuralWorks Public Art by ArtWorks Presented by UBS With support from City of Cincinnati P&G The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts Fifth Third ... Read more

A Window to the Past: A Reflection of Ludlow

MuralWorks Public Art by ArtWorks Presented by UBS With support from City of Cincinnati P&G The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts Fifth Third ... Read more

Heart of the Community

MuralWorks Public Art by ArtWorks Presented by UBS With support from City of Cincinnati P&G The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts Fifth Third ... Read more

East Price Hill

This mural draws inspiration from the neighborhood’s dedication to growth and abundant green spaces. With a pride in local architecture and its unique place within the City, this mural welcomes all to East Price Hill.

Northside 2007

This mural embodies Northside’s vitality with an energetic display of flowers bursting across space. The composition is organic and emphasizes the original brick of this historic building referencing the value of both the old and the new.

Love Blooms

In partnership with the City of Reading. This mural marks the eastern entrance of the famous Reading Bridal District, the largest bridal district in North America.  Blending traditional handcrafted wedding lace patterns with a bold graphic style, ... Read more

Tom Wesselmann, Still Life #60

The fourth mural in ArtWorks' Cincinnati Masters mural series, which celebrates the talents of internationally recognized artists from the Cincinnati area, shows Tom Wesselmann's Still Life #60, a billboard sized still life painting, composed of ... Read more

Heroes in Color

In partnership with Crayons to Computers.  This whimsical and engaging mural symbolically represents the educational mission of Crayons to Computers.  A large red crayon appears to splatter and break through the wall next to a boy in a ... Read more

The Cincinnati Strong Man: Henry Holtgrewe

In partnership with 3CDC & Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce. This mural celebrates Henry Holtgrewe, one of Cincinnati's most colorful characters.  A German immigrant, local entrepreneur, and resident of OTR, Henry was touted as the ... Read more

Growing Community Connections

In partnership with Fay Limited Partnership. This mural illustrates the vitality and community lifestyle found within the Villages at Roll Hill.  The sprawling landscape represents the green nature of the architectural renovations while the ... Read more

Charley Harper’s Beguiled by the Wild

In partnership with the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.  This series of 18 murals spans the career of Charley Harper, celebrated Cincinnati artist.  Harper, who studied and taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, is best known for his ... Read more

Shining Seas

In partnership with Newport Aquarium.  This visual celebration of the sea's beautiful and diverse wildlife commemorates Newport Aquarium's 15th Anniversary.  At the east end, a giant sand tiger shark swims casually among fish, coral and sea ... Read more


In partnership with the Brewery District Community Redevelopment Corporation.  Inspired by Cincinnati's rich brewing history and undeniable resurgence, this mural celebrates the contribution beer-making has made to the development of our City ... Read more

Boys Hope Girls Hope

East View This view represents the stages of progress and development each child receives as part of the Boys Hope Girls Hope family. From left to right, we see children growing up, being educated, and graduating, ready to “unlock” their ... Read more

Brewing Heritage: Grain to Glass

"Grain to Glass" celebrates Cincinnati’s brewing heritage and honors the people, past and present, who have worked to support it. The story of a seemingly simple glass of beer unfolds from left to right highlighting each step of the process, ... Read more

Mr. Dynamite

James Brown is regarded as one of the most iconic and influential musicians of the 20th century. Brown spent the formative years of his career on the Cincinnati-based King Records label producing some of his earliest hits and providing inspiration ... Read more

The Queen Shares

As part of the 2015 ArtWorks CincyInk project, this mural is a permanent love letter to the Queen City and all who call her home. Sourced from the beautiful voices of over 1,000 participants, the poem Seven Hills and a Queen to Name Them was crafted ... Read more

The Spirit of Progress

“The Spirit of Progress” is a mural created to bring a visual representation of the existing pride of past, present, and future of the Evanston community. Bold colors and effortless composition depict themes of hope, education, spirit, growth, ... Read more

Ezzard Charles: The Cincinnati Cobra

Ezzard Charles, known as the “Cincinnati Cobra”, was a two-time World Heavyweight Champion, jazz musician and widely respected citizen of Cincinnati. Born in Georgia in 1921, Charles came to Cincinnati at the age of nine to live with his ... Read more

Dawn is Coming: Open Your Eyes

Designed in tandem with John Wedge, a former inmate who, with the help of the Re-Entry program of Hamilton County, transformed his life, the Justice Center Mural is a story portraying the triumph of the human spirit. From left to right, the ... Read more

Cheers to Cincy, Past and Present!

“Cheers to Cincy, Past and Present” raises a glass to Cincinnati’s contemporary beer culture. Figures of King Gambrinus, European folk hero and beer aficionado, and Cincinnati’s own Genius of Water, toast the City’s beer making tradition ... Read more


Cleverly integrated within the architectural niches of the Duke Energy electric substation, this mural is composed of six beautifully painted antique lightbulbs; these nostalgic focal points allude to the identity of the building itself (Electric ... Read more

Self-Portrait, Elizabeth Nourse

Elizabeth Nourse was a Cincinnati native from Mt. Healthy, and a graduate of the McMicken School of Design, now known as the Art Academy of Cincinnati. After completing her education, Nourse was offered a teaching position at the art school, but did ... Read more

To Oakley with Love

The buildings, trees, people, and icons in this mural reflect the history and culture of Oakley, a small town in a big city, home to a fresh and friendly community. The background of the mural hints to a paper grocery bag in color and texture, and ... Read more