Public Art

We are excited to announce our Spring 2018 Projects that will be completed over the coming months.

West End Mural

This Spring, ArtWorks and Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses will work together to bring the first ArtWorks mural to the West End neighborhood by featuring the uplifting and vibrant text-based works of Susan O’Malley. The final mural will be at 901 Findlay Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214.

West End Mural Mock Up
A mock-up of the final design.


ArtWorks FotoFocus Project entitled The Hope Narrative:  Finding Resilience in Contemporary Photography and Family Photo Archives 

FotoFocus is a biennial Cincinnati-based photography and lens-based art festival. Since its inauguration, ArtWorks has partnered to create large scale, community-informed, public works of art. ArtWorks 2018 project will bring awareness to the REFUGE a community wellness and gathering space within a new school-based Health Hub at Academy of World Languages (AWL), serving students, families, and residents of two surrounding neighborhoods- Evanston and Walnut Hills at the Academy of World Languages school.

Fotofocus Logo

ArtWorks + Olay “Light as Air”

ArtWorks and Olay hosted a contest for regional (Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky residents) women artists to develop public art activations inspired by the Olay Whips product line. The complementary theme was, “Light as Air.” ArtWorks and Olay selected 5 final designs to be installed by June 8 and will be on display through August.

Learn more about the winners:


  • First place, Jessica Wolf, a sculpture titled She Is.
  • Second place, Nora Salazar, a mini mural titled Limitless.
  • Third place, Shannon Timura, a sculpture titled Feminine Alchemy.
  • Fourth place, Jess Summers, a mini mural titled Bubbles on Walnut.
  • Fifth place, Cassidy Foley, a mini mural titled Head in the Clouds

In all, ArtWorks and Olay selected 2 sculptural works and 3 mini murals.

Sculptures are installed at Fountain Square. Mini murals will be located at Fountain Square, 1233 Main Street, and the corner of Central Parkway and Vine Street.

The pieces will also be featured on and in national advertising.

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Mental Health Stigma Reduction Creative Intervention Project

Local foundation Interact for Health asked ArtWorks to design a project that would encourage dialogue and sharing among youth. Local designer Kate Tepe will work with 5 youth Apprentices and 1 Project Manager to design a card game to engage youth ages 15 – 18 in conversations about mental health. The team will engage 50 youth in the testing of the game and then up to 100 will play the final design of the game, created based on insights gathered during testing.

They are currently in the first phase of the project, the testing phase, where they are engaging local youth in a conversation about mental health through the use of a card game. The data and insights collected will be used to inform the next phase, which will be a Design Phase this Summer where the Apprentices will work with Kate Tepe to design a new creative card game to help youth talk about the taboo topic of mental health. The final phase, which will happen in Fall 2018, will be when the team plays the new game with hundreds of youth and distributes them to schools and community organizations for future use.

•Upper two images are of the team practicing the modified UNO activity that they will be facilitating with 150 youth ages 15 - 18 over the coming weeks.  They held a practice session with ArtWorks staff and partners Interact for Health and 1n5.

Artist: Kate Tepe

Hero Design Company

Spring Session

Hero Design Company (HDC) engages, encourages, and empowers children facing emotional, physical or situational hardship through the creation of custom superhero capes, co-designed with and sewn by ArtWorks Youth Apprentices. HDC returns for the spring of 2018. Nine apprentices and two creatives will spend eight weeks engaging in co-design sessions with 60 – 75 children through local partners including Beech Acres Parenting Center, Grandview Elementary YMCA, and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission to create a cape for each child that represents their unique strengths and assets.

HDC makes unique capes for each child they work with. Photo by Deogracias Lerma

Dark of the Sea and Sky

Cincinnati Ballet presents Murder Ballades, a contemporary ballet influenced by 1940s American folk ballads. ArtWorks and Cincinnati Ballet are partnering to create a new, abstract expressionist backdrop for the performances in Spring 2018. To see the backdrop in person see the Ballet’s performance of “Bold Moves.”

Artist: David Buetsche