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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.

I am happy to announce on Friday, May 28 ArtWorks will opening the ArtWorks V² Gallery, a new gallery space in Walnut Hills, focusing on young emerging artists. We have built a gallery residency program for Artists to guide youth, ages 16 – 23, to create art and prepare for their first ever gallery exhibit.

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!



Colleen Houston, ArtWorks CEO & Artistic Diretor
Colleen Houston
ArtWorks CEO & Artistic Director

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About ArtWorks

ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization collaborates with community organizations and residents, businesses, governments, foundations and nonprofits to build creative works of art that bolster the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. ArtWorks employs professional artists who inspire and mentor diverse teams of youth, ages 14-21, helping them build 21st century career-readiness skills. These teams have completed more than 13,800 public and private art projects in its 25 years, including more than 200 permanent outdoor murals.