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Active Imagination Youth Artist Opportunity in Partnership with Cincinnati Art Museum

Active Imagination Teaching Artists (L-R): Briana Davis, Louis Rideout, Frank Duane Young, and ALLEN Woods.


Spring II 2022 Youth Artist Exhibition Program: Active Imagination

ArtWorks is partnering with the Cincinnati Art Museum to create an ArtWorks V² Gallery exhibition, Active Imagination, inspired by the African American photographers’ collective, the Kamoinge Workshop. The artists selected will learn about photography under the mentorship of four local African American photographers, Allen Woods, Louis Rideout, Frank Young and Briana Davis. Program participants will be permitted to use their own cameras or select from cameras provided. This exhibit will be showcased at ArtWorks V² Gallery and will run in tandem with the CAM’s upcoming exhibition, Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Youth Artists will produce individual and collaborative artwork
  • Youth Artists will craft artist statements, descriptions of work, and describe their work and learnings in an Artist Talk
  • Youth Artists will create a harmonious environment to help inspire everyone to develop and implement a vision that is consistent with their personal values

Class schedule:
Every Wednesday and Saturday from February 23rd – April 16th (7 Weeks)

  • Wednesdays: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Saturdays: 10:00am – 2:00pm

First Class will begin Wednesday February 23rd at 5:00 PM

IMPORTANT: THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE OPEN TO 8 YOUTH ARTISTS ONLY. Selected applicants will need to commit to attending all classes.

Carl Solway Gallery – 424 Findlay St, Cincinnati OH, 45202

Gallery Opening & Exhibition Dates:
Opening date: April 29th, 2022
Closing date: June 10th, 2022

About the Artists

Briana Davis
Briana is a photographer and creative from Cincinnati, OH. She enjoys shooting editorial, portrait and film photography. Her empathy allows her to connect with her subjects to create meaningful artwork.

Louis Rideout of Call Me Rideout Photography—or Rideout as he is professionally known—is a professional photographer, event curator and recording artist/entertainer currently residing in the Walnut Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati. As a lover of people, music and emotional connection Rideout learned the value of documentation early from his father of the same name in a mostly quiet suburb of Chicago. By the time he left college at Miami University, he was pursuing a music career that would climax with a music licensing deal in Japan and running the streets of Detroit with a collective of multi-disciplinary artists known as Instinctive Movement. What started as a hobby turned into an ever-nagging desire to not just document, but to document passionately and with intent thanks to the influence of Instinctive Movement photographers Kenneth Willams and Charles Saddiq. Rideout has said that his experience in Detroit had a great impact on what he believed was possible for a Black kid with limited resources. Since deciding to take on photography full time in 2017 after being fired from a job that felt as if it was trying to take his soul, Rideout has been dedicated to capturing life in Cincinnati. He doesn’t feel the need to make “Black Art”–he’s black, and therefore so is his art. The goal is to make everyone feel seen. He just happens to see a lot of beautiful black moments…and you will too.

Frank Duane Young
Frank Duane Young is an African American Photographer specializing in Fine Art Portraiture and documenting the African American experience. He also works to preserve Analog traditions by making work on film. He is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.


ALLEN Woods, also known as ALLEN from NAPTOWN™, is a visual artist specializing in both digital & analog photography, with a special place in his heart for black & white film and the usage of natural light. ALLEN first stepped behind the camera nearly 30 years ago, when an enlightening encounter with Gordon Parks sealed his creative destiny as a photographer. ALLEN utilizes photography as a storytelling tool, drawing audiences in with the grittiness of his imagery. Blurring the lines between classic portraiture and a contemporary documentary style, ALLEN’s photographs present everyday life as he sees it – unmasking the joy & pain, the mundane & complex, the trials & triumphs of our existence. ALLEN creates work that speaks for the unseen, underestimated, and misunderstood in society, while also representing every artist who sees the world differently and doesn’t quite fit in.
“Meeting Gordon Parks, seeing the way he was able to tell stories through his photographs, I was completely mesmerized. It was like his images were a portal that I could step into, transporting myself to another place & time. At that moment, I knew that photography would always be a vital part of my life.”
Born and raised in Indianapolis & based in Cincinnati, ALLEN is an award-winning portrait photographer who has had work published in Polly Magazine and showcased at Ivy Tech, Gallery at Gumbo, Mighty Good, and the Future History Now Pop Up Gallery.


  • Who is eligible to apply? African American youth ages 16 – 23
  • What is the cost? There is no tuition required and all youth participants will be supplied with materials.
  • Is this a paid opportunity? No. However, program participants will price and sell their work in the gallery. ArtWorks will take a 10% commission fee for any work sold. If you are interested in a paid Apprenticeship position, please visit the Job Opportunities page on our website at

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply by Friday, February 18!  Friday, February 11th 2022, 9 PM EST 

Apply for Active Imagination: February 23 – April 16

COVID-19 Protocol: All ArtWorks artists will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination on the first day of the program. The vaccination series should be completed no later than 14 days prior to the first day and proof of vaccination or valid exemption will be required if accepted. Please reach out to if you have questions. Check below that you have read and understood this requirement.

The Youth Artist Exhibition Program through the ArtWorks Gallery presents collaborations with outstanding artists leading youth in gallery apprenticeship studios to create new works of art, guided by the artist. Youth will learn the materials and methods of the artist, making their own unique and individual works of art. A group exhibit will be the outcome of each studio with all works for sale and proceeds going directly to youth artists. Local curators and museum partners will enhance the learning with a foundational gallery exhibition curriculum for all emerging artists. Youth will represent their art through artist statements, gallery talks, opening events, and community events. Artists will host community workshops to engage with residents through art making activities during the run of each exhibit. 

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 14,000 public and private art projects in its 25 years, including more than 200 permanent outdoor murals.