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Apply by July 2: Youth Artist Exhibition Opportunity with April Sunami

April Sunami. Photo by Chris Casella courtesy of GCAC.


The Youth Artist Exhibition Program through the ArtWorks V² 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.

Applications from Artists ages 16-23 are due Friday, July 2 at 9 p.m. Find out how to apply below.

  • Applications will be reviewed by July 7 and applicants will be notified if they have been admitted to the program no later than July 9.

This opportunity is open to 8 Artists only. Selected applicants will need to commit to attending all classes.

Summer 2021 Youth Artist Exhibition: The Way We See Ourselves

Lead Artist April Sunami has spent more than 15 years creating portraits of women utilizing a variety of mixed media. Each material that she uses helps to tell the story of the subject she is portraying. Through The Way We See Ourselves, Youth Artists will be challenged to think of portraiture as a form of storytelling. Youth Artists together with Sunami will explore narrative and find meaning through a variety of mediums. The end of the program will culminate in an exhibition featuring the self-portraits of the participants, as well as a collaborative artwork.

Learning Objectives:

  • Youth Artists will learn portraiture and mixed media techniques, inclusive of painting, and how to story-tell through art
  • Youth Artists will learn how to prep art surfaces and scale work
  • Youth Artists will craft artist statements, descriptions of work, and describe their work and learnings in an Artist Talk

About the Artist: April Sunami

April Sunami is an award-winning visual artist primarily focusing on mixed-media painting and installation. Her honors include the 2018 Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Professional Artist Award at the Ohio State Fair, the Jurors Choice 3rd Place in the Greater Columbus Arts Council Cap-Up project for her installation at Ohio Theatre and inclusion as a featured artist in Shadowbox Theater’s 2016 Gallery of Echoes.

Sunami’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at the National Theatre in Accra, Ghana, and in the Cuba Biennial exhibitions in Mantanzas. She has also been featured in various juried group exhibits, galleries and museums including the Columbus Museum of Art, the National African American Museum and Cultural Center and a solo exhibit at the Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth, Ohio. Her work is also represented in private, corporate and public collections throughout the country including Equitas Health, the King Arts Complex and the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Sunami teaches art to children in afterschool programs in addition to serving as a  resident artist in schools throughout Central Ohio. Sharing the joys of artistic expression with young people and creating collaborative work with her students and fellow artists is of utmost importance.

Class schedule: July 12 – August 3 (4 Weeks)

  • Monday: 2:30 – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday: 2:30 – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday: 2:30 – 4:30pm


  • 2436 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Gallery Opening & Exhibition Dates:

  • Opening date: August 20, 2021
  • Closing date: October 16, 2021

How to Apply

If you are interested in participating in ArtWorks’ Summer 2021 Youth Artist Exhibition Program, The Way We See Ourselves, please fill out this application.

Apply Now

Applications are due Friday, July 2 at 9 p.m. Applications will be reviewed by July 7 and you will hear from us if you have been admitted to the program no later than July 9.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

This opportunity is for those who are ages 16 – 23.

What is the cost?

Because of the generosity of ArtWorks supporters, participation in this program is free, 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 position, we invite you to learn more about our Youth Apprenticeship and Teaching Artists positions.

Need More Information?

Call 513.333.3601 or email

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.