Attention Secret Artists! Deadline to Submit Art Extended

Secret ArtWorks is back again Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, and we need our network of artists to help! We are asking artists near and far to donate an original work of art to support ArtWorks. Secret ArtWorks is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and your donation is the key to making it a success!

Secret ArtWorks showcases artistic talent from Greater Cincinnati and beyond in the form of hundreds of 5×7-inch works of art on display at our event on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. What is the secret? You are! Your identity is kept hidden until your piece is selected by one of our attendees during the event. This party is an incredible night in the Queen City, hosting your fellow artists and change makers!

We are seeking artists to create Secret Works of Art and submit your own piece for the event. If you haven’t yet gotten a packet from us, let us know your interest by Nov. 8, 2019.

Have your supplies ready? We have your questions answered below about becoming a Secret Artist.

When is the deadline to submit art?

The deadline has been extended to Thursday, Nov. 14 2019.

When is the event itself?

Friday, November 22 at Music Hall. Find out more here.

Do I get to keep the profits from the sale of my art?

This event is our annual fall fundraiser, the proceeds of Secret sales are to support ArtWorks.

Do I get to attend the event?

Yes! Artists are invited to attend the event for free! We’ll be reaching out to Secret Artists to confirm your attendance and provide a discount code for your guest to attend as well. 

Can I share which piece I created on my social media?

Not until after the event! You are welcome to share that you are a Secret Artist but not which piece is yours.

Who can participate as a Secret Artist?

We welcome all levels of artists and skill levels!

What do we submit art on?

Art must be 5” x 7”, and no more than 1” in depth, made on or attached to the paper provided in your Secret Artist packet. Request a packet here.

Is there a preferred subject matter or theme?

No, we welcome all types of art.

Do I get my piece back if it isn’t chosen?

Once submitted, art becomes the property of ArtWorks and will not be returned to the artist.

Have other questions? If you have other questions, contact Sandra Okot-Kotber, or at 513.333.0388.

Thank you for your generosity!

We thank all artists who contribute a Secret Work of Art to our fundraiser. We look forward to seeing your Secret Works of Art. And remember, don’t tell!


While highly unlikely, ArtWorks reserves the right to withhold art from exhibition as deemed necessary. By submitting art, Artists grant ArtWorks the right to reproduce the work for marketing purposes. Artists retain all intellectual property rights. Once submitted, art becomes the property of ArtWorks and will not be returned to the artist.

About ArtWorks

Since 1996, ArtWorks has been transforming people and places through investments in creativity. The organization is a workforce development and job-training program where art is the vehicle that trains and employs local youth and professional talent to create art and community impact. ArtWorks has hired over 3,500 youth and 3,000 professional artists who have completed over 12,000 public and private art projects. ​

Photo by Bergette Photography