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ArtWorks and Duke Energy Convention Center Celebrate 10 Years of Art

ArtWorks, in partnership with Duke Energy Convention Center (DECC), celebrated 10 years of partnership on Thursday, October 3 with the newest installation, Confluence, by local artist Jessica Wolf.

“ArtWorks’ partnership with the Duke Energy Convention Center is very special and represents our longest partnership in the region,” said Tamara Harkavy, ArtWorks CEO and artistic director. “Walking throughout this facility, it is amazing to see the talents of local artists and creative youth shining through, transforming these halls into works of art.”

Each ArtWorks piece in the DECC celebrates Cincinnati. From flying pigs to the seven hills, each installation brings a piece of Cincinnati inside the venue. This latest piece reflects the Ohio River and hills of Cincinnati. All 14 works of art were created by youth apprentices, ages 14-21, led by professional artists.

“We are thrilled to unveil Confluence,” said Spectra’s Ric Booth, general manager of DECC. “It is a beautiful representation of the Ohio River. I thank the ArtWorks team for continuing to bring in color, creativity, and Cincinnati to the Duke Energy Convention Center.”

Wolf, who served as both designer and lead teaching artist for this project, led a group of four youth apprentices over the summer to create the installation. The final piece is made of 11,000 folded pieces of paper and can be seen in in the lobby of the third-floor grand ballroom.

Wolf, who won last year’s ArtWorks + Olay’s Light as Air public art contest, creates custom paper sculptures for private residences and corporate spaces through her company, Paper Acorn. Her installation, Aborealis in the Findlay Market Zone, will be part of next week’s BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, the Oct. 10 – 13 art and culture event taking place throughout downtown Cincinnati and Covington.

The youth apprentice team included Kyle Casey, Ezra Cline, Joysoline Ivory-Smith and Irakoze Pascasia.

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. ​Learn more at

About the Duke Energy Convention Center: The Duke Energy Convention Center is managed by Spectra and located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, within blocks of top-rated restaurants, bars, pro-sports venues and attractions. The Center boasts innovative design features that welcome creative event plans and versatile spaces to accommodate both large and small groups. The 40,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom is the largest and most spectacular in the Midwest. In addition, the Center offers 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibit spaces and 30 deluxe meeting rooms. DECC offers free Wi-Fi areas, an in-house AV company, telecommunications provider and show-stopping catering cuisine. For details on the convention center or to book exhibit or event space visit or call 513-419-7300.