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ArtWorks Announces V² Gallery’s 2022 Season

The 4 Cardinal Virtues by John Lanzador.

ArtWorks V² Gallery is looking forward to a bright year ahead. The gallery which supports professional and emerging youth artists, has moved to a larger and more prominent location at Cincinnati Scholar House, a program of HER Cincinnati at 929 E. McMillan Street. On Friday, March 25, the gallery’s first show of the year, Carving Out Your Own Path, will be open to the public in a street-level storefront within the campus.

“Having the ArtWorks gallery on our campus is enriching not only for our residents but the entire community,” said Beth Schwartz, president and CEO of HER Cincinnati. “The arts are essential.”

Carving Out Your Own Path will display wood-carved relief art designed and painted by youth artists and arts educator, John Lanzador. Over the course of six weeks, Lanzador mentored the youth artists on his techniques signature to his own personal art form; carving and painting woodwork with symbols of personal meaning. The artists worked out of ArtWorks’ studio at the Carl Solway Gallery in the West End to prepare for their group show. All are welcome to attend the March 25th opening reception from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Outside of the launch date, art lovers can view the pieces by appointment. Reservations can be made by calling ArtWorks at 513-333-0388.

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Photo of Youth Artists working by John Lanzador.


ArtWorks V² Gallery 2022 Lineup:

Live music by the Cincinnati Music Accelerator will be featured at each community opening. Artist talks and artist-led community events will also occur.

“I am so excited for this talented and diverse group of artists to mentor our city’s next generation of artists,” said Colleen Houston, ArtWorks CEO and artistic director. “Our amazing partnerships with the Cincinnati Art Museum, FotoFocus, HER Cincinnati and Cincinnati Music Accelerator are elevating this gallery program to a whole new level.”

ArtWorks V² Gallery is made possible through the generosity of HER Cincinnati and V², also known as Vandell Verdona, a collaboration between longtime ArtWorks supporters Sara and Michelle Vance Waddell and Ron Houck and David Nebel.

Young people interested in the arts are invited to apply on the organization’s website for future exhibitions. ArtWorks is also hiring youth apprentices and teaching staff for its public art program.

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About ArtWorks

ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that co-creates public art with community leaders that builds civic pride and beautifies the region. ArtWorks creates jobs for more than 300 artists annually, including youth ages 14-21, to earn a living wage. Since 1996, ArtWorks has employed over 4,000 youth and 3,500 creative professionals. The organization has completed more than 14,000 public and private works of art, including public sculpture, light-based installations and more than 200 permanent outdoor murals, contributing to the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. Now headquartered in Walnut Hills, ArtWorks is part of the burgeoning arts district in Cincinnati’s historic second downtown. Learn more at

About HER Cincinnati

HER Cincinnati provides affordable housing and comprehensive case management services to Cincinnati’s most vulnerable populations, including survivors of human trafficking; women who are experiencing chronic homelessness; women human trafficking survivors recovering from substance use disorders; and low-income, single-parent families. Our programs align with our five core values- meeting people where they are; seeing beyond the surface; guiding people to identify their strengths and believe in their potential; celebrating diversity, fighting for equity; embracing inclusion; and assuming the best while holding ourselves and others accountable.