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ArtWorks offers young artists a free master class with renowned artists

CINCINNATI—ArtWorks is looking for emerging artists, aged 16 through 24, to take part in upcoming master classes led by professional artists during this summer and fall at the ArtWorks V² Gallery. Local and national artists invited by ArtWorks lead these programs, demonstrate their art techniques, and coach participants in artmaking methods in the V² Gallery. Groups of eight to 10 young artists are selected for each program.

ArtWorks currently has openings for young artists tied with three upcoming exhibitions:

Matter Matters: July 5–25, Mondays through Thursdays, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Join visiting Artist-in-residence Amelia Key in exploring a diverse range of sculptural solutions that transform ordinary objects found in our daily lives. Engage in a thought-provoking dialogue centered around topics like plastic waste, the environment, and the interplay between materials and concepts. Participants will have the chance to exhibit their finished pieces in an exhibit at the ArtWorks V² Gallery from July 28 to Sept. 15. Learn more.

Parts or Pieces: July 11–Aug. 24, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Collaborate with Cincinnati-based Performance Artist and Curator Noel Maghathe to develop your skills in performance art. Discover the rich history of performance art through exposure to a diverse range of contemporary performers. Gain a deeper understanding of the purpose and meaning behind your work, and learn about curating and displaying performance art. Performance works will be on view at the ArtWorks V² Gallery from Sept. 29 to Nov. 17. Learn more.

Future Heirlooms: Sept. 8–Oct. 20, 2023, Mondays 5 to 8 p.m., Fridays 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Led by Sarah Rodriguez this program will explore new techniques, create artwork based on the theme of future heirlooms, discuss the artwork, write artist statements, and engage with arts professionals. The group will focus on work that reflects artists as storytellers, considering concepts such as, what is an heirloom, and how our identity and interpersonal relationships manifest in the significance of an object. Using a variety of techniques, artists will create pieces that present their unique perspectives as they work through the questions above. They will gain experience showcasing their finished pieces on view Dec. 1, 2023–Jan. 12, 2024. Learn more.

This educational art program is unique in the Cincinnati region. To participate, young artists must apply by July 2 for Matter Matters and Parts or Pieces, and Aug. 10 for Future Heirlooms. Participation is entirely free, with all art supplies provided. Program participants will have the opportunity to learn about installing and handling, pricing and selling their artwork, as well as writing an artist statement, giving a group artist talk at the opening and more.

About ArtWorks V² Gallery
The ArtWorks V² Gallery is unlike any other gallery in Cincinnati, focusing on young emerging artists. Inspired by ArtWorks’ apprentice program, the young artists of this program learn the tools and techniques of lead artists and create their own individual works of art to exhibit as an intentional group show. This gallery is made possible through the generosity of V², also known as Vandell Verdona, a collaboration between longtime ArtWorks supporters Sara and Michelle Vance Waddell and Ron Houck and David Nebel. Special thanks to Model Group for supporting this gallery. The ArtWorks V² Gallery is located at 929 E. McMillan St in partnership with HER Cincinnati.


Who We Are
Since 1996, ArtWorks has collaborated with community organizations and residents, businesses, governments, foundations, and nonprofits to build creative works of art that support the Greater Cincinnati region’s global reputation as an arts destination. ArtWorks has employed and trained over 3,500 professional artists and 4,000 youth, ages 14–24. We invest in our creative economy by creating jobs that support local talent, pairing professional artists to inspire and mentor diverse teams of youth, and helping them build 21st-century career-readiness skills. Over the past 27 years, this collaborative approach has created a citywide gallery with more than 14,000 public and private art projects, including more than 250 permanent outdoor murals.

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