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Cut the Bias: Our 2021 Fall Youth Artist Gallery Opportunity

The Youth Artist Exhibition Program through the ArtWorks 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. Interested in being a Gallery Docent Intern? Apply Here.

Fall 2021 Youth Artist Exhibition: 

Cut the Bias

Lead artists Karla Batres Gilvin and Bradly Gilvin (Batres Gilvin), work collaboratively as artists, educators and life partners. In a multiethnic partnership that joins the personal with the professional, Batres’ Mexican American heritage and Gilvin’s Southern American roots are a catalyst for complicated conversations about difference, otherness, and identity. They utilize a multidisciplinary approach to art making heavily inspired by the everyday, folk arts, and duality. Through Cut the Bias, Batres Gilvin and youth collaborators will create punched metal, crazy quilts exploring the complexities of identity, the patchwork of our community and folk art traditions, while finding patterns of connectivity. The end of the program will culminate in an exhibition featuring the one of a kind metal quilts of the participants, as well as a collaborative artwork.

Photo by Peggy Joseph.

Learning Objectives:

  • Youth Artists will examine relevant folk art processes such as tin punching and quilt making
  • Youth Artists will discuss topics such as identity, duality, and otherness in an open and inclusive manner
  • Youth Artists will apply symbolism through pattern and color in their sculptural artwork
  •  Youth Artists will demonstrate craft techniques such as metal
    cutting + punching, painting with enamel, and assemblage
  • Youth Artists will produce individual and collaborative artwork
  • Youth Artists will craft artist statements, descriptions of work, and describe their work and learnings in an Artist Talk

About the Artist
Batres Gilvin, an artist collaborative in Greater Cincinnati, is comprised of Karla Batres and Bradly Gilvin, life partners who met in 2011 while studying at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. In their Morning View, Kentucky studio located on the property of the Gilvin family farm and homestead, Batres Gilvin explores the local and global implications of immigration. Their artistic work is informed as much by larger, political conversations as it is by life on the farm and daily interactions with Bradly and Karla’s immediate and extended family. In Batres Gilvin’s artistic work art becomes life and vice versa. As a multiethnic collaborative, Batres Gilvin is a study in contradictions. Playful irreverence exists alongside unflinching solemnity. An unsparing commentary on the inequities of US immigration policy is wrapped in sparkly, kitschy imagery, providing a sugar-coated dose of truth serum, Mexican American style. In Batres Gilvin’s world, contradiction is both material and tool; it is also a reminder of the complexity of humans and the necessity of holding space for difficult conversations.


Class schedule:
September 20
 – October 15 (4 Weeks)

  • Wednesday: 5:00 – 7:00pm
  • Friday: 5:00 – 7:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 – 2:00pm
  • 2436 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Gallery Opening & Exhibition Dates:
  • Opening date: October 29, 2021
  • Closing date: December 18, 2021

Application Info

If you are interested in participating in ArtWorks’ Fall 2021 Youth Artist Exhibition Program, “Cut the Bias“,  please fill out the application linked here. Portfolio/sample artworks are required for application.

Applications are due Friday, September 3rd at 9pm

Apply for Cut the Bias: September 20 – October 15



Who should apply?
Youth ages 16 – 23

What is the cost?
There is no tuition required 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 Apprenticeship position, please visit here

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

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 14,000 public and private art projects in its 25 years, including more than 200 permanent outdoor murals.