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The ArtWorks V² Gallery is unlike any other gallery in Cincinnati, focusing on young emerging Artists. Inspired by ArtWorks amazing 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. The ArtWorks V² Gallery is located at 901 E. McMillian in Walnut Hills.

Artists featured the ArtWorks Gallery are selected to participate in our Youth Artist Gallery Residency Program.

Current Exhibit

The Way We See Ourselves: Telling Stories Through Self Portraits: August 20 – October 16, 2021

Self-portraits have long history in the trajectory of art making throughout time. They have always been a proclamation of self, a way of asserting the artist existence and inserting themselves in history. In some ways they allow the artist to truly look at themselves truthfully in order to capture an accurate likeness. In this exhibition young artists were encouraged to find ways to connect their own stories and experiences to create a self-portrait that captures not only their physical likeness but some part of their inner lives. In addition, artists were challenged to incorporate more than one media to create their painting. The variety of interpretations of this theme and use of mixed media are impressive. Some artists are in conversation with their younger selves, some explore childhood memories of place, some ponder spiritual meaning, while others grapple with complex and intersectional identities. No matter the approach, each of these self-portraits are wholly unique and extraordinary.

April Sunami
April Sunami. Photo by Chris Casella, courtesy of GCAC.

Led by Artist April Sunami, The Way We See Ourselves challenges young artists to think of portraiture as a form of storytelling. Sunami has spent well over 15 years creating portraits of women utilizing a variety of mixed media. Each item that she uses helps to tell the story of the subject she is portraying. Young apprentice artists, together with Sunami, explore narrative and finding meaning through mixed mediums. The exhibit features the self-portraits of the participants, and a collaborative artwork. Find out more about this exhibit.

Upcoming Exhibits

Cut the Bias: October 29 – December 18, 2021

Led by the artist collective, Batres Gilvin, youth artists will create painted hammered tin wall hangings, inspired by traditional Mexican folk art materials and techniques, with contemporary messages. This exhibit runs October 29 – December 18, 2021. RSVP to the gallery opening here.

Carving Out Your Own Path: February 25 – April 16, 2022

The Carving Out Your Own Path program will start with a conversation of what it takes to find your artistic voice, and what it takes to live an artistic life. Youth Artists will look at their influences, the art they love, and everything else that makes us who we are. Teaching Artist, John Lanzador, will guide Youth Artists to explore themselves in order to create the art they want to make. Learn more and apply here.

Past Exhibit

Student Power: May 28 – July 31, 2021

Images of work in process. Designs subject to change.

Led by Artist Terence HammondsStudent Power featured the work of eight emerging Artists, ages 14-21, exploring student protest movements and issues that these artists care about to express the role of youth in social change, all on printed materials, including handmade ceramics, prints and more. This exhibit was the inaugural show for the ArtWorks V² Gallery. Learn more about this gallery residency program.

Our Generous Supporters

ArtWorks V² 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.

Interested in Being Part of Our Gallery?

Learn more about the Youth Artist Exhibition Program and see upcoming opportunities.

Read about our Gallery Docent Internship and apply.


Devin Grimm is our gallery manager. He can be reached via email or at 513.333.3618.