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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. As of March 2022, the ArtWorks V² Gallery is located at 929 E. McMillan St in partnership with HER Cincinnati. View the gallery by appointment only. We are closed on holidays.

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

Current Exhibit

As We Bloom: October 17 – December 2, 2022

Self-portrait © Asa Featherstone, IV, 2020

Stories are a way of extending experiences across time and space. Produced in partnership with Artist Asa Featherstone, IV, and the ArtWorks V² Gallery, As We Bloom is a multi-media exhibition that shares a cohesive coming-of-age story across multiple eras. The exhibition is made up of displays produced by Featherstone and seven ArtWorks youth artist collaborators. Under the mentorship of Featherstone, youth artists explore different storytelling techniques including mobile, digital, film, photography, and personal interviews, capturing stories from a specific period of time in an individual’s life. As We Bloom, not only celebrates the transfer of information across generations, but also human connection and the challenging of perspectives. Youth Artists will produce individual and collaborative artwork. Call 513.333.0388 to schedule a viewing. A closing show will be held Friday, December 2, 4 p.m.-6 p.m, RSVP here.

Upcoming Exhibits

Gifted: December 16 – February 10, 2023

Photo by Sandra Okot-Kotber.

Gifted is curated alumni show highlighting the talent of our past Apprentices, Teaching Staff, Designers, Gallery Artists-in-Residence, and Gallery Youth Program Artists with work developed outside ArtWorks’ programming. The show runs from Dec 16, 2022 – Feb 10, 2023. To allow pieces to be gifted in time for the holidays, patrons who purchase artwork will be allowed to take home pieces immediately after the opening reception. Pieces are priced under $500 and are available for purchase, including items such as t-shirts, zines, jewelry, and stickers. The Artist receives 90% of the proceeds for the pieces that are sold, with ArtWorks taking a 10% commission.


Zeitgeist: February 24 – April 14, 2023

Photo of Alondra Biberos by Zach Asher.


ArtWorks is thrilled to partner with Core Clay on a unique youth opportunity. Alondra Biberos will teach Youth Artists the process of exploring creativity through ceramics. Artists will be exploring through hand-built vessel work and surface decoration. The students will be able to interpret their ideas into 3D works using texture, color, and organic forms. They will gain experience showcasing their finished pieces in an exhibition, Zeitgeist, at the ArtWorks V² Gallery next spring and have the opportunity to speak publicly about their work. Application DEADLINE: Sunday, November 20, 2022, at 9:00 pm EST.

Past Exhibits

Visual Remix: August 26 –October 7, 2022

Awaken My Love by Kah Yangni. Digital illustration, stencil, screen print, pencil.

Philadelphia-based illustrator and muralist, Kah Yangni, lead a group to create an ArtWorks V² Gallery exhibition over the course of two weeks. Previously, Yangni has worked with entities like the New York Times, Vice Media, The Washington Post and with causes like the Transgender Law Center. They use a variety of mediums, like screen printing, collage and murals, to make heartfelt, neon art about justice, queerness, and joy. Under the guidance of Yangni, selected youth explored the art of collage and mixed media by using cut paper, image transfers, Photoshop, and more to make bold, fresh art. The end of the program will culminated in an exhibition featuring the “visual remixes” of the participants.

Sustainable Creativity: June 24 – August 13, 2022

Photo by Zhaira Costiniano.

Radha Lakshmi and Youth Collaborators will learn to print on paper using eco-friendly methods. Lakshmi, a Visual and Community Artist, is also a trained printmaker. Lakshmi was born and raised in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India, now a long-time Cincinnati resident. Her art-making has moved from printmaking to ritual threshold ephemeral art, emphasizing eco-friendly materials. Youth artists will learn about rituals of India, including Mandalas, how to eco-print on paper and tell their stories through printmaking techniques. With the guidance of the lead teacher, Radha Lakshmi, Youth Artists will create individual artworks using printing and layering with flowers and leaves resulting in a stunning visual composition using storytelling.

Active Imagination: April 29 – June 10, 2022

ArtWorks has partnered with the Cincinnati Art Museum to create an ArtWorks V² Gallery exhibition, Active Imagination, inspired by the African American photographers’ collective, the Kamoinge Workshop. Four local African American photographers, Allen Woods, Louis Rideout, Frank Young and Briana Davis mentored 8 Youth: Satchid Macahria, Idrissa Macharia, Zay Armstrong, Sydnie Barrett, Aaliayah Ruff, Marin Emanuel, Edwin Segbefia, and Tiara Goodloe over the course of several weeks. This exhibit showcased at ArtWorks V² Gallery will ran in tandem with the CAM’s exhibition, Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop.

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

The Carving Out Your Own Path program centered around a conversation of what it takes to find your artistic voice, and what it takes to live an artistic life. Youth Artists looked at their influences, the art they love, and everything else that makes them who they are. Teaching Artist, John Lanzador, guided Youth Artists in wood-based artmaking and how to explore themselves in order to create the art they want to make. Read our recent update on the exhibit.

Cut the Bias: October 29 – December 18, 2021

Through Cut the Bias, Batres Gilvin and youth collaborators created punched metal, crazy quilts exploring the complexities of identity, the patchwork of our community and folk art traditions, while finding patterns of connectivity. The exhibition features the one of a kind metal quilts of Batres Gilvin, Miles Bruggemeyer, Loura Ma, Chaniah Evans, Soup and Rory Walsh, as well as a collaborative artwork. Visit the exhibition Wednesday – Friday, 12pm-5pm at 901 E McMillan St.

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

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.

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.


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