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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. View the gallery by appointment only. We are closed on holidays.

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

Current 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.

Youth Artists-in-Residence 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.

Upcoming Exhibits

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 Exhibits

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.