2024 Exhibitions


The exhibition, led by Cincinnati-based Image Maker & Arts Educator Jim Tucker, pushes the boundaries and bonds between 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artmaking.

On view March 29 – May 12, 2024 (extended for 513 Cincy Knows Best x 513 Day Festival)

Crafting Conversation: Art as Protest

Under the guidance of Cincinnati-based Artist Ciara LeRoy, explored the ways in which art, handicraft and activism work together toward positive and sustained change.

On view January 26 – March 14, 2024


2023 Exhibitions


February 24–April 14, 2023

In partnership with Core Clay, artist Alondra Biberos leads the collective as they reflect on and capture the spirit of today through the creation of hand-built sculptural and functional ceramic pieces. Learn more



Genuine Static

April 28—June 30, 2023

Featuring artist Cierra Fogle, this series of collaborative and individual large-scale paintings and sculptures traverses a breadth of media as a means to hold space for the vulnerability we may experience throughout salient moments in our lives. Learn more



Matter Matters

Photo of Amelia Key by Sarah Martin-Nuss.

July 28 – September 15, 2023

ArtWorks’ second visiting artist in residence, Amelia Key led eight teen and young adult Artists as they explored a range of sculptural solutions that transform and elevate the mundane objects that pervade our daily life, creating a dialogue about plastic waste, the environment, and the relationship between materials and concept. They will gain experience showcasing their finished pieces in an exhibition at the ArtWorks V² Gallery and have the opportunity to speak publicly about their work. Learn more


Parts or Pieces

Photo of Noel Maghathe. Self Documented.


September 29–November 17, 2023

ArtWorks presented Cincinnati-based Performance Artist and Curator Noel Maghathe’s works along with teen and young adult works.

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Future Heirlooms

Photo of Sarah Rodriguez (right) and a Gallery Fellow

December 1, 2023–January 12, 2024

Artist-in-Residence Sarah Rodriguez and seven Gallery Fellows created works that reflect artists as storytellers, considering questions such as: What is an heirloom? How do our identity and interpersonal relationships manifest in the significance of an object? Using a variety of techniques, the Fellows created a selection of pieces that present their unique perspectives as they work through the prompts above.

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2022 Exhibitions


As We Bloom

October 27, 2022
Produced in partnership by 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. Learn more.

Sustainable Creativity

June 24 – August 13, 2022

Radha Lakshmi and young adult artists 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, and is 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, The artists will create individual artworks using printing and layering with flowers and leaves resulting in a stunning visual composition using storytelling.

Active Imagination (in collaboration with Cincinnati Art Museum)

April 29 – June 11, 2022

Inspired by painter David Driskell, the Kamoinge Workshop photographers, and the book Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham, Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) has partnered with several community organizations including ArtWorks to create the Black Futures Series. This multifaceted series of happenings and conversations engages local, established and aspiring Black visual and performing artists in building mentor networks, creating and occupying creative platforms within and beyond arts institutions, sharing histories, and nurturing artistic growth and excellence. Learn more

Carving Out Your Own Path

March 25 to April 16, 2022
The Carving Out Your Own Path program started 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.
Lanzador’s work has been influenced by folk art, tattoo flash, pop art and contemporary issues. As your Teaching Artist, Lanzador will share the techniques that he has been playing with to have Youth Artists create their own wood based artwork. Artists will all create a carved and painted wooden artwork that will show the influences and current situation of their lives. Learn more


Dec 16, 2022 – Feb 10, 2023

Gifted is a curated alumni show highlighting the talent of ArtWorks’ past Apprentices, Teaching Staff, Designers,  Gallery Artists-in-Residence, and Gallery Youth Program Artists with work developed outside ArtWorks’ programming. Presented by Duke Energy.