Public Art

Wall of Queens

Wall of Queens honors the Queen City with seven large-scale portraits of proud women of color. Representing the “Seven Hills” of Cincinnati, these Ohio residents span in age from childhood to mature adulthood, and are depicted as modern-day royalty, showing that every woman has true value and deserves to be treated with regal respect. Composed of 288 individual scratchboard panels, this work was designed and managed by renowned artist, James Pate, who was born in Birmingham, AL, and raised in Cincinnati, where he attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Pate has been a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence grant and two Montgomery County Individual Artist Fellowships. For the past ten years, Pate has created large-scale charcoal drawings and scratchboard pieces, and is widely known for his idiosyncratic Techno-Cubism style, which fuses immaculate realism with spatial abstraction. Pate currently lives, works, and teaches in Dayton, Ohio.

James Pate
Duke Energy Convention Center, 511 Elm Street

Tammy Stephens

Holly Brashear, Tyrone Dixon, Arrington Payne, Diana Rosing, Alex Wilson

This project was made possible by the City of Cincinnati and Duke Energy Convention Center.

ArtWorks received ongoing support from ArtsWave, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. U.S. Bank Foundation, the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County Job & Family Services, Ohio Arts Council, and the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts.

James Pate