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Energy and Grace

In Partnership with Art Academy of Cincinnati. Since moving to Over-the-Rhine in 2005, the Art Academy of Cincinnati has been essential to the neighborhood’s transformation. To celebrate the school’s commitment to reviving this historic ... Read more

Guardians of the City

In Partnership with Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union IAFF Local 48. April 1, 2013 marked the 160th anniversary of the Cincinnati Fire Department, the first fully paid professional fire department in the nation. This mural honors that treasured local ... Read more

Pendleton Mapped

In Partnership with Pendleton Art Center. This life-sized street map of Pendleton tells the 200-year story of a neighborhood within a city, dating back to 1803. The colored architecture shown still exists, including the former School for Creative ... Read more

Ode to North Avondale

In Partnership with North Avondale Business Association & North Avondale Neighborhood Association. Rich with history and diversity, North Avondale has been described as “a beautiful piece of heaven in the middle of the city…a place where you ... Read more

The Migration of Tradition

In Partnership with Rookwood Pottery. Rookwood Pottery is dedicated to preserving the creativity, innovation and craftsmanship that have defined the company since 1880. From left to right, this bird is formed first by tiles from Rookwood’s ... Read more

No Place Like Home

In Partnership with Tender Mercies. This mural is a tribute to items that many take for granted but are hugely important to the impoverished and homeless, including those Tender Mercies serves. The life-sized door in the middle conveys a sense of ... Read more

The Wall of Education

The original Wall of Education, designed and painted in the late 1970s by Joyce Young, Gilbert Young and a team of students, was a vivid and colorful mural celebrating the lives and talents of Cincinnati’s diverse youth and disciplines of ... Read more

Along the Hill

This mural depicts the historical development of West Price Hill by integrating both natural elements and the architectural details of local landmarks. The image shows the transitions from the pre-historic era with fossils of the Ohio River Valley ... Read more

Oakley: Morning, Noon, and Night

This mural celebrates the friendly and vibrant atmosphere of Oakley and its culture. This triptych invites the viewer to be a part of life in Oakley, sharing the moments throughout the day , morning, noon and night.   In partnership with ... Read more

The Village We Call Home

These murals were inspired by the best of Evendale: its people and its landscape.  The mural of portraits features a cross-section of people from the Evendale community expressing their shared joy and friendliness.   Evendale residents ... Read more

The Roots of Vision

This mural is an ode to the rich history and mythology that surrounds Mount Adams, the neighborhood that was formerly known as Mt. Ida. The mural uses a combination of colorful Rookwood tile and vibrant paint to honor the visionaries that founded, ... Read more

Philosopher’s Bone

Long before Plato offered his sage notion, “Life must be lived as play,” our canine friends had mastered the lesson. Every piece of this mural celebrates the gift of play that our dogs give us every day.  From the chew toy donning pups with box ... Read more

The Avondale Pride Mural

This mural is a celebration of the Avondale neighborhood, its colorful history and represents hopes and aspirations of local youth.  The overall image is a map of the neighborhood, showing the architecture, churches, houses, and family. ... Read more

A Perfect Day in College Hill

College Hill boasts some of the earliest weather-tracking systems in the nation and this mural honors that prominent history. The weathervanes represent elements that make College Hill a unique neighborhood, most notably from left to right: The ... Read more

The Winds of the Ridge

The communities of Pleasant Ridge and Kennedy Heights partnered to bring this mural to life. A whimsical, winding path that is central to the composition is symbolic of Ridge Road which connects these communities. A suggestion of energetic movement ... Read more

Riverside Rides

This mural is a celebration of Eastern Avenue as a transportation thoroughfare that has made the neighborhood what it is today. From trains to streetcars and tall stacks to classic cars, East End’s heritage shines. Thanks to the Pendleton ... Read more

All You Can Imagine Is Real

Resting upon North Fairmount’s history and surroundings, two larger-than-life portraits stand to represent the diverse community, the elders and the youth. Together they open pages of a book to a bright image of the sun illuminating a path to a ... Read more

A Day in the Life of Sayler Park

Sayler Park prides itself on its small town atmosphere, with deep family and community ties and unique architectural and natural beauty. This mural is designed like a scrapbook honoring past and present life in Sayler Park. In partnership with ... Read more

Westwood Story

Westwood is a story of people. This mural highlights key neighborhood residents from different time periods with native trees dividing each: a Shawnee Native American, Phillip Longworth, James Gamble, and a teacher and two youth representing ... Read more

Willkommen to Clifton Heights

This mural celebrates the ongoing preservation and revitalization of Clifton Heights, one of Cincinnati’s most diverse and unique urban communities. Iconic structures and scenes like Old St. George, Hughes High School and blooming Bradford pear ... Read more

Bridging Tusculum

This mural celebrates Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood and its stunning architecture. The color and style, inspired by the “Painted Ladies” and their ornate flourishes, are surrounded by the natural beauty of the nearby hills and ... Read more

What Are the Lyrics to Your Song?

Drawing from the unique history of Evanston, this mural honors the history of King Records and hopes to inspire today's youth. The mural's imagery, a man and a young girl on his shoulders, embodies the empowering history of the community and the ... Read more

The Raymond Thunder-Sky Legacy Mural

This mural was designed by Antonio Adams as a tribute to Raymond Thunder-Sky, known as the colorful construction clown who traveled around the city with his hard hat and tool box filled with art supplies. Raymond was a self-taught artist who visited ... Read more

Daybreak in O’Bryonville

An abundance of flowers and green space fill this mural with a garden-like elegance inspired by nearby Owl’s Nest Park. Painted in an Art Nouveau style, this mural transforms a once empty space into one filled with beauty and color. Thanks ... Read more

Pride in the ‘Ville

This mural opens a series of windows into the South Cumminsville community, illuminating values of family, tradition and neighborhood pride. The vibrant colors and magical design celebrate local people and places with an energy and commitment to a ... Read more

The Dreamers of Dreams

This mural celebrates the close knit community that exists in Lower Price Hill. Along the bottom of the mural many hands stretch upward supporting their neighborhood. The quote signifies the community’s power to create a hopeful future.

A Postcard from Home

This mural is a nostalgic look at Carthage through the view of an old postcard where each letter tells a story of Carthage’s celebrated history, honoring local landmarks and heroes. The imagery intends to be warm and welcoming to all.

East Walnut Hills Legacy

This mural adds to the ongoing revitalization and preservation of East Walnut Hills. Imagery and color schemes alternate to create visual interest and highlight historical photos of the neighborhood. The photos are presented in sepia and juxtapose ... Read more

Spring Through Time

This mural is a bold and colorful accent to Spring Grove Village, a community well known for Spring Grove cemetery, nearby greenhouses, proximity to the Mill Creek and a longstanding commitment to beautification!

Jubilant Rhythms of Roselawn

MuralWorks Public Art by ArtWorks Presented by UBS With support from City of Cincinnati P&G The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts Thanks to Chuck ... Read more

Dottin’ the Hill

MuralWorks Public Art by ArtWorks Presented by UBS With support from City of Cincinnati P&G The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts Fifth Third ... Read more

The Scribe, the Fish, and the Sea

MuralWorks Public Art by ArtWorks Presented by UBS With support from City of Cincinnati P&G The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts Fifth Third ... Read more

A Window to the Past: A Reflection of Ludlow

MuralWorks Public Art by ArtWorks Presented by UBS With support from City of Cincinnati P&G The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts Fifth Third ... Read more

Heart of the Community

MuralWorks Public Art by ArtWorks Presented by UBS With support from City of Cincinnati P&G The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts Fifth Third ... Read more

Northside Bloom

This mural embodies Northside’s vitality with an energetic display of flowers bursting across space. The composition is organic and emphasizes the original brick of this historic building referencing the value of both the old and the new.

Boys Hope Girls Hope

East View This view represents the stages of progress and development each child receives as part of the Boys Hope Girls Hope family. From left to right, we see children growing up, being educated, and graduating, ready to “unlock” their ... Read more

The Spirit of Progress

“The Spirit of Progress” is a mural created to bring a visual representation of the existing pride of past, present, and future of the Evanston community. Bold colors and effortless composition depict themes of hope, education, spirit, growth, ... Read more

To Oakley with Love

The buildings, trees, people, and icons in this mural reflect the history and culture of Oakley, a small town in a big city, home to a fresh and friendly community. The background of the mural hints to a paper grocery bag in color and texture, and ... Read more

#5: We Are Walnut Hills

This mural, in partnership with the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation and BLDG, titled “#5: We Are Walnut Hills / 5 Points Alley” is the final marker in a series of way-finding murals that connects five different works of art and alleys in ... Read more

Locks, Docks, and Barrels

Central Parkway was once the site of the Miami and Erie Canal. It's southern terminus was the Ohio River at Cincinnati. It continued through downtown and northward into the western towns and cities of Ohio before reaching its terminus at Toledo and ... Read more

Me and You. You and Me.

ArtWorks and the Kennedy Heights Arts Center (KHAC) partnered to create a mixed-media mural on the façade of Kennedy Heights’ new Lindner Annex. This whimsical mural draws on the work of resident KHAC artist, Casey Millard, and aims to inspire ... Read more

Little Sure Shot

ArtWorks partnered with Voltage Furniture to celebrate Annie Oakley in the neighborhood where she grew up, Oakley! Before going on to travel the world, Annie Oakley (born Phoebe Mosely) spent time in this Cincinnati neighborhood. Known as "Little ... Read more

Camp Razzle

ArtWorks collaborated with Wave Pool Gallery and San Francisco-based artist Christian Davies to create Cincinnati's first refugee-inspired, co-created mural. The mural, inspired by his mother’s American quilt patterns, merges traditional fabric ... Read more

East Price Hill Mural Series

ArtWorks partnered with Price Hill Will to lead a series of murals that celebrate the culturally rich and diverse Cincinnati neighborhood of East Price Hill. The heritage of this community includes Appalachian, German, Guatemalan, Irish, and Italian ... Read more

It Is Possible, A Celebration of Susan O’Malley’s Life and Work

Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses and ArtWorks partnered to create this mural, featuring the powerful and positive text-based art of internationally recognized artist, Susan O'Malley. ArtWorks employed a team of eight local Youth Apprentices, ... Read more


Wildlife, nature, and Mother Earth have always made Springfield Township special, but a focus on the arts and how they complement the township's rich natural history helped reshape this community's identity. ArtsConnect and ArtWorks partnered to ... Read more

Avondale Heroes

Powered by the NEP and PIVOT initiative, Avondale residents asked the City of Cincinnati, the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio and ArtWorks to create this mural in celebration of heroes in Avondale. Lead designer and former Avondale ... Read more

Avondale Pride: We Rise from the Ashes

The Community Builders and ArtWorks partnered to bring a series of three murals to the new Avondale Town Center. Cedric Michael Cox, who designed the former Avondale Pride mural at the previous Town Center, designed the new installations inspired by ... Read more

Dreaming Blues

Mamie Smith—a legend, icon and Cincinnati native—was the first-ever African American blues recording artist. In celebration of her remarkable contributions to the American sound of rhythm and blues and her significant place in Cincinnati’s ... Read more

New Lines Phase II: Bolivar Alley

New Lines is a series of artworks that aims to bring attention and appreciation to the unique alleyway systems that exist within Cincinnati's urban core. This summer, ArtWorks is excited to create an ambitious series of murals in the neighborhood of ... Read more

REFUGE: Waves to Wellness

The Academy of World Languages (AWL), Cincinnati Public Schools, the Community Learning Center Institute and ArtWorks partnered to create this mural as a welcoming beacon on the side of the AWL Wellness Center. AWL is a Preschool-8th grade citywide ... Read more

All In This Story Together

The Village of Silverton and ArtWorks partnered to employ a team of five local Youth Apprentices led by a local Teaching Artist—creating the first Silverton community mural to serve as a gateway marker for the Village. This work, designed by ... Read more

Expression Explosion

Visionaries + Voices (V+V) partnered with ArtWorks to create this mural as a project designed to build a more inclusive community through creative collaboration between ArtWorks and V+V Artists, artists with and without disabilities working ... Read more

Endangered Species Mural Project: Indiana Bat

"Just as nature inspires art, art inspires actions to defend wild places and the wild creatures that live in them." With this in mind, the Center for Biological Diversity's Endangered Species Mural Project works with artists, scientists, and ... Read more

A Song of Freedom

In partnership with the Avondale Community, ArtWorks has created public art works to reflect community traditions, stories and culture, and provide employment opportunities for neighborhood residents. This mural is a tribute to the life and legacy ... Read more

Black Excellence in Zone 15

ArtWorks was proud to partner with The Heights Movement, the village of Lincoln Heights, and ArtsWave on Black Excellence in Zone 15. Lincoln Heights is the first self-governing African American community above the Mason-Dixon Line and has a rich ... Read more

Electric Avenue

ArtWorks activated the Wasson Way trail with a largescale public mural in summer 2020. The mural beautifies a wall on the Duke Energy complex in Oakley and infusing color and organic forms to complement the natural environment along the trail. The ... Read more

Make Every Block Better Mural

H&R Block and Next Door announced Make Every Block Better, a nationwide competition to uplift communities and connect neighbors. Long-time Walnut Hills resident Gary Dangel nominated Walnut Hills and the neighborhood was selected as one of 2,000 ... Read more

Heart & Soul

FotoFocus Cincinnati awarded ArtWorks with a grant to create a photo-based project this summer after the cancelation of the biennial. ArtWorks called upon photographer Nikita Gross to lead a team of eight Youth Apprentices to create the inspiring ... Read more

Reaching New Heights

Local artist and designer Christian Dallas and one Youth Apprentice completed Reaching New Heights, a new mural inside the GE Aviation complex in Evendale, celebrating GE’s commitment to active service members, veterans, and the engines that keep ... Read more