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Thank You for Supporting our 25th Anniversary Auction


Our 25th Anniversary Auction powered by Everything But the House blew our minds! Artists who have formed the vibrant public art in our region with us for the past quarter-century came together (virtually) to support ArtWorks. 

Beautiful pieces were auctioned off over the course of 6 days. We raised $14,883 dollars to benefit our mission of transforming people and places through investments in creativity! The participating artists received 25% of their highest bid. Some artists chose to donate their entire earnings to ArtWorks. Everything But the House graciously donated their time in-kind to allow all proceeds to be given back to our program and artists. We are eternally grateful to exist in this community of art and love. 

ArtWorks Poetry reading on Fountain Square circa 2000


Thank you to all of the artists and supporters who participated in this essential fundraiser.

“Cincinnati has an extraordinary community of talented artists, and ArtWorks has helped develop the creative power of this community connecting artists to transform the city into a visual arts epicenter,”  said Colleen Houston, CEO and artistic director, also a youth apprentice in 1997. “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are focused on the artists who have made their mark on our city which is now a public gallery. We thank our supporters for partnering with ArtWorks to help employ more artists and create more public art for years to come.”


Thank you to these contributing artists: Antonio Adams, Erika NJ Allen, Nytaya Babbitt, Batres Gilvin, Arynn Blazer, Radha Lakshmi, Drew Christman, Carrie Cooke, Michael Coppage, Cedric Michael Cox, Calcagno Cullen, Nicki Deux, Lizzy DuQuette, Jim Effler, Daniela Fernandez, Jon Flannery, Jonesy, Nikita Gross, C. Matthew Hamby, the late Charley Harper, Evan Hildebrandt, Gee Horton, Taron Jordan, Sharareh Khosravani, Carla Lamb, Adam Laine, Lindz and Lamb, John Lanzador, Chuck Marshall, Josie Masset, Chase Melendez, Adam Mysock, L.D. Nehls, Thomas Osorio, Mark Patsfall, CF Payne, Stephen Powers, Anissa Pulcheon, Pull Club, the late John A. Ruthven, Harry Sanchez Jr., Karen Saunders, Michael Stillion, April Sunami, Kate Tepe, TC Thomason, Sara Torgison, Jenny Ustick, Joe Walsh, Lindsey Whittle, Jessica Wolf and J. Miles Wolf. Learn more about them and their work here

Photo of Pam Kravetz and Gee Horton by Sandra Okot-Kotber


Special thanks to our co-chairs and ArtWorks board members, Gee Horton and Pam Kravetz. 

“ArtWorks is an amazing place for young people,” Kravetz said. “If you are a little different, like I was growing up, ArtWorks is a place where you can find who you really are. Art brings so much joy, and Cincinnati is so much more colorful because of what these young people can do with the help of ArtWorks.” 

“I wish I had ArtWorks in my life growing up,” Horton said. “ArtWorks connects young people to collaborative art projects around the city, and it connects them to a larger community of like-minded artists. And that’s where the real impact happens. I’m honored to be part of this auction to help provide more of these opportunities.”

If you would like to support ArtWorks, we invite you to support the ArtWorks’ Apprentice Promise to provide jobs in the arts to those who are 14-21.

About ArtWorks

ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization collaborates with community organizations and residents, businesses, governments, foundations and nonprofits to build creative works of art that bolster the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. ArtWorks employs professional artists who inspire and mentor diverse teams of youth, ages 14-21, helping them build 21st century career-readiness skills. These teams have completed more than 14,000 public and private art projects in its 25 years, including more than 200 permanent outdoor murals.