Exhibitions

Kennedy Gallery

  • KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan high school students and proctors participate in the National Military Academy of Afghanistan admissions Process for Class of 2015.  4,568 young Afghans applied for 600 positions as well as 10-15 medical slots. The NMAA is a four-year bachelor degree-producing program that will commission new lieutenants annually. Photo by: MC3(AW) Michael James

    Badge of Honor

    Jan. 28 – March 5
    Kennedy Gallery
    Opening: Thursday, Feb. 2, 6-8PM
    Artist talk: Feb. 25, 5-6PM
    Closing reception: Feb. 25, 6-9PM

    Presented in partnership with PAR Projects

    “Souls are more fragile than human flesh, sometimes they just never seem to heal.”

    Pulled from a 1992 episode of Murder She Wrote — entitled Badge of Honor — these words often remain accurate.

    While it’s easy to find conflict — both overseas, as well as domestically — often overlooked is the calm that surrounds these instances. These are the moments that will ring most important in this exhibition.

    Coverage of the louder episodes within our domestic movements are easily discovered, but the joyous souls that remain painfully silent, yet proud, are often overlooked. While news outlets air footage of attacks our government carries out overseas, we rarely catch a glimpse into our local communities that stand strong and the foreign communities that aid our troops — both instilling a certain level of comfort to those in need.

    Primarily, this exhibition juxtaposes a number of foreign and domestic, conversation-worthy photographs in an attempt to address conditions of the present. A third component which integrates the sculptural form, in the way of repetitive use of toy soldiers, adds an additional layer to the conversation. Both large and small, human similarities will be highlighted throughout the space. Scale will also become a factor, especially as a few hidden features will be woven throughout the space.

    The work of three artists — Francis Hollenkamp (Cincinnati), Mike James (Cincinnati), and Raymond Thompson (Morgantown, WV) —  will be brought to light in an attempt to subtly address the aforementioned topics throughout the gallery.

    In photos selected for this exhibition, Mike James is able to present rarely seen vantage points. His work, captured during tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan give us a “different” look than what we’re used to. Essentially, while stationed abroad, he took it upon himself to explore his new found communities and interact with cultures in ways that the American public rarely gets a glimpse of.

    Raymond Thompson’s work stems from the overarching narrative of social justice in addition to our country’s overly-complex — and often overly aggressive — prison system and the affects both have on our nation’s youth. While none of his work selected for this exhibition is considered heavy handed, stories from within his imagery is relatable to a large segment of our population.

    Francis Hollenkamp rounds out the group with a more conceptual take on our unseen realities. Literally by the thousands, his arrangements of toy soldiers drum up thoughts of “strength in numbers” and “the power of organization.” Still, because the size of an individual toy soldier pails in comparison to the human form, it’s impossible not to also associate feelings of vulnerability and defenselessness within his work.

    When this exhibition is woven together throughout the space of Kennedy Heights Arts Center, the hope is that viewers will find an appreciation for the emotions these artists are able to bring forward. The bigger goal is to compel guests to interact with one another about how certain aspects of Badge of Honor affects them personally. Conversation is encouraged.

    Jonathan Sears, curator

    Photo by Mike James

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Lindner Gallery

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    Island Life

    Jan. 13 – Feb. 25
    Lindner Gallery, 6620 Montgomery Rd.
    Opening: Friday, Jan. 13, 6-8PM

    The Dominican Republic is a beautiful, mystical, and historical destination. Elliot Jordan first visited the country over ten years ago, and the beauty of the country continued to pull him back. Numerous trips also influenced the artist to change his working method from oils, to acrylic and mixed media. While living in a quaint fishing village among the people, Jordan painted a body of work seeking to interpret the island with its dream-like atmosphere with humility and humor.

    All are invited to an Opening Reception and meet the artist on Friday, January 13 from 6 to 8pm in our Lindner Gallery in the KHAC Lindner Annex at the corner of Kennedy Ave. and Montgomery Rd.

    Gallery hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 12 to 5pm and by appointment.

    Elliott Jordan, an elementary school teacher and professional artist, is a native of Cartersville, Virginia.

    Elliott Jordan’s work has been displayed at Kentucky State University, The Waller Gallery, Lexington Council of Arts Gallery, and he participated in the Kentucky Commission of Arts exhibit Black Kentucky Artists. In Cincinnati, Jordan’s work has been shown at the W.C.E.T Gallery, City Hall, and The Harriet Beecher Stowe House.

    Jordan taught for the Cincinnati Public Schools for several years. In 1971, he started his career as a freelance and portrait artist. He received his Bachelors of Art Degree at Murray State University and he received his Master of Arts Education from the University of Kentucky. In addition, Jordan has taught classes for the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University.

    Jordan is noted for realistic portraits and figures in charcoal, pastel, and oil. His subject matter ranges from scenes of personal memories, African history, faith, and spirituality.

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Kennedy Gallery

  • KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan high school students and proctors participate in the National Military Academy of Afghanistan admissions Process for Class of 2015.  4,568 young Afghans applied for 600 positions as well as 10-15 medical slots. The NMAA is a four-year bachelor degree-producing program that will commission new lieutenants annually. Photo by: MC3(AW) Michael James

    Badge of Honor

    Jan. 28 – March 5
    Kennedy Gallery
    Opening: Thursday, Feb. 2, 6-8PM
    Artist talk: Feb. 25, 5-6PM
    Closing reception: Feb. 25, 6-9PM

    Presented in partnership with PAR Projects

    “Souls are more fragile than human flesh, sometimes they just never seem to heal.”

    Pulled from a 1992 episode of Murder She Wrote — entitled Badge of Honor — these words often remain accurate.

    While it’s easy to find conflict — both overseas, as well as domestically — often overlooked is the calm that surrounds these instances. These are the moments that will ring most important in this exhibition.

    Coverage of the louder episodes within our domestic movements are easily discovered, but the joyous souls that remain painfully silent, yet proud, are often overlooked. While news outlets air footage of attacks our government carries out overseas, we rarely catch a glimpse into our local communities that stand strong and the foreign communities that aid our troops — both instilling a certain level of comfort to those in need.

    Primarily, this exhibition juxtaposes a number of foreign and domestic, conversation-worthy photographs in an attempt to address conditions of the present. A third component which integrates the sculptural form, in the way of repetitive use of toy soldiers, adds an additional layer to the conversation. Both large and small, human similarities will be highlighted throughout the space. Scale will also become a factor, especially as a few hidden features will be woven throughout the space.

    The work of three artists — Francis Hollenkamp (Cincinnati), Mike James (Cincinnati), and Raymond Thompson (Morgantown, WV) —  will be brought to light in an attempt to subtly address the aforementioned topics throughout the gallery.

    In photos selected for this exhibition, Mike James is able to present rarely seen vantage points. His work, captured during tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan give us a “different” look than what we’re used to. Essentially, while stationed abroad, he took it upon himself to explore his new found communities and interact with cultures in ways that the American public rarely gets a glimpse of.

    Raymond Thompson’s work stems from the overarching narrative of social justice in addition to our country’s overly-complex — and often overly aggressive — prison system and the affects both have on our nation’s youth. While none of his work selected for this exhibition is considered heavy handed, stories from within his imagery is relatable to a large segment of our population.

    Francis Hollenkamp rounds out the group with a more conceptual take on our unseen realities. Literally by the thousands, his arrangements of toy soldiers drum up thoughts of “strength in numbers” and “the power of organization.” Still, because the size of an individual toy soldier pails in comparison to the human form, it’s impossible not to also associate feelings of vulnerability and defenselessness within his work.

    When this exhibition is woven together throughout the space of Kennedy Heights Arts Center, the hope is that viewers will find an appreciation for the emotions these artists are able to bring forward. The bigger goal is to compel guests to interact with one another about how certain aspects of Badge of Honor affects them personally. Conversation is encouraged.

    Jonathan Sears, curator

    Photo by Mike James

    Read More

Lindner Gallery

  • island-life-for-website

    Island Life

    Jan. 13 – Feb. 25
    Lindner Gallery, 6620 Montgomery Rd.
    Opening: Friday, Jan. 13, 6-8PM

    The Dominican Republic is a beautiful, mystical, and historical destination. Elliot Jordan first visited the country over ten years ago, and the beauty of the country continued to pull him back. Numerous trips also influenced the artist to change his working method from oils, to acrylic and mixed media. While living in a quaint fishing village among the people, Jordan painted a body of work seeking to interpret the island with its dream-like atmosphere with humility and humor.

    All are invited to an Opening Reception and meet the artist on Friday, January 13 from 6 to 8pm in our Lindner Gallery in the KHAC Lindner Annex at the corner of Kennedy Ave. and Montgomery Rd.

    Gallery hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 12 to 5pm and by appointment.

    Elliott Jordan, an elementary school teacher and professional artist, is a native of Cartersville, Virginia.

    Elliott Jordan’s work has been displayed at Kentucky State University, The Waller Gallery, Lexington Council of Arts Gallery, and he participated in the Kentucky Commission of Arts exhibit Black Kentucky Artists. In Cincinnati, Jordan’s work has been shown at the W.C.E.T Gallery, City Hall, and The Harriet Beecher Stowe House.

    Jordan taught for the Cincinnati Public Schools for several years. In 1971, he started his career as a freelance and portrait artist. He received his Bachelors of Art Degree at Murray State University and he received his Master of Arts Education from the University of Kentucky. In addition, Jordan has taught classes for the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University.

    Jordan is noted for realistic portraits and figures in charcoal, pastel, and oil. His subject matter ranges from scenes of personal memories, African history, faith, and spirituality.

    Read More
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Make art. Share ideas. Build community.

The Kennedy Collective fosters artistic growth and creative collaboration for local artists and allies who are committed to building community.

Anyone, age 18 or over, is welcome to become a member of the Kennedy Collective. We invite all manner of artists – visual artists, musicians, dancers, performers, writers, designers, etc. – to join. There is no jury process for becoming a member, though you are asked to fill out a short information form.

As a member of our Collective, you have access to Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s active exhibition schedule, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities. Most importantly, you are joining an active community of amazing, creative people. Membership benefits include:

  • Access to a diverse community of artists and art enthusiasts, and a network of information, resources, ideas, and inspiration
  • Your name on KHAC website with a link to your website
  • Opportunity to participate in annual Members Only exhibition
  • Reduced entry fee for juried exhibitions at Kennedy Heights Arts Center
  • Participation in Artist Salons – monthly gatherings for artists to converse, share and connect
  • Free or reduced admission to special events and workshops
  • Opportunity to sell work in KHAC’s Gift Shop and receive a higher commission rate. Artist receives 80% of the sale price; 20% is retained by the Arts Center to help defray operating costs
  • Ability to apply for support for projects through our mini-grant program
  • Ability to share announcements and invitations in Kennedy Collective’s e-newsletter and Facebook page
  • Knowing that your contribution helps make great programming happen all year long at the Arts Center!


Membership Dues:
$50 annually

Kennedy Heights Arts Center is a nonprofit organization, and your dues and volunteer work help support a community organization that has become the epicenter of the ongoing revitalization of a unique Cincinnati neighborhood.

Application Form:

Members of the Kennedy Collective have the expectation of volunteering in Collective programs or at Kennedy Heights Arts Center about one hour a month or 12 hours per year. Check your volunteer interests below:

  • Sales Assistant
  • Special Events Sales
  • Marketing/Pubilicity
  • Decor
  • Jury Committee
  • Consignment Reports

 

  • Annual Exhibition Committee
  • Art Installation
  • Art Intake
  • Graphic Design
  • Lead a Workshop
  • Special Event Volunteer
  • Event Photography
  • Perform at Event
  • Writing/Newsletter
  • Children’s Art Class Assistant
  • Plan Artist Salons

 

  • Gardening/Landscaping
  • Cleaning/Organizing Tasks
  • Office Help (data entry, mailings, etc.)
  • Small Painting Projects
  • Small Building Maintenance Projects

 

Clicking Submit will Submit Your Application and Direct You to PayPal to Pay Member Dues of $50

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Members

  • Kathy Arnold – Photography
  • Benjamin Betsem – Painting
  • Sue Blaney – Mixed-media, Collage
  • Amy Bogard – Drawing, Painting
  • Jackie Bonfield – Mixed-media
  • Barbara Bouldin – Drawing, Painting
  • Gwen Briscoe – Ceramics
  • Mindy Burger – Mixed-media
  • Amy Burton – Photography, Collage
  • Sharon Cason – Mixed-media
  • Susan Carlson – Drawing, Sculpture
  • Lynn Conaway – Fiber
  • Mike Conaway – Wood Turning
  • Susan Crew – Painting
  • Billie Cunningham – Fiber, Doll making
  • Bren Deliantoni – Painting
  • Laurence Deprez – Sculpture, Painting
  • Lee DeRhodes – Ceramics
  • Ardelle Duffy – Painting, Drawing
  • Mallory Feltz – Mixed-media, Sculpture
  • Diane Germaine – Poetry, Dance
  • Jane Black Goepper – Ceramics
  • Timothy Gold – Painting
  • Beth Goldstein – Mixed-media, Painting
  • Linda Grieser – Music
  • Helen Haberstroh – Painting
  • Natalie Hager – Photography
  • Robin Hartmann – Fiber
  • Joanne Honschopp – Painting
  • William Jones – Photography
  • George Kalomeres, Painting
  • Sue Kemp – Photography, Ceramics
  • Tom Kinsel – Photography
  • Bob Kling – Sculpture, Mixed-media
  • Mary Lennard – Poetry
  • Monica Lira – Drawing, Painting
  • Dianne Loos – Jewelry, Painting
  • Gail Lundgren – Ceramics
  • Sabrina Mantle – Painting
  • Angela Mascolino – Painting
  • Elaine McGue – Jewelry, Photography
  • Pamela McPherson – Illustration, Drawing
  • Milissa Michel – Drawing
  • Melissa Mitchell – Painting, Photography
  • Gina Monaco – Drawing, Mixed-media
  • Sheryl Peterson – Acrylics
  • Yvonne Powell — Mixed media, Photography, Encaustic
  • Mark Prince – Photography
  • Risa Sreden Prince — Glass
  • Diane Roketenetz – Painting, Drawing
  • Jim Rulli – Painting
  • Patti Rulli – Painting
  • Grace Severyn – Jewelry
  • Sue Ann Spears – Stoneware, Clay
  • Carole Staples – Fiber, Tapestry
  • Barbara Streff – Printmaking, Silkscreen
  • Michael Streff – Drawing, Illustration
  • Elizabeth Teslow – Mixed Media, Writing
  • Debra Wallace – Fiber art, jewelry, and polymer clay
  • Zeta Wolf – Mindful meditation, painting, drawing, and sculpture
  • Chris Wright – Painting

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Call to Artists

A Matter of Skin
April 22 – June 4, 2017

Exhibition Description:    
This exhibition aims to explore various matters pertaining to skin.  Skin is merely an organ of the body, yet no other organ has been so emotionally and politically charged throughout time, or caused such divisiveness throughout the globe. This exhibit will explore an array of thought provoking questions on the matter of skin, and aims to generate meaningful discourse.  

How does the skin you’re in relate to your identity? How does the world respond to your skin?  Beyond the issue of race, does all skin matter? What is good skin?  What is healthy skin? Can you tell the difference between proud skin and violated, humiliated skin? Or skin that is sold for cheap thrills versus cherished, esteemed skin? What do certain disordered skins convey, such as vitiligo, albinism, severe eczema, psoriasis, and burned and keloided skin?  What about aged or wrinkled skin?  In the animal kingdom which skins carry a premium?  Where does the skin you’re in place you in the caste system of certain regions? How is it that skin like alabaster was coveted at one time in history, yet people with albino skin in some parts of the world such as Tanzania are considered to be essential for witchcraft rituals and are massacred with machetes for the same skin?

Eligibility:
Artists are encouraged to submit works in all media. There is no limitation other than all entries must be original works of art. The curator will select artworks based on quality, feeling evoked and relevance to the theme.

Submission Procedure:
Submissions will be accepted until February 28, 2017. Artists should submit the completed entry form and jpeg images below. All digital images must use a minimum resolution of 300dpi. Label images with the artist’s last name and title of work. There is a non-refundable $25.00 fee to submit a maximum of three pieces. Entry fee is waived for members of the Kennedy Collective. Fees can be paid online via Paypal or by check payable to the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, 6546 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45213.

Artists are also encouraged to submit an artist statement and biographical information to curator@kennedyarts.org.

Delivery and Return of Artwork:
Artists are responsible for the delivery and removal of their work. All work accepted for the exhibition must arrive ready to install. Works not gallery-ready, or differing significantly from entry images may be omitted from the exhibit. Work may be hand delivered or shipped. Shipped works must be sent in an easily reusable packaging with prepaid return shipping. Artists are responsible for all shipping costs and insurance.

Sale of Artwork:
Artwork may be for sale if desired by the artist, though it is not required. Kennedy Heights Arts Center will retain a 30% commission on all works sold.

Important Dates:
Entry deadline – February 28, 2017
Notice of Acceptance – March 18, 2017
Delivery of work – April 11-15, 2017
Exhibition dates – April 22 – June 4, 2017
Opening Reception – Saturday, April 22 from 6-9pm

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Exhibition Proposals for the 2018 Gallery Season

We are no longer accepting proposals for the 2017 exhibition season.

Please check back in April/May 2017 when we will begin accepting and reviewing proposals for our 2018 exhibition season.

Kennedy Heights Arts Center (KHAC) is dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging and established artists in a variety of media. KHAC’s mission is to enhance the life of the surrounding community through arts and cultural experiences that embrace diversity, foster creativity and build community. We are especially interested in socially-conscious art that stimulates conversation and community-based art involving collaborations between artists and communities.

The Kennedy’s historic mansion contains over 2,000 square feet of beautiful gallery space, featuring hardwood floors, historic architecture and contemporary museum track lighting. KHAC hosts seven to eight exhibitions annually; each typically contains 40 to 50 individual pieces, depending on size.

The smaller Lindner Gallery in our Carl, Robert, Richard and Dorothy Lindner Annex is 700 square feet with hardwood floors and high ceilings, adjacent to our event center.

Proposals may be submitted for solo, group or curated exhibitions in either gallery. Proposals are selected by a jury based on quality of the work; diversity of style, media and content for the year; and how the show contributes to KHAC’s mission.

Submission guidelines:
To be considered for an exhibition, please send a completed Exhibition Proposal Form, artist statement, bio/CV and up to 10 images of your work in jpeg format, minimum 300 dpi. Please label images “artist name_title”. Proposals and images may be sent to:
curator@kennedyarts.org

Or mailed to:
Kennedy Heights Arts Center
6546 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45213

For more information, please contact Ellen Muse-Lindeman at 513.631.4278.

KHAC Exhibition Proposal Form

  • Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 5:00
  • Saturday: 11:00 - 4:00
  • Closed Sunday - Monday