• 18 August 2020
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    To view the artist statement and artist bio for each image, please follow THIS LINK.

    Please drive through the exhibit following this route:

    Protests this summer have lifted the voices of people seeking justice. Thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest systemic racism and police brutality. Many waved signs and posters, using artistic expression and the power of the printed word to rally the emotions of others to demand for racial equity.

    Throughout history, posters have been used as a powerful form of protest and symbol of discontent. Does the poster empower? Does it call others to arms? In its most successful form, the protest poster speaks the voice of an individual but captures the voice of the many.

    A common form of political art – the protest poster – was the inspiration for UPRISING, an outdoor exhibition of printed works created by Black artists that explore themes of racial justice, presented by Kennedy Heights Arts Center in partnership with Art Beyond Boundaries, and curated by Jymi Bolden.

    “The imagery of this exhibit confronts the viewer with the injustices to which today’s young artists bare witness. The viewer is also reminded of the fact that these injustices are reruns of race-based atrocities through the lens of images drawn from the life experiences of the veteran artists in the exhibit,” remarked curator Jymi Bolden.

    Newly created works by Cincinnati-based artists Cherie Garces, Terence Hammonds, Gee Horton, Hannah “Jonesy” Jones, Jimi Jones, Cynthia Lockhart, and Ricci Michaels are displayed along with a newly printed image from an archived 35mm negative by Melvin Grier, a newly altered 2019 painting by Gilbert Young (Atlanta, GA), and a Thom Shaw (d. 2010) print. The original works of art were photographed in high-resolution and printed large-scale (4’ x 6’) using weather resistant materials to allow them to be installed outside.

    The goal of this exhibition is to provide a platform for Black artists’ voices. In UPRISING, artists use the power of art to illuminate and tackle issues of racial justice, and boldly advocate for change.

    Spaced throughout the grassy grounds of the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, this exhibition can be viewed as a drive-through experience, utilizing the circular driveway that wraps around the building, or guests can park and explore the exhibit on foot. 

    Art prints and postcards of each of the images will be available for sale, with net proceeds split between the artist (50%) and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center (50%).

    UPRISING will be on view from September 12 to November 28, 2020 at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, 6546 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213. Outdoor viewing open from dawn to dusk. To purchase prints, visit our art shop Wednesday-Friday, 10am to 5pm, and Saturday, 11am to 4pm, or call 513-631-4278, ext. 3.

    Thank you to filmmaker Biz Young and FotoFocus Cincinnati for working with us to create the following video about this exhibition.

    Behold, Acrylic and glitter on canvas, by Cherie Garces

    UPRISING image credit: Jason Whitman

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  • Metamorphosis: New Works by the Kennedy Collective

    • 20 February 2020
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Members of the Kennedy Artist Collective are proud to present their annual exhibition for 2020. The show includes new and previously unseen works in all media by local artists, including paintings, collages, sculptures, fiber, and more! The exhibition also features Off the Wall: a collection of smaller works for $50 each with half the proceeds going to support Kennedy Heights Arts Center.

    Exhibiting artists include: Susan Carlson, Lynn Conaway, Michael Conaway, June Pfaff Daley, Harold Dreibelbis, Cherie Garces, Diane Germaine, Helen Haberstroh, Wendy Henehan, Michael Hensley, William Jones, Susan Kemp, Robert Kling, Uneek Lowe, Angela Mascolino, Liz McGavran, TJ Smith, Kate Spencer, Connie Springer, Michael Streff, Delores Massey Thomas, Joanie Weidner, Sue Wilke.
    Get your holiday shopping done early by browsing our Holiday Art Market with handmade goods made by local artists.
    Click here to reserve free timed entry tickets. These tickets ensure that you can visit at your desired day and time. If you visit without tickets, you may be asked to wait or come back at a different time due to capacity limits. Masks are required. Please practice social distancing.

    Postcard design by Tom Kinsel

  • Retold

    • 10 November 2020
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    With a fresh take on the holiday season, Kennedy Heights Art Center is pleased to announce the outdoor exhibition Retold, on view from December 4 – 31, 2020, on the grounds of the Arts Center. Presented in partnership with the Art Academy of Cincinnati, this exhibition features 10 diverse artists, all Art Academy alumni or staff, who have been commissioned to create new works that also include lighted elements.

    Retold will present each artists’ unique retelling or re-envisioning of a traditional winter holiday folktale, fable, or story. Tales from different cultures, popular stories, and winter fairy tales are all examined and represented from a contemporary perspective. Some may include humor, others may focus on incorporating situations from present day, while others reflect a message or something of personal significance.

    2020 has been the year of change, re-examining, and adaption (to say the least). This project provides an accessible platform for artists to share their particular twist on familiar stories, or to highlight extraordinary tales, in a fun and festive way. This outdoor exhibition can be viewed as a drive-thru experience, or guests can park and explore it on foot. With the inclusion of light elements on each one of the panels, each artwork will have a different experience during the day versus at night. Open every day during the run of the exhibition.

    Confirmed exhibiting artists: David Michael Butler, Sea Dax, Matthew Dayler, Claire Flath, Caleb Francis, Sydney Greene, Jordan Haworth-Zermeno, Kelly Stevens, Savannah Vagedes, and Dai Williams.

    This exhibition is sponsored by ArtsWave

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