• Resilience Through Clay: Erika NJ Allen

    • 6 December 2023
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    From September 2023 through January 2024, multi-disciplinary artist Erika NJ Allen conducted a series of workshops with community members, with each month focusing on a particular theme: empathy, unity, equity, and diversity. Erika is the latest recipient of the Vibrancy Fellowship at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, a program designed to empower emerging artists to take risks and explore new creative challenges while deeply engaging with the community.

    Erika’s journey is one marked by creativity and resilience, and her story is a testament to the transformative power of art. The monthly workshop themes hold a mirror to the community and society at large, offering participants an opportunity to engage deeply with these concepts through artistic expression. Erika believes that art can instigate curiosity, nurture kinship, and expand knowledge, and these workshops are a testament to that belief.

    This exhibition features the ceramic works from all the workshop participants, as well as a body of work created by Erika NJ Allen during her five-month Vibrancy Fellowship.

    Join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, February 10 from 6-8 pm including a brief discussion with Erika and participants at 6:30 pm.

    Supported by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts

  • 16th Annual Student Art Show

    • 6 December 2023
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Each year, Kennedy Heights Arts Center celebrates our talented students with an exhibition featuring original artwork in all media created by the youth and adult students enrolled in KHAC classes.
    This show presents a wide range of works in fiber art, painting, collage, ceramics, and more, and is sure to inspire artists of all ages!

    Join us in celebrating everyone’s creativity at the opening reception on Saturday, March 23 from 5-7pm. Free, open to the public, light refreshments served.

    Exhibiting Artists are youth, teen, and adult students who have taken classes here at Kennedy Heights Arts Center.

    Image: Diane Johannigman, Apartment City, Mix Media, The Art of Collage, Karen Saunders

  • Hearts of Liberation: A Celebration of Radical Black Love as Collective Care

    • 6 December 2023
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    In a world marked by struggle and injustice, Hearts of Liberation: A Celebration of Radical Black Love as Collective Care emerges as a beacon of hope—a testament to the unwavering power of love, resilience, and community. This group exhibition, curated by Cincinnati artist Asha the Artist, delves into the profound concept of Radical Black Love as a driving force behind the ongoing movement for Black liberation. Through a curated collective of artworks gleaned from a public open call and special invitations, this show explores how the richness of Black love, fueled by collective care and activism, has shaped the past, informs the present, and propels us toward a more just and equitable future.

    This exhibition traces the evolution of Radical Black Love from its historical roots to the present day. It celebrates the activists, organizers, and everyday heroes who have embodied this love and demonstrates how it has sustained and empowered communities through generations. Each piece of art contributes to weaving a narrative of hope, resilience, and solidarity, and celebrates love as a communal force for transformation.

    Exhibiting Artists: Zuri Ali, Nytaya Babbitt, Ron Blassingame, Michael Coppage, Asa Featherstone IV, Angela Franklin, (Naj) Janice Frierson –Edwards, Terence Hammonds, Magnus Juliano, Faith Lewis, LaRenda Nelms, Mark Rozic, Joi Sears, Kimberly Wilfong Sigman, Ryene Smith

    Join us in celebrating the Opening Reception on Saturday, May 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Free, open to the public, light refreshments served, live DJ.

    Curator Talk: Saturday, June 1 at 1:00pm

    Image: Ron Blassingame, Connected, 35mm film photography 

  • Voices from India: Social and Cultural Reflections

    • 6 December 2023
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Curated by Saad Ghosn of SOS ART, Printed Voices from India: Social and Cultural Reflections features prints by contemporary printmakers from the India. These artists use artwork as their voice and communication tool to reflect on the cultural and social issues they face. Artists TBD.

    An Indian Cultural Festival will be organized and scheduled in conjunction with this exhibition.

    Image: Various printmaking tools

  • Gee Horton: Chapter 2, A Subtle Farewell to the Inner Child

    • 6 December 2023
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Gee Horton: Chapter 2, A Subtle Farewell to the Inner Child, Horton’s second solo exhibition, delves into the artist’s exploration of the inner child. Weaving personal narratives and collective experiences, this exhibition invites visitors to embark on profound voyages of healing and self-discovery. This exhibition is part of the 2024 FotoFocus Biennial.

    Inspired by a soul-stirring pilgrimage to Senegal, West Africa, Horton’s odyssey commences with a “spiritual cowrie shell reading,” unveiling his father’s ailing health. This revelation sparks a cathartic quest, enabling Horton to confront childhood traumas and mend fractured bonds.

    Juxtaposing the artist’s individual odyssey is the collective narrative of six middle-aged African American men, each intimately connected to Horton and his formative years. Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky and various corners of Ohio, these men share parallel journeys of resilience, redemption, and renewal.

    Through employing “The Baobab Project,” a multifaceted artistic endeavor integrating photography, collage, and mixed media, Horton explores the nuanced experiences of Black men transitioning from youth to adulthood. Conceptually grounded in majestic African Baobab trees, symbolizing resilience and communal strength, the exhibition draws poignant parallels to the modern-day Barbershop—an emblematic space of camaraderie and empowerment within Black communities.

    Horton’s exhibition offers a multi-dimensional exploration of black masculinity and the human spirit with installations and artworks that facilitate dialogue on blackness, identity, and the enduring power of healing. Through photography, drawings, collage, and videography — a dynamic short film in collaboration with filmmaker Shay Nartker — Horton crafts an intimate, immersive experience for viewers to reflect, connect, and discover beauty in the journey of self-discovery and resilience.

    Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7 from 6-8pm

    Image: Gee Horton, The Watcher, SX-70 Polaroid Film, 2022, 4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″

    Support for this 2024 FotoFocus Biennial exhibition was provided by FotoFocus.

  • New Works by Kennedy Collective Members

    • 6 December 2023
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Kennedy Collective members are proud to present their annual show for 2024, exhibiting new and previously unseen works in all media by local artists – including painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fiber art, and more! Many of the works are available for sale. 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 TBD.

    Do your holiday shopping at our Art Shop & Holiday Art Market, with handmade goods by over 60 local artists.

    Image: (From 2023 Kennedy Collective Exhibition) Autumn Azalea by Angela Mascolino, Watercolor on paper

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