Exhibitions

Kennedy Gallery

  • Resilience Through Clay: Erika NJ Allen

    Feb. 10 – March 16, 2024
    Kennedy Gallery
    Opening Reception: Feb. 10, 6-8 pm

    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

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Lindner Gallery

  • Déjà Vu: Creativity Repeats Itself

    February 3 – April 13, 2024
    Lindner Gallery
    Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 6-8 pm
    Artist Talk: Saturday, February 17, 1-3 pm

    Juneteenth Cincinnati presents Déjà vu: Creativity Repeats Itself, a visual art exhibition of commissioned new works by 10 local Cincinnati artists. Co-curated by Brandon and Ewaniki Hawkins (Soul Palette), this exhibit pairs five youth/young adult artists with five seasoned/elder artists to symbolize how the past shapes the future – reflecting on and giving reverence to how we always look back to remember our history and show love to the ones who came before us, as we gather our strength again and again to sustain and forge a greater future. The veteran artists and youth artists will represent five different forms of art, with each pair “mirroring” their selected art form. The similarities and differences in the works will highlight each artist’s unique “voice of freedom,” examining what is lending or contributing to their ideals and values and how society or generation enhances or distorts their perspectives or values.

    Exhibiting Artists: Jonte Bartleson, Quinn Battiste, Alpha Frierson, Ryan Nichole Leary, Cynthia Lockhart,  Addison Maxberry, Madison Scruggs, Ryene Smith, Kailah Ware, Frank D. Young

    Join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, February 3 from 6 – 8pm. Free, open to the public, live music and light refreshments.

    An Artist Panel Discussion will take place on Saturday, February 17 from 3 – 4:30pm. Free, open to the public, light refreshments served.

    The exhibition is the centerpiece of the 4th Annual Voices of Freedom presented by Juneteenth Cincinnati, a visual and performing arts series examining Black history from a contemporary perspective and celebrating Black art and expression. 

    Voices of Freedom will also feature a series of three performances in March, featuring dance, spoken word and music. While the exhibition is free and open to the public, tickets are required for each of the performances. More details and ticket links coming soon on our website: www.kennedyarts.org

    Saturday, March 2 – Cincy Poetry Night
    Hosted by MoPoetry Phillips of Regal Rhythms Poetry. This will be an epic night of poetry, musical entertainment and community featuring the HeartSounds Band, Zinnia Stewart, Jacqueline Johnson-Wilkinson “Gifted”, SoL, Kiyah Dean, and more.

    Saturday, March 16 – Our Connection is Africa
    Cincy Brazil Samba Dance performance shares a world of African roots demonstrating the diaspora through its perspective and experience.

    Saturday, March 23 – I Dream of Me
    Collaboration of Revolution Dance Theatre and David Choate Productions, supported by the United Way of Creative Cincinnati. Students of Academy of World Languages had the opportunity to learn choreography from the production “I Dream of Me.” Kids will display some of the same steps that the dancers performed in the show.

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Kennedy Gallery

  • Resilience Through Clay: Erika NJ Allen

    Feb. 10 – March 16, 2024
    Kennedy Gallery
    Opening Reception: Feb. 10, 6-8 pm

    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

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  • 16th Annual Student Art Show

    March 23 – April 27, 2024
    Kennedy Gallery
    Opening Reception: Saturday, March 23 from 6-8 pm

    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!

    Exhibiting Artists TBD.

    Image: (From 2023 Student Art Show) Scattered by Lauren Koon, Class: The Art of Collage, Instructor: Karen Saunders

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

    May 4 – June 29, 2024
    Kennedy Gallery
    Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4 from 6-8 pm

    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.

    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.

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  • Voices from India: Social and Cultural Reflections

    July 6 – August 31, 2024
    Kennedy Gallery
    Opening Reception: Saturday, July 6 from 6-8 pm

    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

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  • Chapter 2: A Subtle Farewell to the Inner Child… an immersive artistic journey by Gee Horton

    September 7 – November 2, 2024
    Kennedy Gallery
    Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7 from 6-8 pm
    Artist Talk: TBD

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

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  • New Works by Kennedy Collective Members

    November 9 – December 21, 2024
    Kennedy Gallery
    Opening Reception: Saturday, November 9 from 6-8 pm

    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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Lindner Gallery

  • Déjà Vu: Creativity Repeats Itself

    February 3 – April 13, 2024
    Lindner Gallery
    Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 6-8 pm
    Artist Talk: Saturday, February 17, 1-3 pm

    Juneteenth Cincinnati presents Déjà vu: Creativity Repeats Itself, a visual art exhibition of commissioned new works by 10 local Cincinnati artists. Co-curated by Brandon and Ewaniki Hawkins (Soul Palette), this exhibit pairs five youth/young adult artists with five seasoned/elder artists to symbolize how the past shapes the future – reflecting on and giving reverence to how we always look back to remember our history and show love to the ones who came before us, as we gather our strength again and again to sustain and forge a greater future. The veteran artists and youth artists will represent five different forms of art, with each pair “mirroring” their selected art form. The similarities and differences in the works will highlight each artist’s unique “voice of freedom,” examining what is lending or contributing to their ideals and values and how society or generation enhances or distorts their perspectives or values.

    Exhibiting Artists: Jonte Bartleson, Quinn Battiste, Alpha Frierson, Ryan Nichole Leary, Cynthia Lockhart,  Addison Maxberry, Madison Scruggs, Ryene Smith, Kailah Ware, Frank D. Young

    Join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, February 3 from 6 – 8pm. Free, open to the public, live music and light refreshments.

    An Artist Panel Discussion will take place on Saturday, February 17 from 3 – 4:30pm. Free, open to the public, light refreshments served.

    The exhibition is the centerpiece of the 4th Annual Voices of Freedom presented by Juneteenth Cincinnati, a visual and performing arts series examining Black history from a contemporary perspective and celebrating Black art and expression. 

    Voices of Freedom will also feature a series of three performances in March, featuring dance, spoken word and music. While the exhibition is free and open to the public, tickets are required for each of the performances. More details and ticket links coming soon on our website: www.kennedyarts.org

    Saturday, March 2 – Cincy Poetry Night
    Hosted by MoPoetry Phillips of Regal Rhythms Poetry. This will be an epic night of poetry, musical entertainment and community featuring the HeartSounds Band, Zinnia Stewart, Jacqueline Johnson-Wilkinson “Gifted”, SoL, Kiyah Dean, and more.

    Saturday, March 16 – Our Connection is Africa
    Cincy Brazil Samba Dance performance shares a world of African roots demonstrating the diaspora through its perspective and experience.

    Saturday, March 23 – I Dream of Me
    Collaboration of Revolution Dance Theatre and David Choate Productions, supported by the United Way of Creative Cincinnati. Students of Academy of World Languages had the opportunity to learn choreography from the production “I Dream of Me.” Kids will display some of the same steps that the dancers performed in the show.

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  • Growth from Creativity: KHAC 20th Anniversary Exhibition

    May 9 – July 18, 2024
    Lindner Gallery
    KHAC Celebration event and exhibit Opening: Thursday, May 9 from 6 – 8 pm (Free, reservations requested)

    To highlight and celebrate the milestone of Kennedy Heights Arts Center being open for 20 years, we proudly present this group show features diverse works by 20 talented artists (of the many!) that have helped shape and grow KHAC over the years. Collaboration with immensely talented local artists has been pivotal to the success of KHAC’s mission and all that the organization has done over the years. Whether it be curating, teaching, outreach programming, jurying, creating public artworks, and/or volunteering their time and talents over the years, these artists have been crucial to shaping and supporting Kennedy Heights Arts Center.

    Exhibiting Artists: Gordon Baer (d. 2019), Mindy Burger, Susan Byrnes, Lynn Conaway, Mike Conaway, Cedric Michael Cox, Billie Cunningham, Saad Ghosn, Melvin Grier, Robin Hartmann, Will Jones, Michael Keating, Karen Linser, Paul Loehle, Adoria Maxberry, Casey Riordan, Jonathan Sears, Carole Gary Staples

    Limited Edition Plates Set Artists: Erika NJ Allen, April Cooper, Lynne Gibb, Beth Goldstein, Terence Hammonds, Sage Hummel, Kate Kern, Pam Kravetz, Karen Saunders, Brenda Tarbell

    Image: Saad Ghosn, The Best Donkturtchimp, Woodcut Print on Rives BFK, 30×22.5 (34x26framed), 2014

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  • Kuumba Quilt Show

    August 3 – October 17, 2024
    Lindner Gallery
    Opening Reception: Saturday, August 3 from 6-8 pm

    Kuumba Quilters was founded in February 2020 by Ohio artists Monica Scott and Renee Wormack-Keels to help not only preserve and promote the art of quilting and culture in the African American community, but to also serve as a support system for African American artists. However, COVID-19 hit Ohio just as meetings were supposed to begin, but the group pressed on, meeting virtually and gaining members from all across America. This exhibition features new fiber artworks created by current Kuumba Quilters members, that incorporate text and art quilts with unconventional themes and images.

    This group, named for “Kuumba” the sixth principle of Kwanzaa that celebrates creativity as a way to build and preserve a strong and vibrant community, and includes members from all across America and still continues to evolve and grow. Its members are a true hybrid of new and experienced artists, men and women, and those that have exhibited all over the country and other who have yet to exhibit.

    The Kuumba Quilters had their first group exhibit at KHAC in 2021.

    Curated by Carole Gary Staples, member artist

    Image: (from 2021 show) Creative Chaos by Stefanie Rivers, Mixed Media/Quilt

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  • Local Talent 2024

    November 2 – December 14, 2024
    Lindner Gallery
    Opening Reception: Saturday, November 2 from 6 – 8 pm

    Talented artists are all around us! View a variety of diverse artworks created by residents of Kennedy Heights, Pleasant Ridge, Silverton, and Amberley Village in Local Talent 2024. Celebrate the immense creativity that we have right here in our neighborhoods – our local talent!

    Exhibiting Artists TBD.

    Image: (Local Talent 2023) Pat Eastin poses with her photograph titled Landon Finds Some Buckeyes for the First Time

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Make art. Share ideas. Build community.

The Kennedy Collective fosters artistic growth and creative collaboration for local artists 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 so we can get to know you and find out what volunteer opportunities are of interest to you.

As a member of our Collective, you have access to Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s exhibitions and events, 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
  • No 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
  • Commission rate is  75% of the sale price goes to the artist; 25% is retained by the Arts Center to help defray operating costs
  • Ability to share announcements and invitations in Kennedy Collective’s email newsletter and Facebook page
  • Knowing that your contribution helps make great programming happen all year long at the Arts Center!

Membership Dues: As of September 2021, there is no annual fee to be a Kennedy Collective member. Instead, we ask that all members volunteer at least 12 hours of their time over the year to contribute to the Collective and KHAC programming. A minimum number of hours (6) will need to have been completed by September 1 each year to qualify to exhibit in the annual Kennedy Collective exhibition.

If you can not volunteer, Collective members can make a monetary donation to the Talbert House Passages Book Nook Project. Every $10 donated equals 1 volunteer hour. All of the donation money goes directly to the Book Nook Project!

Collective member Volunteer Opportunities

Talbert House Passages Book Nook Project – click here for more information and to donate

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

Application Form to become a Collective Member:

    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 AssistantSpecial Events SalesMarketing/PubilicityDecorJury CommitteeConsignment Reports

    Annual Exhibition CommitteeArt InstallationArt IntakeGraphic DesignLead a WorkshopSpecial Event VolunteerEvent PhotographyPerform at EventWriting/NewsletterChildren's Art Class AssistantPlan Artist Salons

    Gardening/LandscapingCleaning/Organizing TasksOffice HelpSmall Painting ProjectsSmall Building Maintenance Projects

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    Members

    • Jereena Ameen – Fiber Art
    • Lisa Andrews – foodie pun t-shirts, notecards
    • Amy Bogard – Drawing, Painting
    • Mindy Burger – Collage, Mixed-media
    • Meghan Burke – Ceramics, Poetry
    • Susan Carlson – Drawing, Sculpture
    • Lynn Conaway – Fiber
    • Mike Conaway – Wood Turning
    • Siricha (Kae) Connolly – Portrait Artist, Oil Pastel
    • Billie Cunningham – Fiber, Doll making
    • Angela Derrick – Ceramic beads
    • Jeff Dey – Pysanky (Ukrainian egg decorating) & Culinary arts
    • Katherine Donaghy – Drawing, Painting, Collage
    • Monique Dunson – Acrylic, Mixed Media
    • Nathaniel Dunson – Oil Painting
    • Mallory Feltz – Mixed-media, Sculpture
    • Ramsey Ford – Graphic design, Printmaking
    • Phyllis Foster – Photography
    • Samantha Gaier – Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Oil Paint
    • Cherie Garces – Painting, Poetry
    • Diane Germaine – Poetry, Dance
    • Lynne Gibb – Ceramics
    • Linda Gillings – Photography, Multidisciplinary
    • Sue Griebling – Fiber Art, Collage
    • Linda Grieser – Music
    • Mark Haase – Ceramics
    • Helen Haberstroh – Painting
    • Heather Haley – Textile Art, Painting
    • Donna Hardy – Mixed Media Collage, Photography
    • Robin Hartmann – Fiber Art, Mixed Media
    • Deborah Hilson – Imagination Dolls 
    • Kathryn Hinton – Mixed Media, Masks
    • Sage Hummel – Ceramics
    • William Jones – Photography
    • Janice Kagermeier – Book Arts
    • Sue Kemp – Photography, Ceramics
    • Thomas Kinsel – Photography
    • Deborah Kovacs-Sturdevant – Polymer Clay and Mixed-media 
    • Abby Langdon – Textile Art, Fiber Art, Millinery
    • Judith Larsen – Pastels
    • Mary Lennard – Poetry
    • William Linthicum – Pastels, Painting
    • Monica Lira – Drawing, Painting
    • Edward Lopez – Cardboard Constructions
    • Angela Mascolino – Painting
    • Liz McGavran – Alcohol Ink, Interior Design
    • Milissa Michel – Drawing
    • Gina Monaco – Painting
    • Laura Porter – Photography
    • Jim Rulli – Painting
    • Patti Rulli – Painting
    • Kim Schon – Painting
    • Nancy Seifried – Pastel, Watercolor, Acrylic
    • Grace Severyn – Jewelry, Painting
    • Kimberly J. Wilfong Sigman – Mixed-media, Doll Making 
    • TJ Smith – Painting
    • Raquel Sotelo – Painting
    • Carole Gray Staples – Fiber, Tapestry
    • Barbara Streff – Printmaking, Silkscreen
    • Michael Streff – Drawing, Illustration
    • Shalu Suneja – Ceramics
    • Kate Tepe – Multidisciplinary, Graphic Design
    • Delores Massey Thomas – Photography
    • Shawndale Thomas – Photography
    • Michael Thompson – Musician, Instrument maker
    • Jamin Toran – Photography
    • Stacey Torres – Painting, Mixed-media
    • Debra Wallace – Fiber art, jewelry, and polymer clay
    • Sarah Weber – Painting
    • Sue Wilke – Photography
    • Zeta Wolf – Mindful meditation, painting, drawing, and jewelry
    • Chris Wright – Acrylic, Watercolor, Mixed Media
    • Linda Young – Fiber art, Crocheted items

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    Call To Artists – Hearts of Liberation: A Celebration of Radical Black Love as Collective Care

    Exhibition dates: May 4 – June 29, 2024

    LOCATION:
    Kennedy Heights Arts Center, Kennedy Gallery, 6546 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213

    EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION: Exhibition of visual art created by local artists, curated by Asha the Artist.
    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 exhibition delves into the profound concept of Radical Black Love as a driving force behind the ongoing movement for Black liberation. It explores how this love, fueled by collective care and activism, has shaped the past, informs the present, and propels us toward a more just and equitable future.

    THEME AND INSPIRATION:
    We invite artists to submit works that resonate with the theme of Hearts of Liberation: A Celebration of Radical Black Love as Collective Care. This theme challenges conventional notions of love, transforming it from a mere emotion into a powerful political tool. Drawing inspiration from the writings of bell hooks and the legacy of Black feminist thought, “Hearts of Liberation” aims to showcase a curated collection of artworks that illuminate the depth and richness of Black love and activism. This exhibition will trace 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 should contribute to weaving a narrative of hope, resilience, and solidarity. The works showcased will celebrate love as a communal force for transformation.

    ELIGIBILITY:
    Eligible artists are those age 18 and over who reside in the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Area, which includes the following counties: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties in Ohio; Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton Counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn, Ohio, and Union Counties in Indiana.

    FEE:
    No cost to submit

    SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:
    DUE DATE: Submissions will be accepted until end of day Monday, March 4, 2024.
    Completed entries and all questions can be emailed to curator@kennedyarts.org

    GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION:

    • All forms of visual art will be considered – including, but not limited to painting, photography, sculpture, digital art, mixed media, fiber art, and video art are welcome. (Artist must supply all technical equipment for viewing, if video artwork is accepted.)

    • Artists may enter a maximum of THREE artworks for consideration. They can be from any year.

    • Artworks should explore the multifaceted nature of Black love, activism, and resilience.

    • Submissions should align with the theme of “Hearts of Liberation” and may touch upon its historical roots or contemporary manifestations.

    • Artists are encouraged to submit pieces that evoke emotions, tell stories, challenge perceptions, and inspire reflection.

    • Each submitted artwork MUST be accompanied by a short artist statement that provides insight into the inspiration and message behind the piece. No more than 300 words each.
    If accepted, these short statements will be printed, mounted, and hung with the artwork.

    Please name your files as follows:
    Artist’s last name, first initial and title of the work, for example: SmithB-WishYouWereHere.jpeg.
    Image files should be large enough to be seen clearly when viewed full screen on a standard computer, and be correctly oriented with the top of the file being the top of the image.

    Please include the following in a Word Document:
    Contact information: First and Last name, address, phone number, email, and social media handle (Facebook and/or Instagram).

    For each artwork include: Title, Materials, Dimensions, Year, Price (or NFS – not for sale), statement for photo (no more than 300 words each).

    • If your artwork is selected for inclusion in this exhibition, the submitted statement and title tag information will be printed and hung with your piece.

    All selections will be made by Asha the Artist, Curator

    NOTIFICATION:
    All Artists will be notified by end of day Wednesday, March 20, 2024

    ARTWORK DROP OFF DATES (do not ship artwork):
    Friday, April 19 – 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, April 20 – 11 am to 4 pm
    Tuesday, April 23 – Friday, April 24 – 10am to 5 pm, Saturday, April 27 – 11 am to 4 pm

    DELIVERY AND RETURN OF ARTWORK:
    Artists are responsible for the delivery and pick up of their work. All work accepted for the exhibition must arrive gallery ready with any necessary installation instructions. Artwork differing from entry images may be omitted from the exhibit. Work must be hand delivered. Artists will be notified of when to pick up their artwork after conclusion of the exhibition.

    SALE OF ARTWORK:
    Artwork may be for sale if desired by the artist, though it is not required. If sold, artist will receive 75% commission, and Kennedy Heights Arts Center will retain a 25% commission on all works sold. Kennedy Heights Arts Center will handle all artwork sales while artwork is in the exhibition. If work is for sale, artists will be required to fill out a W-9 when they drop off their work.

    IMPORTANT DATES:
    Entry deadline – March 4, 2024 by end of day
    Notice of Acceptance – March 25, 2024 by end of day
    Artwork drop off Dates – Friday, April 19 – 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, April 20 – 11 am to 4 pm
    Tuesday, April 23 – Friday, April 24 – 10am to 5 pm, Saturday, April 27 – 11 am to 4 pm
    Opening Reception – Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 6-8pm
    Artwork pick up Dates – July 2, July 3, July 5 between 10am to 5pm and July 6 between 11am to 4pm. All work must be picked up by 4pm on July 6.

    Download the Call to Artists as a PDF

    Exhibition Proposals for the 2025 Seasons

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s mission is to enliven our surrounding community through arts and cultural experiences that embrace diversity, foster creativity and build community. We invite artists and curators to partner with us in this mission through the presentation of diverse visual art exhibitions.

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center strives to stimulate interaction and dialogue and create social change through the practice of art. We are specifically looking for exhibitions that contain content that speaks to social issues or themes that start conversations and build community. (This could be done solely through your own work, an invitational group show, or a curated juried exhibition.) Proposals may be submitted for curatorial projects in all media. We are also receptive to hosting a variety of events in conjunction with exhibitions (workshops, discussions, performances, etc.).

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center offers two beautiful exhibition spaces. The Kennedy Gallery in our historic mansion contains over 2,000 square feet of gallery space, featuring hardwood floors, historic architecture and contemporary museum track lighting. We host 5-7 exhibitions annually in this gallery; each typically contains 50 to 60 individual pieces, depending on size and type.

    The 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. Work in this gallery must be two-dimensional and able to hang on the wall. Each show typically includes 10-25 pieces, depending on size.

    Deadline for submissions: Thursday, June 20, 2024 by 11:59 pm 

    Proposals will be selected by a jury of professional artists and curators based on quality of the work; diversity of approach, media and style for the year; and how the show contributes to KHAC’s mission. Artists will be notified by September 30, 2024.

    Submission guidelines:
    Please send a completed Exhibition Proposal Form (see link below to download), artist statement, bio/CV and up to 15 images of your work in jpeg format, minimum 72 dpi (with no smaller than 1000 pixels in any direction). Please label images “artist name_title”.

    Please email completed applications and inquiries HERE

    Or mailed to:

    ATTN: Mallory Feltz
    Kennedy Heights Arts Center
    6546 Montgomery Rd.
    Cincinnati, OH 45213

    For more information, please contact Mallory Feltz at 513.631.4278

    Download the KHAC Exhibition Proposal Form 2025

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