Exhibitions

Kennedy Gallery

  • Undermining Silence: The Language of Change

    June 12 - August 28, 2021
    Outdoor Gallery
    Reception: June 26, 4-6pm
    Artist Talk: August 21, 4-6pm

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

    Please drive through the exhibit following this route:

    Nine members of the artist collective Black Art Speaks will exhibit new artworks in Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s outdoor gallery this Summer in a show titled Undermining Silence: The Language of Change. Black Art Speaks is a collective of Black artists who elevate their voices and impact their community through artistic practices. This group emerged from the Cincinnati Black Lives Matter mural where lead artists and organizers found value in continuing their mission and combining forces. Their new original art pieces will be reproduced as large panels and installed around the KHAC grounds, which can be viewed as a drive-thru experience or guests can park and explore on foot. This exhibit includes reflective art inspired by protests against injustices which includes the purpose, process, and participation in creating a Black Lives Matter mural in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

    Outdoor Gallery participants include: Brent Billingsley, Michael Coppage, Cedric Michael Cox, Latausha Cox, Ke’Monte’ Figgs, Brandon Hawkins, Adoria Maxberry, Annie Ruth, Asha White

    Exhibition will be open from June 12 – August 28, 2021 (every day from dawn to dusk)

    An Opening Reception, which will also include music by the Camille Saba Smith Trio sponsored by It’s Commonly Jazz, will take place outside on Saturday, June 26 from 4-6pm.

    An Artist Talk will also be held outside on Saturday, August 21 from 4-6pm.

    Image Credit: Justice/Just Us, Brent Billingsley, Reduction Woodblock Cut; ink on paper (photo credit:  Robin Imaging)

     
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  • 13th Annual Student & Faculty Exhibition

    June 5 - June 26, 2021



    Opening Day: Saturday, June 5, 11am – 8pm

    Featuring artwork created by KHAC students and faculty from the past year, the 13th Annual Student & Faculty Exhibition showcases the variety of class offerings at the Art Center and celebrates the talents of its wonderful community. Following the events of 2020, we feel there is even more to celebrate this year. This display includes work from art makers ages seven to senior creating in a wide array of themes and mediums. Click here to reserve your free timed entry ticket.

    Image credit: Artwork by Portrait Drawing student Marilyn Wilson

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Lindner Gallery

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Kennedy Gallery

  • Undermining Silence: The Language of Change

    June 12 - August 28, 2021
    Outdoor Gallery
    Reception: June 26, 4-6pm
    Artist Talk: August 21, 4-6pm

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

    Please drive through the exhibit following this route:

    Nine members of the artist collective Black Art Speaks will exhibit new artworks in Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s outdoor gallery this Summer in a show titled Undermining Silence: The Language of Change. Black Art Speaks is a collective of Black artists who elevate their voices and impact their community through artistic practices. This group emerged from the Cincinnati Black Lives Matter mural where lead artists and organizers found value in continuing their mission and combining forces. Their new original art pieces will be reproduced as large panels and installed around the KHAC grounds, which can be viewed as a drive-thru experience or guests can park and explore on foot. This exhibit includes reflective art inspired by protests against injustices which includes the purpose, process, and participation in creating a Black Lives Matter mural in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

    Outdoor Gallery participants include: Brent Billingsley, Michael Coppage, Cedric Michael Cox, Latausha Cox, Ke’Monte’ Figgs, Brandon Hawkins, Adoria Maxberry, Annie Ruth, Asha White

    Exhibition will be open from June 12 – August 28, 2021 (every day from dawn to dusk)

    An Opening Reception, which will also include music by the Camille Saba Smith Trio sponsored by It’s Commonly Jazz, will take place outside on Saturday, June 26 from 4-6pm.

    An Artist Talk will also be held outside on Saturday, August 21 from 4-6pm.

    Image Credit: Justice/Just Us, Brent Billingsley, Reduction Woodblock Cut; ink on paper (photo credit:  Robin Imaging)

     
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  • 13th Annual Student & Faculty Exhibition

    June 5 - June 26, 2021



    Opening Day: Saturday, June 5, 11am – 8pm

    Featuring artwork created by KHAC students and faculty from the past year, the 13th Annual Student & Faculty Exhibition showcases the variety of class offerings at the Art Center and celebrates the talents of its wonderful community. Following the events of 2020, we feel there is even more to celebrate this year. This display includes work from art makers ages seven to senior creating in a wide array of themes and mediums. Click here to reserve your free timed entry ticket.

    Image credit: Artwork by Portrait Drawing student Marilyn Wilson

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  • Collective Impact: Females Joining Forces

    April 10 - May 29, 2021
    Kennedy Gallery
    Opening: April 10, 11am - 8pm. Free Timed Entry Tickets

    Throughout history, women have joined forces to combat gender-based discrimination, redefine their roles in society, lift each other up in safe spaces, and amplify their voices.

    Collective Impact: Females Joining Forces, curated by Mallory Feltz, features past work and newly created pieces by seven Cincinnati-based female artist collectives: Art for Artists, Art Hags, BombShells of Cincinnati, LOOKMaidens of the Cosmic Body Running, PhotograpHERS, and Pull Club

    Inspired by pivotal female artist collectives from the 1970s onward (Where We At (WWA) Black Women Artists, Inc., Guerrilla Girls, Sister Serpents, etc) that were fueled by the Second-Wave Feminist Movement in the 1960s (and subsequent movements), this exhibition aims to continue the discussion of female empowerment in art and the importance of the collective voice. The artists in this exhibition all find the draw to collaborate, and use their diverse perspectives to highlight various themes, inspire important discussions in our region, and comment on the contemporary female experience.

    Signage on pivotal international female artist collectives past and present will link Cincinnati to the larger national art historical movement of females joining forces to make their voices heard.

    Free timed entry tickets are available HERE or by calling 513-631-4278. Tickets ensure that you can visit at your desired day and time. If you visit without a ticket, you may be asked to wait or come back at a different time due to capacity limits. Masks are required. Please practice social distancing.

    Hear the artists speak about their collaborative work in this video:

    Exhibition Sponsored by: LasikPlus

    Artist Collective Members List

    Art for Artists: Lead organizers Arnelle Dow and Jan Thomas, membership varies. Complete list of participating members coming soon.

    ART HAGS: Linnea Gartin, Liz Miller, Amy Scarlpello, Kate Tepe

    BombShells of Cincinnati: Judy Dominic, Emily Holtrop, Shannon Faith, Karen Saunders, Barb Sferra, Katie Swartz, Amy Watson

    LOOK: Sidney Cherie Hilley, Anh Tran

    Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running: Denise Burge, Lisa Siders, Jenny Ustick

    PhotograpHERS: Helen Adams, Erika Nj Allen, Tina Gutierrez, Claudia Hershner, Colleen Houston, Maggie Lawson, Kimberly Starbuck, Pat Timm

    Pull Club: Chelsey Hughes, Amy Scarpello, Linda Winder

    This exhibition was originally developed in partnership with ArtsWave’s POWER OF HER Initiative.

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  • SOS ART Retrospective (2016-2020)

    January 9 - March 13, 2021
    Kennedy Gallery and Outdoor
    Opening: Sat, Jan. 9 11am-8pm

    This Retrospective exhibit consists of a selection of artworks on the themes of peace and justice by 90 Greater Cincinnati artists who had participated in previous annual SOS ART shows between 2016 and 2020. Co-Curators Vaishnavi Ramanathan and Saad Ghosn selected the works based on their merit of quality and messages for a better world.

    The show includes works shown indoors and works enlarged and printed on large panels displayed outdoors; also a video of the artworks and mini interviews with the participating artists.

    Watch the artist interviews on the video below (length is 1 hour):

    A color book documenting the show and including a section for children’s related art activities is available free to visitors. Children’s activities are also being planned during the duration of the show. Click HERE to find out more and how to participate!

    You can view the color book which includes all the pieces in the show, and the children’s activities via this LINK. FREE hard copies of the book are available on our front porch. 

    Learn more about the youth activities from this video:

    Exhibition on view from Jan 9 – March 13, 2021

    Free timed entry tickets are available here or by calling 513-631-4278. Masks are required. Please practice social distancing.

     

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Lindner Gallery

  • Reflections of the Harlem Renaissance

    Feb. 27 - March 27
    Lindner Gallery


    This exhibition is now over in our gallery. However, it continues to be exhibited online at www.renaissanceincincy.org

    Curated by Lex Nycole and Gee Horton, this exhibition pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance era, showcasing the artistic contributions of a collective of African American artists of the 1920’s, and how their artistic endeavors have undoubtedly shifted the American cultural, economic and political landscape. 

    As part of A Celebration of the Harlem Renaissance, presented by Juneteenth Cincinnati in partnership with Kennedy Heights Arts Center, this exhibit is designed to memorialize, draw connections and spark conversations as twelve contemporary Cincinnati-based artists revisit the past in attempts to celebrate the history of the Harlem Renaissance by creating new works, in their own mediums, in a way that authentically pays tribute to the artists of that era.

    Whether it’s the expressionism of Beauford Delaney or Bessie Smith’s blues that carried a nation, this exhibition will be nothing short of real, true, and timeless. A time where holding your tongue was scoffed upon and dwelling in your authenticity became the only elixir for success. An era that has paved an impenetrable path to greatness for anyone who so chooses to follow. This show provides you with a bit of everything you thought you knew, and all the wonders of things you didn’t know you needed.. . a legacy. 

    Exhibiting artists include: Paris Abstract, Asmara Abraham, Cedric Michael Cox, FEALART, TC Flowers, Cherie Garces, Lance Johnson, Hannah “Jonesy” Jones, Michael Coppage (Prosper Jones), Natasha Quitano, Skye High, and Ike Slimster.

    Artworks, artist statements & bios, and historical panels (along with all the virtual programming and educational curriculum) will all be accessible online SOON on the project website: www.renaissanceincincy.org

    Curators Lex Nycole (right) and Gee Horton (left)

    Lex Nycole bio: As a curator my mission has always been to make culture more accessible to my city. I’ve always known that art and entertainment were some of the most influential and impactful platforms to be a part of. So early in my youth, I decided to devote my professional career and life to creating and helping mold outlets that promote not only the city’s artistry, but the well being of its community. A combined interest in experimental marketing, brand awareness, project management, and production have led me to where I am now. Furthermore, I am a firm believer that creativity is the vehicle that will drive the progression of change.  I want the work I do to undoubtedly lead a renaissance of change that will contribute to the break down of barriers and set new standards on how people embrace life & cultural differences.

    Gee Horton bio: Gee Horton is a Cincinnati-based self-trained Hyperrealist visual artist who has recently transitioned from a career in the corporate world to focus primarily on making art and building communities. Using graphite and charcoal pencils, Gee’s drawings capture a heightened sense of realism, but it is important to note that the Hyperrealist style is only one facet of comprehending his work. Having earned a master’s in social work from the University of Louisville, he often incorporates his education and life experiences into his art to achieve a kind of power that for many triggers’ emotional associations. With this in mind, his current work makes a connection between his African roots and their juxtaposition to American attitudes on the social and emotional development of the African American male experience.

    Gee’s artistic practice began roughly three years ago and work has already been featured in local art exhibits such as The Black & Brown Faces exhibit at The Cincinnati Art Museum, The “Uprising” exhibit at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, The WE Gallery exhibit at the

    historic Cincinnati Music Hall, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s “#NewTruth” Art Show, ArtWorks’ “Secret ArtWorks 2018” at The Banks, and the Mohawk Gallery’s “Manifestations of Time: The Black Experience” exhibit.

    Gee is currently working on a series of work entitled, “Coming of Age”. In collaboration with photographer Jason Carter, the series is autobiographical and offers a complex multilayered conversation about black-male adolescence and their search for identity, acceptance, purpose, and love. Gee is currently selling hand selected pieces from this selection as well as other works on his website. Expect to see this prolific collection “Coming of Age” to debut in 2021, which will be his first gallery showing to the Cincinnati community.

    Gee is currently serving as the Mercantile Library’s first African American Artist-in-Residence. He has been commissioned to draw a 6ft portrait of Peter H. Clark, the Mercantile Library’s first African American member. Gee played a major role in the Black Art Speaks collective to paint the Black Lives Matter! mural in front of Cincinnati’s City Hall. His contribution in the Black Lives Matter mural is the “L” in “Lives”, using text from the renowned African American poet Langston Hughes’ 1926 poem, “I, Too”. Gee currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Artworks, Wave Pool, and is a Co-Host of the Urban Consulate Cincinnati Chapter.

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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.

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
  • 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 (Renewed every January. Members who join October 1st to the end of the current year are graced into the next year!) 

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 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 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

Show Kennedy Collective Application

 

Collective Member Request for Proposals – Project Grants!

Are you a current Collective member and have a great idea to get people involved? Kennedy Heights Arts Center is now accepting proposals from current Kennedy Collective Members for community engaged projects that include fellow Collective members, and could possibly involve non-Collective members. Grant awards of up to $500 can help support the cost of materials, fabrication, service fees, and other costs. 

For complete details, download the Project Grant RFP AND the Collective Grant Form. All questions and submissions should be emailed or mailed to Mallory Feltz, at mallory@kennedyarts.org

Members

  • Jereena Ameen – Fiber Art
  • Lisa Andrews – foodie t-shirts
  • Amy Bogard – Drawing, Painting
  • Susan Carlson – Drawing, Sculpture
  • Lynn Conaway – Fiber
  • Mike Conaway – Wood Turning
  • Billie Cunningham – Fiber, Doll making
  • June Pfaff Daley – Painting, Collage, Mixed Media
  • Lee DeRhodes – Ceramics
  • Jeff Dey – Pysanky (Ukrainian egg decorating) & Culinary arts
  • Harold Dreibelbis – Ceramics, Mixed Media Constructions
  • Mallory Feltz – Mixed-media, Sculpture
  • Phyllis Foster – Photography
  • Cherie Garces – Painting, Poetry
  • Diane Germaine – Poetry, Dance
  • Linda Grieser – Music
  • Mark Haase – Ceramics
  • Helen Haberstroh – Painting
  • Robin Hartmann – Fiber Art
  • Wendy Henehan – Painting, Drawing
  • Michael Hensley – Painting
  • Jamie Hummer – Fiber Art
  • William Jones – Photography
  • Sue Kemp – Photography, Ceramics
  • Stephannie Kennedy – Drawing, Painting
  • Thomas Kinsel – Photography
  • Bob Kling – Sculpture, Mixed-media
  • Josh Koppen – Painting
  • Robert Kroeger – Painting
  • Mary Lennard – Poetry
  • Edward Lopez – Cardboard Constructions
  • Monica Lira – Drawing, Painting
  • Uneek Lowe – Fiber Art, Music
  • Angela Mascolino – Painting
  • Liz McGavran – Alcohol Ink, Interior Design
  • Elaine McGue – Jewelry, Photography
  • Doug Meyers – Painting, Animation
  • Milissa Michel – Drawing
  • Gina Monaco – Painting
  • Sarah Caswell-Pearce – Paper Collages
  • Sheryl Peterson – Acrylics
  • Diane Roketenetz – Painting, Drawing
  • Lara Roketenetz – Photography, Prints on Metal
  • Jim Rulli – Painting
  • Patti Rulli – Painting
  • Taryn Schilling – Painting
  • Grace Severyn – Jewelry, Painting
  • Sue Ann Spears – Stoneware, Clay
  • Connie Springer – Watercolor, Writing & Photography
  • Kate Spencer – Fiber Art
  • Carole Gray Staples – Fiber, Tapestry
  • Barbara Streff – Printmaking, Silkscreen
  • Michael Streff – Drawing, Illustration
  • Delores Massey Thomas – Photography
  • Karen Trimble-Shell – Jewelry
  • Debra Wallace – Fiber art, jewelry, and polymer clay
  • Joanie Weidner – Mixed Media Art, Mini-Collages
  • John Weller – Photography
  • Sue Wilke – Photography
  • Zeta Wolf – Mindful meditation, painting, drawing, and jewelry
  • Chris Wright – Painting

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Exhibition Proposals for the 2022-2023 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 40 to 50 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. Each show typically includes 15-25 pieces, depending on size.

Deadline for submissions: midnight, June 30, 2021

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 1, 2021.

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 send completed applications and inquiries to: curator@kennedyarts.org

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

KHAC Exhibition Proposal Form

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NO FEE required to submit an Exhibition Proposal for the 2022-2023 Season – (disregard the link below if applying with a 2022-2023 exhibition proposal).

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