We are all about to dive deep into everything about art in Cincinnati and our opening section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
Up next we will discuss a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
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Best Art Galleries & Museums In Cincinnati
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Cincinnati you can head to:
- Cincinnati Art Museum at 953 Eden Pk Dr
- Taft Museum of Art at 316 Pike St
- The Contemporary Arts Center at 44 E 6th St
- Manifest Gallery at 2727 Woodburn Ave
- Visionaries + Voices at 3841 Spring Grove Ave
- Alice F & Harris K Weston Art Gallery at 650 Walnut St
- Carl Solway Gallery at 424 Findlay St
- Miller Gallery at 2715 Erie Ave
- Gallery 708 at 2643 Erie Ave
- Eisele Gallery of Fine Art at 5729 Dragon Way
The Cincinnati Art Museum is open from 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday and until 8pm on Thursday while being located in Eden Park housing a wide encyclopedic art collection of over 67,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to showing its own extensive collection the museum presents a number of national and international touring exhibitions annually.
The Taft Museum of Art is open from 11am to 4pm Wednesday through Sunday and is a living landmark where art and history may be seen on the wall and in the walls. It was built around 1820 as a private home for some of Cincinnati’s most distinguished people and today it is one of the greatest minor art museums in America and has National Historic Landmark classification for its historic mansion and Duncanson murals.
By presenting but not collecting the work of innovative artists the Contemporary Arts Center allows all people to experience the dynamic connections between art and life. The CAC opens at 10am Wednesday through Sunday closing at 7pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekdays and is a non-collecting museum near you that focuses on new breakthroughs in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art, and new media.
The Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center was founded in May 2004 and is located in the East Walnut Hills neighborhood promoting and investigating drawing, photography, and associated activities as rich and culturally relevant creative forms. Anyone that is looking for art and drawing classes in your area should definitely take a look at what they have to offer.
Visionaries and Voices (V+V) is a non-profit organization that represents, furnishes studio space, and gives assistance to over 150 artists with developmental impairments.
Through exhibitions and special events the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery promotes and supports the visual arts in the Tri-state region while being open from 10am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5pm on Sunday.
Carl Solway Gallery opened in 1962 and by 1968 the gallery was elected to the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) and they recently joined the International Fine Print Dealers Association. They are open from 9am to 5pm Tuesday through Friday focusing on modern and contemporary art including painting, sculpture, graphics, and new media that incorporates video and electronics.
Miller Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday and has represented contemporary artists from all around the world since 1960 while also offering fine art consulting, conservation framing, and installation services.
Opening at noon Tuesday through Sunday Gallery 708 in Hyde Park Square is a curated local artist-owned gallery that is dedicated to presenting the work of the city’s and region’s brilliant artists and craftspeople.
Eisele Gallery is open from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Friday while closing at 4pm on Saturday offering a diverse range of classic and modern paintings, prints, and sculpture. For almost three decades the gallery has built and nurtured close connections with people, collectors, museums, and artists all throughout the country.
Materials & Supplies Near You
These art stores in your area should have all of the materials and supplies you desire:
- Indigo Hippo at 1334 Main St
- Suders Art Store at 1309 Vine St
- Plaza Artist Materials at 230 W McMillan St
- Michaels at 7800 Montgomery Rd
- Joann at 3866 Paxton Ave
Indigo Hippo is a supplies thrift store located in the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood that provides the community with creative resources at a pay-what-you-can price.
Suders Art Store originated in 1924 when John Suder Sr bought Bittelmeyer’s Frame Shop at 1331 Vine Street and renamed it Suders. Initially a frame shop and gallery, art supplies were subsequently added to serve local artists who came to the establishment to sell their works.
You probably already know what chain stores like the Michaels and Joann near you have to offer.
Shows & Events
These local art shows and events can be a lot of fun:
- Summerfair in June
- Fringe Festival in June
- A Fair Of The Arts in September
- Art & Wine Festival in September
- Blink in October
- Final Friday at Pendleton Art Center
Summerfair has been supporting and promoting artists and the arts in your area for almost 50 year and this annual three-day fine arts fair raises enough revenue to sponsor prizes, scholarships, and exhibitions.
The Cincinnati Fringe Event is an independent and forward-thinking festival that features theater, dance, poetry performances, film screenings, and visual art at various locations across Over-The-Rhine. The official start times and places differ but the event will have video on demand, live streaming, and other features.
If you enjoy art shows you’ll love the Annual A Fair of the Arts! where visitors are welcome to browse or purchase original pieces of art, listen to live music, enjoy a bite to eat, socialize with the artists, and find out who wins Best of Show.
Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant is located on 30 acres of vines and hosts the annual Art & Wine Festival where only fine art and fine crafts will be judged. On Saturday there will be grape-stomping competitions at Vinoklet which is Hamilton County’s sole operational winery while food may be purchased both inside and outside the restaurant.
BLINK is one of the country’s largest light, art, and projection mapping events. For 4 days more than 30 city blocks along with some places across the famous John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will be taken over.
The Pendleton Art Center’s studios are open to the public allowing visitors to observe creative art space and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists. Meet the artists, look at and buy their work, attend lectures, and watch live demos every month on the last Friday.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you want to find some new unique pieces to add to your collection or figure out the true value of something visit art dealers and appraisers in your area like:
The Treadway Gallery is a leading auction company specializing in twentieth-century art and design that was founded in 1981 and has been involved in the art auction industry since then. In Cincinnati the gallery has formed a specific yearly Decorative Arts and Rookwood auction and they have established themselves as pioneers in the field of ceramic art.
ADC Fine Art is a multifaceted company located in a breathtaking 10,000 square foot gallery on the edge of downtown that has over 30 years of experience helping corporate, residential, and healthcare clients choose the right artwork for their space. They help through the selection process from beginning to end and offer original works of fine art as well as prints, prints on canvas, and giclée’s.
ArtWorks Mural Tours at 20 East Central Parkway will take you on a tour of Cincinnati’s enormous works of art while exploring the city’s stunning collection of monumental murals as you walk through historic downtown streets.
Sculptures & Statues
You might also want to take some photos of these statues and sculptures near you:
- Abraham Lincoln Statue at Lytle Park
- Aggravation de l’Espace at 299 Central Pkwy
- Black Brigade of Cincinnati Monument at 8 W Mehring Way
- Cincinnati Venus at 895 Central Ave
- Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus at 101-199 L and N Pedestrian Bridge
In Lytle Park an 11-foot bronze monument of Abraham Lincoln is on full display that was created by George Grey Barnard back in 1917.
Jean Boutellis’s 1980 work Aggravation de l’Espace is an abstract sculpture painted brilliant red that is balanced on three appendages and is geometric and basic in design.
The first piece of public art commissioned for Smale Riverfront Park was the Black Brigade Monument which is made up of bronze sculptures and plaques, interpretative signs, and carved stones with the names of all 718 men of the brigade engraved on them.
Jim Dine who is a well-known worldwide painter, printmaker, and sculpture created Cincinnati Venus. Tipton Associates commissioned the artwork and its reflecting pool for Centennial Plaza as a bicentennial present to the community.
Cincinnatus was created in 1988 by Eleftherious Karkadoulias and Mercene Karkadoulias.
Cincinnati Art Classes
You might be interested in private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults but either way the best art schools in Cincinnati would be:
- Art Academy of Cincinnati at 1212 Jackson St
- A Stroke of Art at 851 Ohio Pike
- Manifest Drawing Center at 656 E McMillan St
- The Pottery Painting Studio at Queen City Clay at 3130 Wasson Rd
- Brazee Street Studios at 4426 Brazee St
The Art Academy of Cincinnati is a private art and design institution that offers BFA and MAAE degrees as well as a Community Education program.
Queen City Clay is the region’s biggest and oldest clay workshop, gallery, and supply center dedicated to ceramic arts education and promotion.
Remember earlier that we mentioned the Manifest Drawing Center when discussing their gallery and they are a great option.
Brazee Studios is a local glass art design and production firm who can also do custom glass projects while selling Bullseye Glass materials.
Studios For Rent Near You
You might be able to rent some studio space at:
- Essex Studios at 2511 Essex Pl
- The Warehouse Studios at 1800 John St
- Brazee Street Studios at 4426 Brazee St
Essex Studios is a film production company based in Cincinnati that is more than just a building as they are a creative community housed within a beautiful structure steeped in local history.
The Warehouse Studio offers recording, ADR, photography, post production, and film set studios.
Brazee is home to some of the most talented professional artists in your area working in a variety of media as their 25+ art studios are home to experts working in paint, sculpture, photography, printing, paper, glass, jewelry, and other mediums.
The Manifest Artist Residency supports artists in creating and engaging the general public by providing an optimal working space and dynamic environment for meaningful growth and has studio space available.
When you need art framing in Cincinnati head to:
- Fabulous Frames & Art at 10817 Montgomery Rd
- Frame & Save at 2940 Wasson Rd
- The Frame Shoppe at 7750 Beechmont Ave
- Haney Custom Framing at 2371 Kemper Ln
- Frame Concepts at 2511 Essex Pl #278
Engraving, printing, mounting, installation, custom framing, interactive frames, and designer gift certificates are all available at Fabulous Frames Art.
Frame & Save Hyde Park is a photo framing store that has been a local family business for over 40 years and provide great service in a pleasant setting.
The Frame Shoppe is a family-owned and operated business that initially opened in February of 2000.
The finest in custom framing services have been done by Haney Custom Framing in their hometown of Cincinnati as well as around the country since 1986. They offer competent, friendly service as well as high-quality craftsmanship specializing in preservation framing and employing the most up-to-date archival materials and the highest quality standards.
At the studio Frame Concepts features a DIY Framing center with everything you need to get started including ready-made frames, photo frames, box frames, canvas strainer material, glass, backing, and mats.
Miller Gallery also does framing in your area.
In the past we have also discussed:
- Louisville Galleries & Museums
- Indianapolis Galleries & Museums
- Columbus Galleries & Museums
- Toledo Galleries & Museums
Have Fun Enjoying The Cincinnati Art Scene
At the moment that is all we have to share about the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers that you may want to check out.
If you made it this far you might just know quite a bit about the local art scene yourself. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if we may have gotten anything wrong in the comments.
We hope you enjoy your time at the best Cincinnati art galleries, museums, supply stores, or doing whatever else it is you plan to do with the info.