Cincinnati’s art scene is rich and stimulating. From renowned arts centres to independent and non-profit smaller galleries, to chic hotel-museums, the city where local artists have a leading position has a huge variety of art venues to choose from. We have selected ten unique and outstanding contemporary art galleries you should not miss in Ohio’s third city.
5th Street Gallery is an institution in town. It is a collaborative of Cincinnati-area artists presenting fine art glass, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, as well as jewellery, floral and wearable arts. This gallery strongly supports local art and artists, and throughout the year it presents month-long shows in order to promote them. The gallery also offers the unique possibility to tour the artists’ studios, and it provides an unusual setting for private events. Outstanding works of art by members and frequent shows by renowned guest artists make this a must-visit gallery for art lovers and visitors to the city.
5th Street Gallery, 55 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH, USA, +1 513 579 9333
Manifest Gallery is one of the outstanding art venues in Cincinnati. It specialises in visual art, and showcases thought provoking artworks. This gallery established itself as a meeting point for creative, engaging students, professionals, and the public through accessible world-class exhibits, studio programmes, and publications. In fact, besides the gallery, Manifest includes also a Drawing Centre, which features scholarly activities, and an Artist Residency, which provides the artists an optimal and dynamic working space. Furthermore, the gallery also has its own publishing house, the Manifest Press, whose goal is to make the organisation’s projects accessible for public availability everywhere.
Manifest Gallery, 2727 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, USA, +1 513 861 3638
The concept for Visionaries and Voices Gallery emerged in 2001, when the founders Keith Banner and Bill Ross, both working for county boards serving individuals with disabilities, curated an exhibition with the works of the artists they met in the course of their work. The network of artists that were interested in exhibiting had grown, and this collective of artists began to seek out a space to function as a group studio. The gallery now supports 130 artists, presents major exhibits and is working with 12 of the most promising artists to build professional portfolios and link them to galleries all over the United States. What began with a simple and ingenious vision to create a space for artists with disabilities has become the home for hundreds of artists to find their voice within the cultural landscape of Cincinnati.