Featured Projects

Biennial Featured Projects showcase a wide range of original exhibitions and projects curated by FotoFocus and Biennial guest curators, as well as Call for Entry Selections, all centered around the theme of backstories. These fifteen projects, featuring international, national, and regional artists and curators, focus on stories that are not evident at first glance—offering context for what happened previously or out of view, providing narratives not yet told or presented from a new perspective. Six selected projects highlight talent from the region’s artists and curators as part of the first large-scale regional Call for Entry in the Biennial’s history.

September 27, 2024–February 9, 2025

Probst’s unique photographic practice combines simultaneous, multiple views of a single scene, to convey a complex, playful, and darkly cinematic vision of people in time and space.

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Contemporary Arts Center

Barbara Probst: Subjective Evidence

September 6, 2024–January 5, 2025

Thomas is a photographer, activist, and physician whose public murals in the desert landscape of Northern Arizona reflect the spirit and struggles of the Navajo people and other marginalized communities.

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Contemporary Arts Center

Chip Thomas and the Painted Desert Project

September 27, 2024–January 19, 2025

Over 100 artworks and objects from the collection of the Center for Creative Photography offer unprecedented insight into how Adams developed from a 14-year-old tourist with a camera into America’s most celebrated photographer.

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Cincinnati Art Museum

Discovering Ansel Adams

September 20, 2024–November 3, 2024

Explores the nuances of memory and its uncanny ability to transport culture, traditions, rituals, and feelings through space and time. Oscillating between place and placelessness, seven artists present a series of actions, systems, and moments influenced by regional, national, and transnational experiences.

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Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery

Memory Fields

September 26, 2024–February 15, 2025

15 meditative vignettes, each featuring a specific body of work by an artist actively examining the changing world, presented in dialogue with William Eggleston’s Election Eve.

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The Carnegie

Southern Democratic

September 20, 2024–January 5, 2025

First comprehensive museum presentation of the late Nigerian-British photographer brings together large-scale color photographs, black-and-white prints, and never-before-seen archival works.

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Wexner Center for the Arts

Rotimi Fani-Kayode: Traces of Ecstasy

September 20, 2024–January 5, 2025

The Wexner Center for the Arts’ solo exhibition of Columbus-raised Ming Smith pairs the artist’s first photographic series with new work to illuminate her focus on spirituality, movement, and feminism.
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Wexner Center for the Arts

Ming Smith

September 19, 2024–January 26, 2025

Ming Smith: Transcendence encapsulates the artist’s visual journey through her hometown of Columbus, OH, drawing from her personal experiences. Through a carefully curated series of images, Smith orchestrates a poignant narrative of self-reconciliation with her roots, converting pain into expression.

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Columbus Museum of Art

Ming Smith: Transcendence

September 19, 2024–January 26, 2025

Unveils the essence of Black life in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, echoing August Wilson’s iconic plays. Smith’s photos capture the resilience and humanity amidst struggles like Jim Crow and redlining, inviting viewers to explore the beauty and depth of ordinary Black existence.

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Columbus Museum of Art

Ming Smith: August Moon

Call for Entry Selections

September 27, 2024–November 1, 2024

An exhibition and corresponding book developed by artists Mark Albain and Joshua Berg, weaves through an unspecified space and unfolds through experiences, relationships, and histories of growing up and living in the Midwest.

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Art Academy of Cincinnati: SITE1212

Digressions

September 27, 2024–November 1, 2024

Combining archival video, large-scale projection, mixed media collages, and photography, Michael Coppage revives Humphrey, a character created nearly 20 years ago, to pay homage to the integral role he played during the artist’s formative years.

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Art Academy of Cincinnati: SITE1212

Humphrey Gets His Flowers

September 27, 2024–November 1, 2024

Explores the nuance within communities of color across the Midwest by bringing together six artists from across the region to present a collection of original photographs, essays, and interviews that invite the viewer to embrace the complexity of the Midwest’s diverse tapestry.

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Art Academy of Cincinnati: SITE1212

Another First Impression

September 13, 2024–November 3, 2024

Collaborative exhibition and immersive experience that amplifies stories of resilience, peace, and hope by local immigrants and refugees through visual and auditory storytelling, accompanied by music.

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Purple People Bridge

More than Meets the Eye: An Immersive Display of Narrative Power through Photos

January 1, 1970–October 31, 2024

An audiovisual history tour and photographic archive of underground art spaces in Cincinnati, developed by Britni Bicknaver and Calcagno Cullen, that celebrates Cincinnati as an incubator for experimental, outsider, and DIY arts activities.

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Various Locations

Artist Run: The Continuing Legacy of Cincinnati's Artist-Run Spaces

September 20, 2024–November 3, 2024

Banks’ visual anthology of life and death within the central region of Kentucky. Photographs, surveillance footage, and archived media present intertwined storylines of a family and white-tailed deer with shared experiences of trauma, and the landscape understood as home.

The Wedding

Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery

Rachael Banks: The Trail of the Dead

The FotoFocus Biennial saturates the region with photography and lens-based art, brings the community together, and celebrates the curatorial skill, artistic talent, and ideas brought by our Participating Venues. These projects reflect upon the theme of backstories through a range of contemporary and historic perspectives.

In these presentations, what is visible on the surface is enlarged and enriched through an understanding of broader histories, by seeing beyond what is evident, and by knowing the backstories. The 2024 FotoFocus Biennial boasts 108 projects at 87 venues, the largest Biennial to date.

September 13, 2024–August 31, 2025

Explores the use of historical sources in contemporary art, highlighting how looking at the past clarifies the present and reimagines the future.

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21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

Revival: Digging Into Yesterday, Planting Tomorrow

September 13, 2024–August 31, 2025

Martín’s practice fuses artistic representation with technology, exploring the existence of sexual diversity, while being critical of the notion that certain sexualities are inherently “deviant.”

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21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

Spotlight: Felipe Rivas San Martín

September 20, 2024–November 3, 2024

Explores the nuances of memory and its uncanny ability to transport culture, traditions, rituals, and feelings through space and time. Oscillating between place and placelessness, seven artists present a series of actions, systems, and moments influenced by regional, national, and transnational experiences.

Fotofocus Curated
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Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery

Memory Fields

September 20, 2024–November 3, 2024

Banks’ visual anthology of life and death within the central region of Kentucky. Photographs, surveillance footage, and archived media present intertwined storylines of a family and white-tailed deer with shared experiences of trauma, and the landscape understood as home.

Fotofocus Curated
The Wedding

Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery

Rachael Banks: The Trail of the Dead

September 25, 2024–December 21, 2024

An extension of Bridges Not Walls, an arts and culture exchange program, Through A Stranger’s Eyes brings together two Cuban and two American artists who met in Havana, Cuba, in…
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The Annex Gallery

Through A Stranger's Eyes

September 25, 2024–December 21, 2024

In 1994, Castellanos documented the departure of 35,000 Cubans who left the island on hand-built rafts in what became one of the most dramatic exoduses in contemporary history.

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The Annex Gallery

Willy Castellanos: Exodus. Alternate Documents, 1994–2024

October 4, 2024–November 29, 2024

An absurd visual chronicle of the artist’s journey around the United States in pursuit of 16 towns that bear the name of his country of origin.

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Antioch College: Herndon Gallery

Juan-Si González: Looking for Cuba Inside

October 11, 2024–October 13, 2024

Documents the architecture, history, and stories of the people who have lived at 2878, 2880, and 2930 Sidney Avenue in Camp Washington.

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Archive of Creative Culture

Lacey Haslam: The Sidney Project

September 27, 2024–October 25, 2024

A juried, open call exhibition of current AAC students.

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Art Academy of Cincinnati: Chidlaw Gallery

Student Reflections

September 26, 2024–October 21, 2024

Photographic series centered on the Amazon facilities in the Greater Cincinnati region and their geographical, social, and economic impact.

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Art Academy of Cincinnati: McClure Gallery

Contested Ground

September 27, 2024–October 25, 2024

Curated by AAC students and highlighting artists Vikesh Kapoor, Tomiko Jones, and André Ramos-Woodard, telling multigenerational stories through intimate spaces, objects, and portraiture.

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Art Academy of Cincinnati: Pearlman Gallery

Deeply Rooted

September 27, 2024–November 1, 2024

Explores the nuance within communities of color across the Midwest by bringing together six artists from across the region to present a collection of original photographs, essays, and interviews that invite the viewer to embrace the complexity of the Midwest’s diverse tapestry.

Fotofocus Curated
Mo Martin 1964 Ford Galaxy

Art Academy of Cincinnati: SITE1212

Another First Impression

September 27, 2024–November 1, 2024

An exhibition and corresponding book developed by artists Mark Albain and Joshua Berg, weaves through an unspecified space and unfolds through experiences, relationships, and histories of growing up and living in the Midwest.

Fotofocus Curated
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Art Academy of Cincinnati: SITE1212

Digressions

September 27, 2024–November 1, 2024

Combining archival video, large-scale projection, mixed media collages, and photography, Michael Coppage revives Humphrey, a character created nearly 20 years ago, to pay homage to the integral role he played during the artist’s formative years.

Fotofocus Curated
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Art Academy of Cincinnati: SITE1212

Humphrey Gets His Flowers

September 21, 2024–November 16, 2024

Documentary, narrative, abstract, and conceptual lens-based imagery representing the artists’ perception of empathy.

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Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery

In Pursuit of Empathy

September 26, 2024

Photo-based mural of archival and contemporary images that weaves narratives of people and place, capturing the essence of the building’s rich history.

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ArtWorks

Inhabited: Stories of the Past

September 27, 2024–November 8, 2024

Guided by two Artists-in-Residence, gallery fellows explore the magic of contrast by transforming personal stories into visual narratives.

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ArtWorks V² Gallery

Chiaroscuro

October 12, 2024–November 16, 2024

Probes technology’s influence on modern existence and offers a contemplative exploration of life’s impermanence in the digital era.

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BasketShop

Silas Long: interior ruin

September 27, 2024–October 31, 2024

A “fauxtodocumentary” that shares the hidden stories of a one-of-a-kind, diverse community nestled in Indiana somewhere between El Dorado and Brigadoon.

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Behringer-Crawford Museum

Mark Schlachter: Familiar Faces

Oct 12, Oct 18, and Oct 25, 2024

Photo-based works and local delicacies paired with conversation around history, memory, and food justice.

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Blue House Gallery

Glenna Jennings: Sit Down!

September 26, 2024–February 15, 2025

15 meditative vignettes, each featuring a specific body of work by an artist actively examining the changing world, presented in dialogue with William Eggleston’s Election Eve.

Fotofocus Curated
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The Carnegie

Southern Democratic

September 23, 2024–November 1, 2024

Focused on hair as a cartography of memory, Ford documents deconstructed and revised protective hairstyles to remember what once was and now remains.

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Century Design Workshop

Amber N. Ford: The Roads Most Traveled

September 24, 2024–November 1, 2024

Centered on Fontayne and Porter’s 1848 Cincinnati Riverfront Panorama, viewers witness the human stories it captures, as well as the chemical processes within the daguerreotype plates.

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Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library: Main Branch

Depth of Field: The Universe of the Daguerreotype

October 14, 2024–November 30, 2024

Immigrants and refugees explore themes of resilience, peace, and hope through art and storytelling, providing a glimpse into the triumphs, struggles, and dreams of young people charting their own journeys in our region.

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Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library: Walnut Hills Branch

More than Meets the Eye: Multimedia Narratives that Connect Generations and Cultures

September 24, 2024–November 2, 2024

Inspired by 19th-century photographers, rarely exhibited backmarks are analyzed, revealing clever marketing strategies and arguments for photography as fine art.

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Cincinnati Art Galleries

Verso: Backmarks of 19th-Century Photographic Card Mounts

September 27, 2024–January 19, 2025

Over 100 artworks and objects from the collection of the Center for Creative Photography offer unprecedented insight into how Adams developed from a 14-year-old tourist with a camera into America’s most celebrated photographer.

Fotofocus Curated
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Cincinnati Art Museum

Discovering Ansel Adams

July 11, 2024–October 14, 2024

Cincinnati’s Black history is explored through the lens of Black photographers and community photo collections from the 1800s to the 2000s.

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Cincinnati Museum Center

Lens of History: Celebration of People, Spaces, and Emotion

October 9, 2024

Documentary examines the social, economic, and cultural impact of photography in Cincinnati as it became a major commercial center in America’s heartland.

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Cincinnati Museum Center: Reakirt Auditorium

"Capturing Life" (1839-1869)

September 19, 2024–January 5, 2025

Roberts documents the people who inhabit Israel with 36 photographs, attendant public programming, and publication.

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Cincinnati Skirball Museum

The Faces of Israel: A Photographic Conversation by Larry Roberts

September 26, 2024–October 20, 2024

Offers a glimpse into the joy and significance of everyday life within the Walnut Hills community.

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Cincy Nice at Peebles Gallery

Prince Lang: Person, Place, Thing

September 27, 2024–October 25, 2024

Open call exhibition explores generations diversely, through families, ideas, technologies, and histories.

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Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Generations

September 5, 2024–November 2, 2024

Group exhibition evoking Ming Smith’s perspective of “celebrating the struggle, the survival, and finding grace in it.”

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Columbus College of Art & Design: Beeler Gallery

I Was Here

September 19, 2024–January 26, 2025

Blending historical and contemporary narratives, visitors encounter the Caribbean and its diaspora from the period following emancipation through today.

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Columbus Museum of Art

Fragments of Epic Memory

September 19, 2024–January 26, 2025

Unveils the essence of Black life in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, echoing August Wilson’s iconic plays. Smith’s photos capture the resilience and humanity amidst struggles like Jim Crow and redlining, inviting viewers to explore the beauty and depth of ordinary Black existence.

Fotofocus Curated
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Columbus Museum of Art

Ming Smith: August Moon

September 19, 2024–January 26, 2025

Ming Smith: Transcendence encapsulates the artist’s visual journey through her hometown of Columbus, OH, drawing from her personal experiences. Through a carefully curated series of images, Smith orchestrates a poignant narrative of self-reconciliation with her roots, converting pain into expression.

Fotofocus Curated
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Columbus Museum of Art

Ming Smith: Transcendence

September 27, 2024–February 9, 2025

Probst’s unique photographic practice combines simultaneous, multiple views of a single scene, to convey a complex, playful, and darkly cinematic vision of people in time and space.

Fotofocus Curated
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Contemporary Arts Center

Barbara Probst: Subjective Evidence

September 6, 2024–January 5, 2025

Thomas is a photographer, activist, and physician whose public murals in the desert landscape of Northern Arizona reflect the spirit and struggles of the Navajo people and other marginalized communities.

Fotofocus Curated
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Contemporary Arts Center

Chip Thomas and the Painted Desert Project

September 6, 2024–December 22, 2024

Intentionally throwing the image out of focus, Wilkinson surrenders precision and clarity to emphasize the reference and suggest something else.

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The Contemporary Dayton

Curtis Mann

September 6, 2024–December 22, 2024

Intentionally throwing the image out of focus, Wilkinson surrenders precision and clarity to emphasize the reference and suggest something else.

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The Contemporary Dayton

Sean Wilkinson

October 11, 2024–October 27, 2024

Exploring abandoned structures, Schutte captures the poignant beauty of decay with a play of light and shadow, immortalizing a silent narrative.

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Crome Architecture

SHEM Schutte: Thinking Positive, Capturing Negatives

September 22, 2024–November 27, 2024

Documentation by Steve Plattner of roughly 1,000 surviving Native American Earthworks in the Ohio Valley, constructed between 500 BCE and 1750 CE by the Adena, Hopewell, and Fort Ancient cultures.

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DAAP Galleries:: Meyers Gallery

Cultural Exchange:: What Remains: A Contemporary Interpretation of Native American Earthworks in The Ohio Valley

September 12, 2024–November 21, 2024

Works by Michelle D’Cruz and HATSUE highlight how immigrant backstories shape individuals into leaders who make an impact in Cincinnati and beyond.

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DAAP Galleries:: Reed Gallery

Cultural Exchange:: Still Moving

September 12, 2024–November 21, 2024

Video work created by high school students from various schools across the country, exploring their relationship with being American.

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DAAP Galleries:: Reed Gallery

Cultural Exchange:: Who is American Today?

September 24, 2024–November 2, 2024

Collection of works exemplifying a beguiling national fad from the late 1800s, where photographic sitters were able to capture images of their own backs for the first time in history.

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DAAP Library

Posteriors: Sitters’ Backs in 19th-Century Photography

September 6, 2024–October 27, 2024

Centers on the life of an organic farmer and his connection to the Dayton-Centerville agricultural community.

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Dana L. Wiley Gallery

Gary Beeber: Michael Malone: Portrait of An American Organic Farmer

September 6, 2024–October 27, 2024

Constructed digital photographs explore myth and narrative, inviting viewers to contemplate a fabricated reality delving into mysticism and creation.

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Dana L. Wiley Gallery

Tracy Longley-Cook: Paths of the Ecliptic

October 5, 2024–January 5, 2025

Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal combine folklore, local history, and present-day photographs of Ozark people, land, and interpretive images to engage the living mythology of the Spook Light.

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Dayton Art Institute

Devil's Promenade

October 4, 2024–October 27, 2024

The multifaceted essence of the Midwest is explored through photography and storytelling that endeavors to unearth its forgotten history.

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The Dayton Society of Artists

Midwest Americana

October 3, 2024–October 26, 2024

A mixture of unchoreographed and staged photographs of gatherings that reveal differing perspectives and relationships between photographer and subject.

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Edward A. Dixon Gallery

Images from Storytellers

September 25, 2024–October 19, 2024

Underwater photographs in which dancers yield to the embrace of water instead of the forces of gravity.

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Eisele Gallery

Tina Gutierrez: Illumination

September 27, 2024–November 24, 2024

Urban street photography, captured between dusk and dawn, from the forthcoming travel guide, Renderville, A Guide.

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Esquire Theatre Gallery

Casey LeClair: Nightlife In Renderville

October 1, 2024–November 30, 2024

Outdoor exhibition challenges photographers to capture the untold stories that shape moments in time.

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Evendale Cultural Arts Center

Behind the Lens: Unveiling the Unseen Narratives

October 1, 2024–December 31, 2024

Focused on resilience, Hatch reveals the silent narratives of abandoned factories and forgotten landscapes while celebrating human spirit amidst adversity.

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Evendale Cultural Arts Center

Eric Hatch: Hard Times for These Times

October 18, 2024–January 3, 2025

Fitton Center and 17STRONG match regional artists with Hamilton’s 17 diverse neighborhoods to find visual narratives that define the community.

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Fitton Center for Creative Arts: Community Gallery

We > Me: 17 Artists Explore Hamilton Neighborhoods

September 27, 2024–November 1, 2024

Features video works first recorded over 20 years ago in an attempt to preserve the translation of ideas into new forms.

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FLAG Studio

Got it on Tape

September 26, 2024–October 12, 2024

Eight artists elevate local skate culture in which rinks are incubators for solidarity and roller skating is both sport and art.

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Gallery at 1435 Main

Rollin' in Rhythm

October 1, 2024–November 1, 2024

Spanning a body of work compiled since the mid-1980s, Mendoza couples photographs with short autobiographical stories to encapsulate his life experiences.

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German Village Society

Tony Mendoza: Short Stories

June 15, 2024–December 15, 2024

Captures the intricacies and poetry of the Black experience, while exploring “pace and identity formation” within the artist’s practice.

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The Gund at Kenyon College

Ming Smith: Jazz Requiem – Notations in Blue

September 28, 2024–November 1, 2024

Teen photographers, Triple Crown jockey Steve Cauthen, and photojournalist Madeleine Hordinski explore visual stories behind the scenes of Kentucky horse racing.

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i.imagine at Roebling Point Books and Coffee

Off Track

September 25, 2024–December 30, 2024

Photographs and texts reflect upon and illuminate Minkkinen’s oeuvre across more than 50 years.

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Iris BookCafé and Gallery

Afterwords: 50 years in Words and Images by Arno Rafael Minkkinen

September 7, 2024–November 2, 2024

Explores themes of individual and collective healing journeys through photography, collage, and mixed media.

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Kennedy Heights Arts Center

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

September 27, 2024–November 22, 2024

Illustrates how Ohio’s state fruit is valued, celebrated, and revered within local culture through images of its natural beauty.

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Lloyd Library & Museum

Madeleine Hordinski: The Lore of the Pawpaw

October 18, 2024–October 20, 2024

Photographs taken by Matthew Shelton on Hunting Island, South Carolina, are abstracted through animation to create a film accompanied by a live, improvised music score.

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The Lodge KY

Hunting Island

September 27, 2024–October 25, 2024

Photography and in-depth conversations with the residents and regulars of Over-the-Rhine shed light on the backstories that make Main Street everything it is today.

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Main Street Shop & Studio

Elisa Fay: I Hate You I Love You

October 5, 2024–November 2, 2024

Rethinks the importance of the photographic substrate and the importance of a photograph’s physical presence.

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Manifest Drawing Center

Pick It Up Turn It Over: Exploring the Power of Physical Photograph

September 27, 2024–October 25, 2024

Celebrates the physicality of photographs that engage with the body, acknowledges their place within the physical world, and explores the impact of presentation methods on the image-viewing experience.

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Manifest Gallery

CORPUS: Exploring the Power of the Physical Photograph

October 3, 2024–October 5, 2024

A site-specific, projection-based public artwork by artist Diane Fellows that explores the intersecting histories and experiences of place through collaging video and sound.

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Miami University: Performing Arts Quad

Convening Stories at the Crossroads

August 27, 2024–December 14, 2024

Approaches the story of Freedom Summer in a new way by focusing onto those behind the lens and their backstories as documentarians.

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Miami University: Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum

Through Their Lens: Photographing Freedom Summer

September 26, 2024–October 26, 2024

Visual journey into the cultural frisson of the 1970s and 80s in New York City and the dynamic new ideas in music, film, art, graffiti, fashion, queer culture, and performance it spawned.

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Michael Lowe Gallery with Alternate Projects

Blank Generation: Downtown New York 1970s–80s

September 19, 2024–October 26, 2024

50-year survey of Derrick, whose highly skilled and imaginative work has not been exhibited in 40 years.

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Miller Gallery

Kimball Derrick: My Book of Life - The Preface

September 26, 2024–October 28, 2024

Using self-portraiture, four artists reflect and address ancestral stories, cultural traditions, and modern realities that shape their identity.

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Mount St. Joseph University: Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery

as it was meant to be told: AAPI Artists on Selfhood and Belonging

October 11, 2024–October 13, 2024

Traces the journey of the sun as it rises and falls over Maysville, Kentucky, where an 1800s slave pen was excavated in 2002.

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Alphonso Wesson: Excavated: From Soil to Stars

September 26, 2024–October 25, 2024

Explores relationships in a matriarchal family and place-making practices.

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Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts Galleries

Marissa Nicole Stewart: Call Me When You Get Home

September 28, 2024–October 19, 2024

A composed and precise moment of movement is captured, inspired by the relationship of dancers, musicians, and activists to nature.

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Off Ludlow Gallery

Tina Gutierrez: Kindred Spirits

September 27, 2024–December 31, 2024

Stories of Over-the-Rhine from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s told through personal photographs curated by past and present neighborhood residents.

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Over-the-Rhine Museum

Snapshots of Over-the-Rhine

September 13, 2024–November 29, 2024

Multimedia retrospective of James “Omar” Childress in collaboration with artist Mike James.

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PAR-Projects: Gallery at Studeō PAR-

Don't Just Talk About It, Be About It

September 13, 2024–November 3, 2024

Collaborative exhibition and immersive experience that amplifies stories of resilience, peace, and hope by local immigrants and refugees through visual and auditory storytelling, accompanied by music.

Fotofocus Curated
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Purple People Bridge

More than Meets the Eye: An Immersive Display of Narrative Power through Photos

August 16, 2024–December 22, 2024

Photographs and insect ephemera urge viewers to look closer at nature in the hopes of understanding what unites us all.

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Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

Jo Whaley: The Theater of Nature

August 16, 2024–December 22, 2024

Presents personas and landscapes significant to the McMaster’s nêhiyaw (Plains Cree), Métis, Dutch, and Scottish ancestors.

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Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

Meryl McMaster: Stories of the Infinite Sky

August 16, 2024–December 22, 2024

Considers untold stories the land holds through a selection of photographs from local and national contemporary artists.

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Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

Stories of the Land

September 30, 2024–November 9, 2024

Documentation of the interplay between plants, place, and light created through lumen prints with photosensitive paper.

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Rosewood Arts Center

Cara Lee Wade: Fossil Poetry

September 30, 2024–November 9, 2024

Mixed-media cyanotypes explore the celestial mapping, symbols, and codes utilized by enslaved people in the American South.

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Rosewood Arts Center

Michael Reese: Decoding Polaris

October 4, 2024–November 1, 2024

Juried exhibition of lens-based art including photography, new media art, film, and video.

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ROY G BIV Gallery

ImageOhio: Undercurrents

September 9, 2024–October 30, 2024

Questions whether opposing elements can overlap and exist adjacently, and how each part shapes the story of the other.

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Ruth’s Parkside Café

Duality

September 17, 2024–October 26, 2024

Explores Wade’s relationship with her grandmothers, their battles with Alzheimers, and her subsequent obsession with absorbing their pasts and collecting their memories and identities.

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Sinclair Community College Art Galleries

Cara Lee Wade: Alzheimer's Stories

September 17, 2024–October 26, 2024

Captures the tenuous nature of memory through personal archives and family photos.

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Sinclair Community College Art Galleries

Deborah Orloff: Elusive Memory

September 19, 2024–December 13, 2024

Series about Dowell’s spiritual revelations, illustrating his ancestral visions of freedom through the symbolic history of the cotton field.

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Solway Gallery

John E. Dowell: Pathways to Freedom

October 1, 2024–November 3, 2024

Kraus’ artistic contribution is acknowledged in a retrospective of diverse and imaginative work created over the course of her life.

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Stivers School for the Arts: Fifth Street Gallery

Labyrinth: A Paula Kraus Retrospective

October 12, 2024–November 2, 2024

An adventure into the nomadic life of a Chilean circus family reveals parallels between tent construction and live performances through photography and observation.

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Studio Kroner

Casey LeClair: Moving Parts

October 5, 2024–January 12, 2025

African American beauty and visual culture from the 1890s is traced to the present through documentary, commercial, and fine art photography.

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Taft Museum of Art

Posing Beauty in African American Culture

October 1, 2024–December 13, 2024

A journey into the relationship between a daughter and her mother as they navigate the challenges of mental illness.

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University of Cincinnati Clermont College Art Gallery

Judi Bommarito: Reclaiming Your Outside Voice

Sept 29, Oct 6, Oct 13, and Oct 20, 2024

Four films by acclaimed, contemporary filmmakers from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

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University of Cincinnati Niehoff Center for Film and Media Studies at the Esquire Theatre

Caribbean Eye: Auteur Cinema from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

August 19, 2024–November 1, 2024

Zora J Murff’s work demonstrates how a global conspiracy of anti-Black genocide continues to persist through systemic oppression.

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University of Dayton Roger Glass Center for the Arts Gallery

The Devil Hiding in Plain Sight

September 26, 2024–November 15, 2024

Features Emmaline Carter and Stephanie Cuyubamba Kong, whose works navigate space, identity, and how they intertwine.

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University of Dayton: Index Gallery

On Location & Care

January 1, 1970–October 31, 2024

An audiovisual history tour and photographic archive of underground art spaces in Cincinnati, developed by Britni Bicknaver and Calcagno Cullen, that celebrates Cincinnati as an incubator for experimental, outsider, and DIY arts activities.

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Various Locations

Artist Run: The Continuing Legacy of Cincinnati's Artist-Run Spaces

September 27, 2024–November 15, 2024

Celebrates individuals who have persevered through unique circumstances and recognizes those who have lost their agency within the confines of larger societal systems.

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Visionaries and Voices

Flowers in the Sidewalk

September 20, 2024–October 26, 2024

Emerging artist Masset conceptualizes for the extrinsic viewer, while established artist Hoffman reinterprets his own photography through a coda of poetry.

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Wash Park Art Gallery

CONCEPT and CODA: Lydia Masset and Ron Hoffman

September 27, 2024–December 21, 2024

Social practice artists dedicated to relationship and community building foster a sense of trust and belonging using lens-based practices and long-term witnessing.

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Wave Pool

A Thousand Words

October 2, 2024–November 9, 2024

BIPOC artists honor their spiritual heritage through the use of photography as a form of resistance, resilience, and cultural preservation to transmit sacred values to future generations.

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The Welcome Project

Defend the Sacred

September 26, 2024–October 27, 2024

In partnership with Artworks, young apprentices explore mindfulness, movement, and performing identity via sonas—masks or avatars—and the internalized experience of having a soma, or body.

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The Well

Sona and Soma

September 20, 2024–January 5, 2025

The Wexner Center for the Arts’ solo exhibition of Columbus-raised Ming Smith pairs the artist’s first photographic series with new work to illuminate her focus on spirituality, movement, and feminism.
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Wexner Center for the Arts

Ming Smith

September 20, 2024–January 5, 2025

First comprehensive museum presentation of the late Nigerian-British photographer brings together large-scale color photographs, black-and-white prints, and never-before-seen archival works.

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Wexner Center for the Arts

Rotimi Fani-Kayode: Traces of Ecstasy

October 17, 2024–October 21, 2024

Film festival examines creative nonfiction filmmaking and spotlights adventurous contemporary and historical films.

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Wexner Center for the Arts

Unorthodocs

October 5, 2024–October 27, 2024

Black men and boys donned with crowns signify hope, perseverance, and achievement.

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Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati: The Barn

Nina Wells: King Me

August 27, 2024–November 2, 2024

A photographic survey of teachers, staff, and administrators in Toledo-area elementary schools.

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Wright State University: The Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries

Daniel McInnis: Elementary

August 27, 2024–November 2, 2024

Photographers reshape the narrative capacities of their medium by conjuring visual relationships and critique with disruptive beauty and deeper perspectives.

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Wright State University: The Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries

ReWritten: Photographers Reshaping the Narrative

September 27, 2024–October 25, 2024

Open call exhibition documenting the touring music scene.

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Xavier University Art Galleries

Behind the Curtain

September 27, 2024–October 25, 2024

Nascent artists in the Cincinnati area present photographs of their origin stories.

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Xavier University Art Galleries

What Came Before

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