Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Cincinnati Summer

June 01, 2013 to August 16, 2013

It's summer at the Cincinnati Art Museum, a time to celebrate the beauty of this region and its art. Ten years ago, we opened the Cincinnati Wing, the first display in an art museum in America to tell the story of a city through the art that was made here. Generations of great painters, sculptors, wood workers, silversmiths, ceramicists, and artists in almost every other medium have made Cincinnati into a place where the everyday is transformed through art and craft and you can see your landscapes in new ways.  This summer, we are also throwing a spotlight on one of the painters of some of the most delightful scenes not only of Cincinnati, but of faraway shores: Edward Potthast, whose luminous work is on view in our Schiff Gallery.  And, if that were not enough, we are moving beyond the galleries to celebrate summer with a beach boardwalk, movies in the courtyard, a tour to some of the homes and studios where Cincinnati artists lived and work, and much more.  Come cool off at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the art is hot here.

-Aaron Betsky, Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum





Eternal Summer: The Art of Edward Henry Potthast

June 8 – September 8, 2013

Cincinnati native Edward Henry Potthast is celebrated for his sun-filled paintings of Americans at the shore. This exhibition of 90 works is the first to explore the full range of this American Impressionist’s art, featuring alongside his famous beach pictures portrayals of European peasants and agricultural laborers, harbor views, landscapes and portraits. With sketchbooks, watercolors, pastels, prints, and oil paintings, the exhibition reveals his accomplishments across media, from studies to finished works of art.


Memories: Some Favorite Objects, An exhibition selected by Emily Rauh Pulitzer

April 26 – August 11, 2013

The Cincinnati Art Award has been established by the Cincinnati Art Museum to honor a Cincinnatian who has had a significant impact on our culture at a national and international level through the making, collecting, or promoting of visual art. Founder of The Pulitzer Foundation of the Arts in St. Louis, Emily Rauh Pulitzer is a native of Cincinnati, from a family whose generosity has been meaningful to the city. This exhibition features items from Mrs. Pulitzer’s personal collection as well as treasured items her family has donated to the Art Museum throughout the years.


Cincinnati Everyday

May 25 – September 22, 2013

Cincinnati-born artists Cole Carothers (b. 1949) and Courttney Cooper (b. 1977) each address Cincinnati as both subject and content. Though their styles and methods are distinct from one another, a common desire to communicate their experiences of the city links these two artists. Carothers is a classically trained oil painter who has developed a significant body of work in a landscape tradition, which he builds on by creating views of Cincinnati that extend beyond simple observation. Cooper creates large-scale aerial view "maps" of Cincinnati using nothing more than copier paper, ballpoint pens, and a deep knowledge of the city built upon a lifetime of traveling on city buses, walking downtown, and taking car trips with friends.




Events subject to change, see our Calendar for details.


JUN 8 InDepth: New Women and Old Men: Gender Roles in the Art of Edward Potthast, 2 – 3 p.m., Meets in Front Lobby

Potthast depicted social behavior in an era when women were entering the work force and enjoying newfound leisure time. Join exhibition curator Julie Aronson for a discussion of the portrayal of women and men in Eternal Summer: The Art of Edward Henry Potthast.

FREE. Reservations not required.


JUN 15 Art Boardwalk, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Front Parking Lot

The Art Museum’s landlocked parking lot will be transformed into a beach boardwalk scene, complete with a sand sculpture, a Framester box truck photo booth, an art-making Midway including Happen, Inc., do-it-yourself screen printing with Able Projects, food trucks, local bands The SunBurners and The Harlequins, and more! Enjoy the beach without leaving Cincinnati. The first 500 visitors will receive a free beach ball.

FREE admission. *Please note: The Art Museum no longer has an ATM on the premises. Food trucks and DIY screen printing are cash only. Free parking is limited. Please walk, bike, carpool, or use Metro #1 if possible!


JUN 19 Cincinnati Everyday: A Conversation with Cole Carothers and Courttney Cooper, 7 p.m., Fath Auditorium

Visionaries and Voices artist Courttney Cooper and Cincinnati-born artist Cole Carothers come togetherto discuss the pair’s continued collaboration and shared Cincinnati inspirations. Guests are invited to ask questions and participate in the conversation. Matt Distel, the Art Museum’s new adjunct Curator of Contemporary Art, will moderate the discussion.

FREE for Art Museum Members, $5 for students/seniors/Enjoy the Arts members, $10 for non-members. Reservations recommended.


JUN 28 Art After Dark: Summer Movie Night, 5– 11 p.m., Alice Bimel Courtyard

Enjoy the warm weather with a movie night in our Alice Bimel Courtyard. Bring your blankets for a screening of the summer classic Jaws at 9 p.m.. Inside you’ll find Latin-infused roots music by Appalatin, playing live in the Great Hall, 6 – 8 p.m. The Terrace Café will stay open late for popcorn, snacks, and a cash bar.

FREE event with cash bar and appetizers. Reservations not required.


JUL 6 Cincinnati Artist Landmarks Lecture, 2– 3 p.m., Mary R. Schiff Library + Archives Reading Room, Longworth Wing

Join us for a lecture by Art Museum docent Carolyn Honkomp about historic art landmarks in Cincinnati and learn how these sites have evolved in recent years. Following the lecture, pick up a copy of the Cincinnati Artist Landmarks map and discover significant art sites around Greater Cincinnati, such as Frank Duveneck’s studio and Spring Grove Cemetery, where many Cincinnati artists are buried. If you can’t make it to the lecture, pick up a copy of the map at the Visitor Services desks throughout the summer or print one out from our website.

FREE. Reservations recommended.


JUL 10 Cincinnati Game Night, 5– 9 p.m., Great Hall

How well do you know the Queen City? Play Cincy-themed Pictionary from 5 –7 p.m., test your knowledge of Cincinnati trivia from 7 – 9 p.m., or go for a scavenger hunt through the Cincinnati Wing at your own pace. Turn in your completed scavenger hunt or win one of the games to receive special Cincinnati prizes! Cash bar and appetizers will be available.

FREE. Reservations not required.


JUL 13 InDepth: Edward Potthast's Skimpy Swimwear, 2– 3 p.m. SOLD OUT

This event is SOLD OUT. Please join us for one of our other Cincinnati Summer events!

Submerse yourself in early 20th century swimwear through the lens of Edward Potthast’s beach scenes. Join Cynthia Amnéus, curator of fashion arts and textiles, in the exhibition Eternal Summer: The Art of Edward Henry Potthast to discuss women’s and men’s typical bathing attire from the period and the resulting controversies as modes became increasingly revealing.

FREE. Reservations required.


JUL 17 ARTiculate: Anthony Luensman, 7 p.m., Fath Auditorium

The Cincinnati Art Museum continues its long history of supporting local artists with ARTiculate, a new series of talks exploring process and practice with Art Museum Director Aaron Betsky and Cincinnati artists. For the fourth installment of the series, Cincinnati-born artist Anthony Luensman will discuss his multimedia and installation work with Art Museum Director Aaron Betsky.

FREE for Art Museum Members and Evenings for Educators participants; $5 for students; $10 for non-members. Reservations recommended.


JUL 20 Cincinnati Spotlights Gallery Talks - CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

JUL 26 Art After Dark: Cincinnati Food Celebration, 5– 9 p.m., Great Hall + Alice Bimel Courtyard

Celebrate Cincinnati’s unique food culture in conjunction with our monthly Art After Dark series. Enjoy music from local favorites The Tillers, a cash bar, Cincinnati chili and a local brewery biergarten in our Alice Bimel Courtyard. The Museum Shop will host a book signing with Cheri Brinkman, author of Cincinnati and Soup: Recipes From the Queen City and Great Soup, and the Terrace Café will serve up some of their favorite Cincy dishes. The first 200 visitors will receive Art Museum bottle openers!

FREE event with cash bar and appetizers. Reservations not required.


AUG 3 Cincinnati Summer 5K and Sports Day, Race registration begins at 7 a.m.; Sports Day events from 12-3pm

Run or walk in the Summer 5K through Eden Park, then enjoy a classic tailgate complete with local mascots, cornhole and hot dogs! Afterwards, try your hand at our slap shot, football throwing, and basketball free-throwing contests. We’ll also be screening great Cincinnati sports moments in our Great Hall throughout the afternoon. To register for the 5K or for more information, please visit the Running Time website.

Summer 5K registration: $15 in advance, $25 day-of. Sports Day: Free. Reservations not required. Boxed lunches available for purchase at the Terrace Café.


AUG 10 Rookwood Day, 12– 4 p.m., Galleries

The Rookwood Pottery Company played a major role in American art pottery at the beginning of the 20th century. Learn more about this significant part of Cincinnati’s history with gallery talks led by our objects conservator Megan Emery and fellow Rookwood experts. Artists from Funke Fired Arts will also be on hand to demonstrate their techniques and answer questions about their process. Stop by the Art Museum Shop to meet a current Rookwood artist or to buy a contemporary Rookwood piece, and finish the day off with a special happy hour at The Rookwood Restaurant in Mt. Adams – bring your program for a free appetizer.

FREE. Reservations not required.


AUG 14 Cincinnati Memories Reception, 6– 8 p.m., Great Hall

Join us to celebrate the memories of a fun-filled Cincinnati Summer. Cincinnati Stories completed at our interactive stations and children’s art created during our summer-long contest will all be on display in the Cincinnati Wing for all to share, along with live music and light refreshments.

FREE. Reservations not required.



  • Type up a Cincinnati Story on one of the vintage typewriters stationed in the Cincinnati Wing for the duration of the summer. All stories will be shared at the Cincinnati Memories Reception on August 14th.
  • Start the weekend right by stopping by the Great Hall every Friday from 12– 2 p.m. for Something Different, featuring a different local performer every week. FREE. Reservations not required.
  • ART 360 gallery talks will focus on objects in our Cincinnati Wing. See website for details. June 22 and July 27, 2– 3 p.m. FREE. Reservations not required.
  • Summer Studio Sundays will be held in a different Cincinnati Wing gallery each month. Stop by on June 2, July 7, or August 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for free sketching sessions – we’ll provide everything you need.
  • Picnics with Potthast: Purchase a special boxed lunch from the Terrace Café for $9.95 and head outdoors to enjoy a meal in the Alice Bimel Courtyard or on the front lawn. Don’t forget to bring your blanket.
  • Summer accessibility programs (Touch Tours, American Sign Language-interpreted tours, and Connect: A Museum Experience for Adults with Developmental Disabilities) will focus on objects in our Cincinnati Wing and Cincinnati Summer exhibitions. See website for details.
  • Visit the Museum Shop for great Cincinnati-themed gifts throughout the summer.


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