Art in Bloom

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Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom 2015

Thursday, October 22 through Sunday, October 25, 2015

Open daily, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

8th Biennial Celebration


Celebrate the Cincinnati Art Museum’s fine art collections highlighted with 70 varied floral interpretations and special events.


Over four days, experience the beauty of glorious fresh flowers paired with the Cincinnati Art Museum’s fine art collection. Take part in many and varied special events, family friendly activities, docent-led tours, plus conversations and demonstrations by curators and floral arrangers. This year Art in Bloom is highlighting the Cincinnati Public Schools’ art collection at the Cincinnati Art Museum.


If you have any questions, please contact Development Events Manager Tiffany Payne-Bush at (513) 639.2962 or [email protected].


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Special Events

*Tickets/Reservations are required.

Reservations will be accepted online, by mail and over the phone beginning August 24, 2015. For additional information or to make reservations, please call (513) 721.ARTS.

Download the Ticket Order Form


Garden Party* (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, October 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fountain Room

Hosted by Truepoint Wealth Counsel

Celebrate the beauty of flowers transformed by the talented Robin Wood, Cincinnati florist, as she interprets a piece of fine art while you enjoy a delicious luncheon.

$50 per person | SOLD OUT


Evening in Bloom* 

Thursday evening, October 22, 6 – 9 p.m.

Opening night celebration throughout the Cincinnati Art Museum honoring Debbie Oliver, the chairperson for Art in Bloom's 2nd Biennial Celebration.

A festive, flower-filled party with delectable dinner-by-the-bite, fine wine and cocktails, lively music and glorious floral interpretations to be shared throughout the Art Museum.

$125 per person
$300 Benefactor
$500 Patron

Reservations required | Purchase Tickets


Morning Bloom*

Friday, October 23, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Fath Auditorium

Mimosa breakfast followed by “Blooms in Fine Art," an informative conversation with Art Museum curatorial staff, Kristin Spangenberg, Curator of Prints; and Brian Sholis, Curator of Photography; and Danielle Linn, Curatorial Assistant, Asian Art, Prints, and Drawing.

Please enter through the DeWitt Entrance.

$40 per person | Reservations preferred | Purchase Tickets


Artists in the Great Hall

Friday, October 23, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Six fine artists from the Cincinnati Art Club paint floral interpretations in their favorite mediums. Their art will be available for purchase to benefit the Art Museum


Hollyhocks & The Cincinnati Public Schools Collection*

Friday, October 23, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn about this wonderful collection started in the early 20th century by Cincinnati school children who saved pennies to purchase art for their schools and their heritage. Lecture by Dr. Julie Aronson, the Art Museum's Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, in the Fath Auditorium. Continue with a luncheon in the lovely Fountain Room.

Presentation Only: $10 per person
Presentation with Luncheon: $50 per person

Reservations preferred | Purchase Tickets


Floral Interpretation in Dutch Gallery (G205)

Friday, October 23, 2 – 3 p.m.

Creative Cincinnati florist, Kristen Sekowski, illustrates arranging fresh flowers into art.

No fee or reservations required.


Bloom Under the Moon*

Friday, October 23, 7 – 10 p.m.

Fun and casual evening of “Flower Power” celebrated throughout the Art Museum with cocktails, wine, light bites and cool music. Find the "flower" in ten diverse floral interpretations and win a Cincinnati-themed prize.

$45 per person | Reservations preferred | Purchase Tickets


“Youkoso!” Welcome!*

Saturday, October 24, 10: – 11:30 a.m.

Hosted by DIGS|Real Estate|Design|Construction|

Japanese-inspired brunch in the Fountain Room and special Moto Ikebana floral demonstration by Brenda Baird.

$40 per person | Reservations preferred | Purchase Tickets


Families in Bloom: Day-long program for everyone

Saturday, October 24

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Family Flower Sketching: Young artists create their own art inspired by Art in Bloom.

2 – 3 p.m. Fandom: Flower Songs: Join a member of the Division of Learning & Interpretation to explore and connect floral references in popular music.

2 - 4 p.m.: Young Artist Open Studio: Creative opportunity for teenage artists

3 p.m.: Tea Reception*: Complete an art-filled afternoon with a flower-themed tea reception in the Rookwood Room.
$10 per person | Reservations preferred | Purchase Tickets


Jazz in Bloom*

Sunday, October 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Afternoon jazz party hosted by the Donald P. Sowell Endowment Committee with soul food by Ollie's Trolley and light libations. Held in the Great Hall, the Haile Gallery, and the Fountain Room.

$35 per person | Reservations preferred | Purchase Tickets


Daily Events and Group Tours

Throughout Art in Bloom we invite you to enjoy scheduled docent tours, conversations with the floral arrangers, music and the fine art of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collections. Group tours can be arranged by calling (513) 639.2975. Tours must be scheduled at least one month in advance and are subject to availability.



Art in Bloom 2015’s art inspiration:

Bessie Hoover Wessel (American, b.1888, d.1973); Hollyhocks (circa 1915-17); oil on canvas; Collection of the City School District of the City of Cincinnati; made available to the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Cincinnati Art Museum; L15.2008:79.



Thank you for the support of the 2015 Art in Bloom Sponsors


Presenting Sponsors:

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Contributing Sponsor:

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Participating Sponsors:

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Sarah and Mark Johnson

Marty and Nick Ragland

Judy and Steven Stein

Barbara and Bill Weyand


In-Kind Sponsor:

John Hinger and Beau Bolce, Quince and Quinn