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Sketching Sunday: “Cinspiration”

by Shannon Karol


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Cincinnati has been (and still is) home to many notable painters and sculptors over the years, and these artists are celebrated in our Cincinnati Wing.  With the re-opening of the Early Cincinnati gallery of the Cincinnati Wing, the Queen City’s artistic history is fully back on view at CAM.  We encourage you to use the works on view in Galleries 106-126 as artistic inspiration for this month’s Sketching Sunday.

You might decide to start in G119 by sketching August von Kreling’s Model for the Tyler Davidson Fountain, Cincinnati.  Although not by a Cincinnati-based artist, the Tyler Davidson Fountain is the centerpiece of Fountain Square and a tribute to the residents of our city.

Creating portrait busts of the city’s patrons of the arts was a family affair for Hiram and Preston Powers.  The father and son duo have sculptures of famous Cincinnatians on view in Gallery 108.  Hiram Powers’ bust of Nicholas Longworth dates back to 1850, while Preston Powers’ portrait of Reuben R. Springer is from 1880. 

Left: Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, Alladin Vase, Right: Mary Louise McLaughlin’s Ali Baba Vase

The rivalry between Maria Longworth Nichols Storer and M. Louise McLaughlin is legendary in Cincinnati.  Both artists have artworks on view in Gallery 114 and you might choose to sketch one of their works.  Maybe you would rather join the battle while creating your own ceramic designs to rival those of the “Dueling Divas”.

What other Cincinnati artists and artworks inspire you?  Don’t forget to share your sketches with us on social media so that we can add your name to the list of famous Cincinnati artists. Snap a picture of your work and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #sketchingsunday.  Don’t forget to tag us: @cincyartmuseum.

Sketching supplies will be available in the main lobby from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on September 6th.  A $5 deposit is required to check out a supplies kit and will be refunded upon return of the kit.  You may also bring your own sketching supplies into the galleries.

Please note, sketching is not allowed in special exhibitions.


Image credit:

  • August von Kreling (German, b.1819, d.1876); Model for the Tyler Davidson Fountain, Cincinnati, 1868; bronze; Bequest of Eugene Booth; 1952.198
  • The Rookwood Pottery Company (American, estab. 1880), manufactory; Maria Longworth Nichols Storer (American, b.1849, d.1932), decorator; Aladdin Vase,1882; earthenware; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James J. Gardner; 2002.94
  • Mary Louise McLaughlin (American, b. 1847, d. 1939) decorator; Frederick Dallas Hamilton Road Pottery (American, est. 1865, closed 1882) manufatory; Ali Baba Vase, 1880; earthenware; Gift of Women’s Art Museum Association; 1881.239