Open Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.*

Also open the second Saturday of every month, September–June. 
*The Library will close at 3:30 p.m. on the following dates:

November 14, 2017 
February 27, 2018 
April 24, 2018 
June 19, 2018 
August 28, 2018


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Please note that all materials are for use in the Library only and may not be checked out.

Mary R. Schiff Library Events

In the Mary R. Schiff Library Dialogues with Artists | 6:30 – 7:30


At this event you will have an opportunity to hear two artists to articulate an answer to the question “Why do you make art and how does this determine your connection to your audience?”, as well as see up close their work. This popular event, now in its fifth year, moved to Thursday’s evenings, as the museum stays open till 8 pm.


September 21, 2017


Margaret Rhein

Margaret Rhein, has been making paper by hand at her studio in the Westwood neighborhood of Cincinnati for over 40 years.  Her inspirations come from many sources and often involve plant forms, landscapes and figurative themes.  Her work has been exhibited in galleries and craft shows throughout the US.  She teaches workshops in papermaking and related book arts to adults and children. 

Gabrielle Fox

Gabrielle Fox is a bookbinder based in Cincinnati. Her work is represented in many public and private collections and in 2016 was exhibited in “The Poet of Them All” at the Yale Center for British Art. Gabrielle is the author of The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books. She travels often to care for collections and teach.

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January 18, 2018


Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker

Professors, University of Cincinnati

Since 2008 Guy and Katie have been collaborating together under the name Future Retrieval, making objects that combine new technology, porcelain, and good craft. Working on developing a unique aesthetic, a look that falls in between the worlds of art and design, they utilize conceptualization, discovery, and acquisition of form – lately objects of art historical significance.

They use digital imaging that includes 3d scanning, CNC milling, and rapid prototyping to scale up or down with exacting precision, transforming the collected objects into the ceramic medium. Mold making, including working with plaster, rubbers, and high-density foam bring these digital processes to life in the studio, allowing for exacting replication.

Katie and Guy both graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with BFA in ceramics, and the Ohio State University with MFA in ceramics.

They exhibit nationally and internationally, and are represented by Denny Gallery in New York City. They have been Smithsonian Artist Research Fellows at the National Museum of Natural History and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, among others, and are currently Resident Artists and Grantholders at Iaspis in Stockholm Sweden.



March 15, 2018

Carolyn Mazloomi, quilt artist and quilt historian

Carolyn Mazloomi is among the most influential African American quilt historians and quilt artists of the twenty-first century. Widely exhibited in the United States and internationally, her quilts are included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Museum of Art, the World Bank, National Civil Rights Museum, Mint Museum, American Museum of Art and Design, and the Wadsworth Museum.

Dr. Mazloomi has written eight books on African American quilts and is an authority in the field, and a very sought after exhibit curator.  She is the founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network dedicated to foster and preserve art of quilt making among women, and men, of color.

Dr. Mazloomi was awarded the first Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award in 2003. Her organization, WCQN, has been recognized by the International Labour Department in Geneva and the United Nations for its developmental programs to help advance women.

In 2014, Dr. Mazloomi was awarded the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, Bess Lomax Hawes National Endowment of the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award.


Renee Harris, artist

After graduating from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Renee worked in galleries and did freelance illustration, while experimenting with different techniques and processes to help define her artistic voice and direction.

A discovered interest in textiles inspired works that mirrored her passion for narrative drawing. Renee exhibited these dimensional pieces for many years in major national craft shows and galleries. Recently returning to drawing and painting has brought her full circle in her career with a renewed insight to the power of change. Now she works with acrylic wash, graphite pencil on board and rag papers.

Renee’s recent work reflects her interest in addressing the plight of vanishing species and nature's fragile state in a world that often takes it for granted.


Informal conversation with artists is encouraged. Wine and cheese served. Free. Reservations not required.


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Founded in 1881, the Mary R. Schiff Library has an extensive collection of over 100,000 items spanning 6,000 years of art history, including decorative arts, fashion and photography. The collection includes books, reference resources such as biographical dictionaries, periodicals, videos/DVDs, ephemera files, auction catalogs and online databases. The Library also has a unique assortment of materials on Cincinnati art and artists.

The Library is open to the public and highly qualified librarians will be happy to assist you and answer your questions. Library staff can also help if you’re looking for information on artwork or artists in the museum’s collection or in your own collection.

Visitors are also welcome to browse the shelves, sit and read in the bright reading room, or enjoy a coffee on the balcony, while taking in the panoramic views of the city. For book lovers, there’s also an ongoing book sale.

The Mary R. Schiff Library is located on the third floor of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Longworth Wing (the old Art Academy building.) Direct access to the Library is via the Castellini Foundation entrance (in front of the Pinocchio sculpture).


Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (513) 639-2978



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