Open Call: Burning Man Photos

What It Is:

In keeping with the democratic approach to art-making at Burning Man, we are issuing an Open Call to submit your favorite (awesome) Burning Man photographs to be displayed as part of the No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The show opens in two parts: April 26 and June 7, and closes September 2, 2019. These photographs will go on display starting June 7, 2019.


Print it. Send it. Share it. Any size. No frames. One awesome photograph per burner. Subject matter: what makes you happy (Hint: merge Civic Responsibility with Radical Free Expression).At the end of the show, we will either gift it or burn it.


Open Call: Burning Man Photos

No Spectators: the Art of Burning Man

Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45202


Feel free to write your name and what the image is on the bottom face of the photo or you may choose not to. Regional and playa images are welcome! Please mail your photo before May 15, 2019.


InVasive: Cincinnati Art Museum & UC DAAP Temple Building Project


Volunteer Call: We are looking for community volunteers to help with the building of InVasive, a temple at the Cincinnati Art Museum. All ages are welcome.

Temple Location:  InVasive will be constructed on the west side of the Cincinnati Art Museum and will be visible to all visitors to the museum.

Temple Build Dates

  • May 9, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
  • May 11, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • May 14, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
  • May 18, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • May 19, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • May 21, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
  • May 25, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Additional build dates will be added, please follow the Cincinnati Art Museum on Facebook and Twitter for future dates.

Release Waivers/Wristbands: Volunteers helping build the temple MUST fill out a release waiver. A new waiver and wristband must be completed and received every time a volunteer is on site working. Waivers are available here. Please print, complete and turn in to staff located inside the DeWitt Entrance. Waivers will also be available at the DeWitt Entrance Desk for you to complete and sign.

Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signature.  Waivers/Wristbands will only be available at the DeWitt Entrance.

Please Come Prepared:

If you are planning to help build the temple, it would be helpful to bring your own tools: pruners, loppers, hand saws, work gloves. Dress for the weather and for outdoor work, bring water.

Questions: If you have questions or are interested in participating, please email Samantha Krukowski at [email protected] or Emily Holtrop at [email protected]

About the Project:

InVasive is a design/build project that will culminate in a temple structure situated on the west side of the Cincinnati Art Museum. This temple will be completed to coincide with the opening of the museum exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man in May 2019. The structure will echo the meaning and function of the temple built for Burning Man in the Nevada desert each year – it will be a place of refuge, reflection, remembrance – but it will be designed to reflect the context of its Cincinnati location.

A number of different groups are involved in the development and production of the temple. The temple design is being initiated by students at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati – these students are an interdisciplinary group studying landscape architecture, horticulture, sculpture and architecture. This smaller group of students will participate in the build of the temple alongside additional students and faculty from UC and other educational institutions (including high schools), community members from Walnut Hills and Mount Auburn, and the regional Burning Man community. The staff in the Cincinnati Art Museum Division of Learning & Interpretation is facilitating outreach efforts and community participation along with local arts organizations.

The temple will be constructed using invasive Amur Honeysuckle harvested from the Cincinnati Art Museum grounds. This undesirable species populates much of the landscape in Ohio, and grounds crews are currently working to clear the honeysuckle on the northern hillside of the art museum. Honeysuckle branches and stems will be the primary material for the temple, and these will be joined using various construction techniques (stacking, weaving, thatching), and biodegradable fastening systems. Lighting will be woven into the structure for illumination at night.

There will be design reviews of proposals for the structure before field work begins in mid-February. Once the temple is underway (with detailed construction methods drawn and with a stable armature in place) community members will join the build. When it is completed, the Cincinnati Art Museum will activate the temple with ceremonies and activities that are tied to the educational program of the museum and to the ten principles of Burning Man.

InVasive is a project grounded in sustainability, not only because it will be built from an unwanted invasive plant that is routinely discarded, but also because the lifespan of the temple will be part of its design. In late summer 2019 the temple will be relocated to an urban site where it will be further developed and then burned on the same evening the Burning Man temple is burned in Nevada.

InVasive will be highly interactive, public, and free. It is a collaborative endeavor that brings together different groups of people with varying skill sets in the creation of a carefully conceived and constructed structure that will build community even as it is community-built.



Burners Needed: Programs that still need burner participation


6/2/2019 Gallery Experience: Playa Pride, 3–4 p.m.

With this gallery experience we would like to talk about how Queer-identified people experience

Burning Man. Still looking for a few burners to speak at this casual gallery conversation. Contact [email protected] to participate.


6/15/19: Artist Workshop: Moving Sculptures, 1–3 p.m.

This is an all-ages workshop where people make something that they can take home. A lot of art at Burning Man (and in the exhibition is Kinetic). We are looking for an artist to lead a workshop where kids and adults could make a small kinetic sculpture in 2 hours. This program has a supply and honorarium, budget. Burners: 2 open team teacher/instructor slots. Contact [email protected] to participate.