Cincinnati has long attracted artists and art enthusiasts thanks to its vibrant cultural scene. Today, visitors and residents can both enjoy a wide selection of museums and cultural institutions with arts-centric spaces catering to individuals of all tastes. For the artist who is interested in joining a diverse community, Cincinnati also offers dozens of galleries that host exhibitions by local artists. Located in the middle of the heartland, this growing city offers an accessible arts community and an excellent range of galleries.
Locals have known about Cincinnati's vibrant arts community for decades. Despite economic setbacks and the physical and emotional damage of the 2001 race riots, Cincinnati has managed to make an astonishing comeback as a true Mecca for the arts in the heartland. New York Times travel writer Kassie Bracken lauds the city, saying that "Cincinnati is finding an artsy swagger, infused with a casual combination of Midwest and Southern charm. The city center, for decades rich with cultural and performing arts venues, now offers a renovated Fountain Square area."
Art enthusiasts interested in exploring the city's museum scene can start at the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM), which hosts both permanent and rotating exhibits and offers free admission. Families who want to enjoy a museum day together can start with a guided tour at CAM and then head out to the Duke Energy Children's Museum. For those with more eclectic tastes, the Contemporary Arts Center focuses on presenting new, challenging exhibits in its beautiful downtown space. Consider heading to Summerfair, Cincinnati's annual outdoor arts fair, which is geared towards both artists and buyers. The Summerfair organization conducts outreach and works with local artists year round.
Artists who are interested in becoming involved with an arts community will find that Cincinnati's art scene offers great opportunities for individuals practicing in most mediums. The city's arts community is considered a forward-thinking force that has adapted well to rapidly changing economic and social conditions in the area. "Cincinnati has embraced its turbulent history as a catalyst for even more progressive art and architecture," say travel writers Matt and Ted Lee. The city's progressive attitude is mirrored in the array of galleries that dot streets throughout downtown and the adjacent neighborhoods.
The city is also home to the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the School of Art at the University of Cincinnati. Both schools offer prestigious undergraduate and graduate programs to students studying many different art specialties. Thanks to the area's low cost of living and vibrant cultural scene, Cincinnati is the perfect location for art students who want to get a great education while becoming actively involved in the arts community.
Much like working artists in every city, artists in Cincinnati must carefully consider how they will store their artwork between shows. Storing your pieces in a local, climate controlled storage facility with climate-controlled units is an ideal solution for most artists bustling between meetings with gallery owners and art fairs. Artist Graham Matthews offers a wealth of tips for individuals who need to store their paintings for more than a few days. Matthews cautions artists to handle large groups of paintings and other works carefully, saying that "if you have to lay paintings on top of each other or against each other, use padding. A painting rack is the best thing to use if you have to store many." Remember to store works carefully, checking on them frequently to ensure that they are in good condition.
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