Top Art Galleries To Visit in Cincinnati, OH

September 16th, 2021 by

Cincinnati, Ohio, is known for its focus on cultural events and the arts. Along with theater, orchestra, and ballet performances, there are also many art galleries to visit in the city. Here are some of the most unique local art galleries for you to explore.

Miller Gallery

Perhaps the most interesting fact about Miller Gallery is that it began in the Miller family basement in the 1960s. Norman and Barbara Miller were selling works of local artists from their private collection, showing the art in their basement until the gallery outgrew the space and needed its own location. This 50-plus-year history earns Miller Gallery the title of Cincinnati’s oldest fine arts gallery. The Miller family recently sold the gallery to Jayne Menke, who upgraded the building to improve the lighting and facilities.

Miller Gallery features an eclectic collection of artwork in many different mediums, styles, and genres. The 2,000-square-foot gallery displays various contemporary and traditional artwork, such as impressionism and abstract art. The gallery represents over 60 local, national, and international artists, running the gamut from emerging artists to those established in their field. Each year the gallery receives over 1,000 artist submissions, of which they accept a small fraction, to cycle out some artists and bring in new ones to keep the gallery dynamic and fresh.

Miller Gallery also offers custom framing and art consulting.

Miller Gallery is located in Hyde Park Square at 2715 Erie Ave. The gallery is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Miller Gallery is closed on Mondays.

21c Museum Hotel

21c Museum Hotel is a contemporary art museum with much more to offer than just art. It’s also a restaurant and bar, a boutique hotel, and a cultural events center. The museum is found in the Metropole Hotel, a 100-year-old building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 21c represents the 21st century, and perhaps the most distinguishing thing about the 21c Museum Hotel is the fact that this is the country’s first museum devoted exclusively to 21st-century art.

For an entertaining and informative twist, the museum has a creative scavenger hunt written completely in rhyming verse to refer to while viewing the exhibits. The scavenger hunt document shares details and information about the art along with the names of the pieces. This original and energetic space will inspire your creative spirit. 21c displays works of both local emerging artists and international artists.

The Metropole Hotel is located at 609 Walnut St. in Cincinnati.

Manifest Gallery

What makes Manifest Gallery unique is that professors, students, and working artists manage it. This nonprofit organization strives to be much more than a standard art gallery and focuses on creating a positive cultural impact on the community. The organization has four primary pillars of programming which include exhibitions at the gallery, publications through its on-site publishing house, support via its artist residency program, and education by means of the drawing center. 

The nonprofit receives its funding through the sale of art, grants, state and regional funding, and public donations. The gallery also offers an annual membership and an annual publication subscription to increase funding. There’s an onsite bookstore as well, selling books on drawing, painting, photography, and other art-related items.

This is the charitable nonprofit organization’s 17th season of operation. Local art lovers and experts came together to organize something valuable and impactful for the community and keep it going. Manifest Gallery is found at 2727 Woodburn Ave. and is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Visionaries and Voices in Cincinnati, OH

Keith Banner and Bill Ross founded Visionaries and Voices in 2003 to be an inclusive art organization providing opportunities to visual artists with disabilities. Visionaries and Voices is a nonprofit organization and offers creative, professional, and educational programs through partnerships with local artists, schools, and businesses.

Visionaries and Voices provides access to studio areas, art supplies, and assistance to over 130 disabled visual artists. The organization also hosts five annual art shows, providing local artiss with exhibition and sale opportunities.

Artists use a wide variety of materials to create their work, including paint, clay, glass, wood, and more. Examples of the art for sale include hand-drawn maps of Cincinnati, handmade dolls, sculptures, paintings, and ink drawings.

This creative and inspiring gallery is one you don’t want to miss when you’re exploring the Cincinnati art scene. Visionaries and Voices has two Cincinnati locations at either 3841 Spring Grove Ave. or 225 Northland Blvd.

Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati, OH

Pendleton Art Center houses eight floors of art studios. With over 200 artist studios in the building, Pendleton Art Center is the largest collection of artists’ work in one building. The building is only open to the public for private meetings with the artists, but every month they hold an open house event.

On Final Fridays, the last Friday of each month, the building opens to the public from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors can explore all eight stories and 200-plus studios while they have a chance to meet and talk to the artists. During the gallery tour, visitors can explore the artists’ studios, observe and purchase their artwork. enjoy informative lectures and interactive classes, and watch live demonstrations. As this free event is very popular, arrive early enough to find a free spot. It’s a great opportunity to find special, one-of-a-kind gifts.

The building itself is fascinating since the art center is actually an old warehouse with the original pinewood floors and stunning 8-foot arched windows. You’ll find Pendleton Arts Center at 1310 Pendleton St.

The staff at Performance Kings Honda would like to hear what you think about these suggested art galleries in Cincinnati. What is your favorite local art gallery? We invite you to contact our team and give us your feedback on our list of the best galleries in town.

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