I made this for students and thought I would share. Please feel free to contact me if you want a gallery added.
This is by no means comprehensive; the Cincinnati region contains many excellent museums, galleries and arts centers. Most of these locations are open Monday through Friday 9-5, unless otherwise noted–and for frequent openings and events. Make sure you plan ahead to see if the gallery is open (sometimes galleries close when they are installing new shows). Included below are the three major art museums in Cincinnati: The Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum, and the Contemporary Arts Center, as well as many galleries and other arts-related establishments. Here are my favorites organized by neighborhood:
Contemporary Arts Center – On sixth and Walnut. Unlike the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Taft Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center or CAC does not maintain a permanent collection. Instead, the center stages ongoing temporary exhibitions of regional and internationally recognized contemporary artists. Through their curatorial practices and the artists they showcase, the CAC continually pushes the boundaries of contemporary art. The CAC is free Monday evenings. At other times it is $6. Check website for upcoming performances and exhibitions. http://www.contemporaryartscenter.org.
21C – Museum Hotel – http://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/ Free, open to public 24 hours a day. World-class collection of contemporary art in a clean contemporary space. Taxidermy, unconventional materials, permanent collection and special exhibitions, as well as local artists works in vitrines on floors for hotel guests.
Taft Museum of Art – an intimate location–a historic mansion downtown–with a collection that rivals any other museum of its size in quality. In the Taft Museum’s permanent collection are artists such as John Singer Sargeant, Duveneck, Turner, Rembrandt, to name just a few. Museum hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free on-site parking is available.Free on Sundays. – http://www.taftmuseum.org
Weston Art Gallery – Excellent, progressive exhibitions featuring contemporary artists. One of the largest and nicest galleries in town, ajoined to the Arnoff Center for Performing Arts http://www.westonartgallery.com
OVER-THE-RHINE, CAMP WASHINGTON:
During Final Fridays (the last Friday evening of every month) from 6-10, OTR turns into an art-walk. Many local businesses participate and showcase art. Additionally, these galleries have hours and openings at other times:
Lily’s 1305 Gallery – Main St. Cincinnati, solo and two-person shows, contemporary, local and regional artists. A Final Friday staple.
Art Academy of Cincinnati – Jackson St., exhibitions often during final fridays and at other times featuring student work as well as internationally known artists and illustrators. http://www.artacademy.edu
Carl Solway Gallery – http://www.solwaygallery.com/ works by major, established international contemporary artists.
Semantics Gallery – Contemporary, provocative, underground, local. – https://www.facebook.com/semanticsgallery
Harvest Gallery – Neighborhood gallery showcasing mostly Cincinnati artists
Many other OTR businesses participate in Final Friday. Here is a list: http://finalfridayotr.com/
Clifton Cultural Arts Center – Excellent community arts center with wide range of programming including occasional partnerships with UC DAAP Students and faculty: http://www.cliftonculturalarts.org/
DAAP Galleries – Several galleries run by the college of Design, Architecture Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. The two most popular are colloquially known as the Reed and Meyers galleries. These spaces often showcase internationally recognized artists alongside student-work and local and regional artists. http://daap.uc.edu/galleries.html.
Niehoff Urban Studio – University of Cincinnati urban planning space that often stages art exhibitions
EVANSTON, HYDE PARK, OAKLEY:
Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center – has quickly established itself as an international force in painting and drawing. showcasing works with impeccable craftsmanship and contemporary concept – http://www.manifestgallery.org
Phyllis Weston – Famous promotor and patron of the arts in Cincinnati, contemporary works, mostly painting http://phyllisweston.com – 2005 1/2 Madison Rd.
Malton Gallery – Commercial gallery, contemporary but accessible, sometimes decorative works. http://www.maltonartgallery.com
Miller Gallery – Commercial gallery, contemporary but accessible, sometimes decorative works. http://www.millergallery.com
Greenwich House Gallery – Traditional sculpture and painting – http://greenwichhousegallery.com
PAC Gallery – https://www.facebook.com/pages/PAC-Gallery
Cincinnati Art Museum – Eden Park – http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/ atop beautiful Eden park is one of the oldest museums in the country and has a fine permanent collection of art throughout the ages. They have a good collection of modernist works and decent contemporary collection as well, although this floor is often closed. They do also stage traveling exhibitions of works by well known modern masters. Although the museum charges an admission for parking the museum itself is free. You may park at the bottom of the hill in the park and walk the short distance up to the museum.
Kennedy Heights Art Center – Kennedy Heights. Nice arts center in a large converted house, featuring frequent exhibitions of well-known mostly regional artists. http://www.kennedyarts.com/
BOOM Gallery – Norwood. 1940 Dana Ave. Underground and experimental contemporary art. Open during openings and by appointment – http://www.boomgallery.us
Nearby – Various locations. An untethered curatorial collective staging ephemeral and interdisciplinary exhibitions and performance works around town. – http://www.nearby.gallery