Community Gallery

800 to 2000 budding artists of all ages feel the thrill of sharing their displayed art in 10 to 12 shows and reception events, annually in our 1st floor gallery. In these collaborative projects, the Fitton Center highlights art made in our classes and outreach programs, and also partners with local schools, universities, artist networks, retirement villages, community centers and other organizations to celebrate the talented artists in our area. Contact us with your Community Gallery exhibition ideas! 

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Leading Sponsor: Penny Brooks

November 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023

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Trail Cameras Project
Hunting the Unexpected

FREE Gallery Opening and Artist Talk: Saturday November 19, 11:00 – 1:00

 

The Fitton Center introduces a project inspired by artist Alyssa Salomon in which artists from four high schools turn trail camera images into a Community Gallery exhibition. Artist Talk and Q&A.  Features student work from Badin, Butler Tech School of the Arts, Hamilton and Oak Hills High Schools.

Trail Cameras Project: Hunting the Unexpected is part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial.

Photo Credit: Anna Nicol

October 8 – November 4, 2022

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Curated by Michael Wilson
Acknowledge Reveal Disclose

FREE Gallery Opening: Saturday October 22, 5:30 – 7:30pm

 

This exhibition celebrates portrait photographs made by individuals from across the region who are active and passionate in their pursuit of photography. Many are not photographers by training or profession, and many have chosen to work in analog film processes. These individuals are part of what seems to be an organically growing and highly energized community of picture-makers. The exhibition draws attention to and encourages the growth of that community.

 

Photo: Addy Jo by Kyle Wolff

 

Acknowledge Reveal Disclose is part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial.

June 4 – July 29, 2022

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SOS Art
INSIDEOUT: An Affirming Epiphany

This show stems from my friendship with Jay DeFazio, a transgender activist and board member of SOS ART. Jay, supported by ArtWorks, had started “InsideOut” a series of workshops for transgender individuals asking them to create their self-portrait reflecting on their arduous journey of self-acceptance, transitioning into their new unfolding identity. I expanded the project to include the overall community of trans and cis individuals by specifically adding to it the voice of our local poet community to connect to our universal humanity. Self-portraits and responsive poems became part of a book, also of shows, that the non-profit SOS ART organization organized, in line with its mission to promote and provide opportunities for the arts as vehicles for peace and justice and for a better world.

~Saad Ghosn, Organizer and Curator, President, SOS ART

May 17 – June 1, 2022

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Immanuel Lutheran
Student Show

The talented Kindergarten through 8th grade students of Immanuel Lutheran school will display the beautiful artwork they have created throughout their school year.  The Fitton Center would like to thank Immanuel Art Teachers Debby Burge and Janet Kallenberger and Admissions Counselor, Beth Fleming for coordinating and sharing this exhibition with our community.

May 2 - 12, 2022

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Badin High School
It started with an idea…

FREE Gallery Opening: Thursday May 12, 6:00 – 8:00pm

 

It starts with an idea.  And then begins the process.  The preparation, the exploration, the experimentation, the reflection, the success, along with the failures.  Each new inspiration offers new challenges and opportunities to grow as an artist in technique, skill level and theme.  It begins with an idea, allowing oneself to work intuitively without losing sight of the original concept.  It is knowing when to step back, make changes and when to stop.   It takes courage to share one’s work and one’s journey.  Badin Artists are fearless and diligent.  Badin Artists, from beginning to advanced levels, are on a constant journey of self-discovery. The Badin Art Studio is a safe place for exploration of personal, cultural, and social issues.  Their ideas are as diverse as their techniques.  

They have one thing in common.  

They are passionate about their work.  

We hope you enjoy the exhibition!

April 4 – 25, 2022

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2022 Congressional Art Competition

FREE Gallery Opening: Saturday April 9, 10:00am – 12:00pm 

 

Each spring, the Congressional Arts Caucus, working with the Congressional Institute, coordinates a nationwide high school visual arts competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district.  

Winning artwork from this prestigious competition will represent the 8th District in Washington, DC, as part of the year-long display in the U.S. Capitol.  In addition, the winner may receive free round-trip airfares for the national winners’ reception in Washington, D.C., and be eligible for a scholarship from a reputable college of arts and design. 

 

Any students residing in Ohio’s 8th Congressional District are invited to participate in this event.  Contact your high school art teacher for more information.

March 11 – 30, 2022

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Miami University Regionals
Student Art Exhibition 2022

FREE Gallery Opening: Saturday March 26, 6:00 – 7:30pm followed by ticketed performance: The Julie James Show

 

Miami University Regionals Art and Community Art degree programs participate in a jury selection of the best works created in the last academic year.  Selections are made from our Drawing, Painting, Photography, 2-D Design, Color Theory and Sculpture classes. The students represent a wide range of disciplines, included but not limited to: Community Arts, Studio Arts, Pre-Communication Design, Pre-Architecture and Interior Design, and Art Education degree programs.  This selection of 30-40 works of art spans approximately 12-18 artists every year. Top prizes will be awarded to Best in Show as our purchase award, Second Place and an Honorable Mention.  

 

~Jennifer Purdum, Assistant Teaching Professor of Art

January 10 – March 3, 2022

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Miami University Regionals Drawing Exhibition
ART 221/222/320

FREE Gallery Opening: Saturday February 5, 5:30 – 7:30pm with ongoing Human Rights: Derechos Humanos and opening of Collision exhibitions followed by performance Professor Dan, Rio Van & the Eclectic Jazz Co-op

 

Intermediate and advanced drawing students investigated issues related to cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and human rights during the Fall semester of 2021. We made work concerning the history of Native American culture in Ohio and the midwest starting with the Northwest Ordinance in 1787 and the Greenville Treaty of 1795. The work shown was in direct response to a mural that is currently hanging in Rentschler Hall at the Hamilton Campus. The students were tasked with evaluating the mural, updating the imagery to better reflect a more contemporary context. 

~ Roscoe Wilson, Professor of Art

December 2, 2021 – January 6, 2022

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Butler Tech School of the Arts
Human Rights: SOA Voice

FREE Gallery Opening: Friday December 10, 5:30 – 7:30pm with the opening of exhibitions Human Rights: Derechos Humanos and Mirrors and Veils followed by performance A Swingin’ Christmas with the CCJO.

 

This body of student work is a collaboration of learning that has taken place in Mrs. Mary Catherine Ruby’s Visual Art + Design and Mrs. Valerie Folz’ Government class. After learning about Human Rights in Mrs. Folz’ class, students chose a Human Rights issue they wanted to research. Students then visually communicated their voice through their art.

October 29 – November 29, 2021

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Queen City Art Club
A Winter Wonderland

FREE Gallery Opening: Friday October 29, 6-8pm with BOOM! Last Blast in the first and second floor galleries with live music by Ionic.

 

The Queen City Art Club is made up of artists in southwest Ohio with goals of developing artistic talent and exhibiting and promoting art in the area.  As we head into the winter months and prepare to celebrate many traditions and holidays with our friends and families, please join us for a sampler of our latest work, along with a collection of winter and holiday pieces. This show will certainly help to get you into the spirit of the upcoming winter season. 

September 28 – October 22, 2021

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Highlights of Summer Art Workshop Student Exhibition
Art Central Foundation

The artwork was created by Young Artists, grades 3-12, during Art Central Foundation’s Summer Art Workshop (SAW) program.  This program offers free or “pay-what-you-can” visual art instruction to youth in Middletown and the seven school districts surrounding. Works include a wide range of media: drawing, pastel, ceramic, fused glass, fiber arts and stained-glass mosaic.  Included in the exhibit are works created for inclusion in a global art initiative called Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss.  Each SAW Lead Artist designed a project to allow our students to express their thoughts on the topic of humankind’s impact on the Earth.

August 25 – September 23, 2021

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Darryl Berry
Souls x 10

Souls x 10 was created to be a visual representation of Butler County residents lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Each of the over 60 glass tetrahedrons that make up the installation represents ten local friends and neighbors who have been lost to the virus.  Sadly, the installation will continue to grow until the state of Ohio determines it is no longer necessary to maintain its COVID-19 dashboard.

~ Darryl Berry

July 21 – August 20, 2021

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Art Central Foundation
Equality As We See It

As a part of last year's Summer Art Workshop Student Exhibition, each class created a piece expressing their feelings about the subject of Equality. The result was a powerful group of youth work, which resulted in plans for this adult show on the same subject. Covid-19 has challenged our connection to community and we wanted to offer all artists a voice to speak to how they see equality, an issue that is currently being debated as close as our neighborhoods and far as the Supreme Court.

~ Sue Schaefer Wittman, Art Central Foundation

May 13, 2021

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Badin High School
Brush & Key

An exhibition of student artwork & piano recital.

Art Exhibition: 6:00 - 8:00pm

Recital: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Summer 2020

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Curated by Jennifer Purdum
Miami University Regionals

Every year, Miami University Regionals art students create a large-scale charcoal drawing dealing with the concept of identity and portraiture.  Over the years, students have dealt with the issue of identity through myth, nature, and through the lens of digital technologies.  This exhibition celebrates some of the best examples produced over the last 5 years.  Drawings on view were created primarily using charcoal with watercolor and additional mixed media.

May 12 – 19, 2020

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Badin High School
Vision & Voice

An exhibition of student artwork & piano recital.

Opening reception: Thursday, May 14th, 6:00 - 7:30pm

Recital: 6:30pm

April 14 – May 9, 2020

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Ridgeway Elementary

Free Artist Reception: Saturday April 18, 6:00 – 7:30pm before Jason Farnham & Friends Piano Show at 7:30pm (a ticketed event.)

In this Exhibition you will find amazing creations created from recycled materials. Families and students from Ridgeway Elementary worked together to create works of art that support environmental conservation and spread awareness about human consumption. 

February 26 – April 1, 2020

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10_Women

Free Artist Reception: Saturday March 7, 10:00am – 2:00pm, as part of ArtsWave Days POWER of HER

 

10_Women is a multi-disciplinary experience that connects the accomplishments of female trailblazers with our modern Cincinnati identity using the lives and legacies of ten Cincinnati women expressed by area contemporary women artists.

January 25 – February 18, 2020

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Butler Tech School of the Arts
Collective Exhibition

Free Artist Reception: Saturday February 1st, 5:30 – 7:30pm, with the opening of the Shifty exhibition.

 

Over 90 new artworks in a variety of mediums by students in grades 11 and 12 from the current school year.

October 12 – November 2

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Queen City Art Club
Fall Exhibition

Free Artist Reception: Saturday November 2nd in tandem with the opening of the Heartland exhibition.

The Queen City Art Club is made up of artists and art appreciators, both men and women, who are interested in exhibiting and promoting art in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. 

August 16 – September 7, 2019

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HEATWAVE!
Season Launch Show

Free Artist Reception:  Friday August 16, 5:00 – 9:00pm as part of this year’s Season Launch

Enjoy hot new art in this sizzling show featuring works from students and artists involved in our education and outreach programs.

September 25 – October 4, 2019

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The Extraordinary Filmmaking Career of Scott Wegener
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Free Artist Reception: Saturday September 28, 4:00 – 6:00pm before an 8:00pm premiere of Scott Wegener’s new film, The Riddle of the Spider’s Web in the Fitton Family Theater.

Summer 2019

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Summer Camp Friday Celebrations

Free Artist Receptions:  Each Friday, Fitton Center Summer Campers will celebrate their week of camp creations in our Community Gallery.  Stop in to celebrate!