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
May 16 – 26, 2023
IMMANUEL LUTHERAN SCHOOL PRESENTS
FREE Gallery Opening: Thursday May 18, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Using art to show Light, Love, Peace, Service, and our talents to strengthen our community and create purpose, this exhibition features over 175 works by over 165 youth artists. Collectively we achieve more emphasizing harmony and community over individualism to impact the world around us.
Curated by Immanuel Lutheran School Art Teacher, Celia Wallen
April 28 – May 11, 2023
BADIN HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS
If These Walls Could Talk
FREE Closing Reception: Thursday May 11, 6:00 – 8:00pm
“The artist is never bored.” The artist is an observer and looks for unique solutions. The artist approaches each piece with the knowledge and experience from the previous piece. The artist takes risks. The artist takes the road less traveled. If These Walls Could Talk features 2D and 3D artwork by Badin High School Artists in a variety of media. The artwork represents work from all levels of artists.
We are very appreciative to the Fitton Staff for the opportunity to display our students' artwork in the Community Gallery of the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. We invite you to If These Walls Could Talk and enjoy the world through the eyes of many talented artists.
Badin High School Visual Arts Teachers
April 7 - 26, 2023
HAMILTON FRESHMAN CAMPUS
Student Art Show
FREE Closing Reception: Wednesday April 26, 6:00 – 7:30pm
This exhibition combines work collected from the current academic year from a variety of art classes that take place at Hamilton City School District’s freshman campus building. We offer semester-long courses in Art II, Drawing/Painting, and Public Art. Curated by instructor Melissa Peterson.
March 13 – 31, 2023
WORKS FROM THE FITTON CENTER CLAY COMMUNITY
Feature & Flow
FREE Gallery Opening: Saturday March 18, 6:00 – 7:30pm
This March, NCECA, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, holds their annual conference in Cincinnati. The Fitton Center is one of many area venues presenting associated exhibitions. This inclusive sample of pottery from the Fitton Center ceramics community reflects the close connection to and location on the Great Miami River, animating the collaborative aspect of moving water. Find more information about the conference at nceca.net.
Curated by Caroline Digiovenale & Amanda Joy Phirman
February 4 – March 3, 2023
Presented by Women’s Art Club of Hamilton
FREE Gallery Opening: Saturday February 4, 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Fitton Center and 5:30 – 9:00 at Strauss Gallery
New Views is a dual-venue exhibition supported by The Fitton Center and Strauss Gallery, featuring the work of the newly formed Women's Art Club of Hamilton. Comprised of a diverse group of local women, the club has grown steadily since its first meeting in May of 2022. The exhibition represents over 50 local women and includes a total of over 200 works at both locations. WACH believes art brings people together, and together we can have a positive impact on each other and on our city.
November 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Miami University Regionals Drawing Exhibition
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
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
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
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
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
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
Badin High School
Brush & Key
An exhibition of student artwork & piano recital.
Art Exhibition: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Recital: 6:30 - 8:30pm
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
Badin High School
Vision & Voice
An exhibition of student artwork & piano recital.
Opening reception: Thursday, May 14th, 6:00 - 7:30pm
April 14 – May 9, 2020