The Barn and The Woman's Art Club of Cincinnati
This is the website of The Barn (Woman's Art Club Cultural Center) & The Woman's Art Club of Cincinnati
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The Club was founded in 1892 by 19 women artists, in response to the Cincinnati Art Club’s refusal to accept female members. Today The Club is more than 250 women strong and is the oldest Woman’s Art Club operating without interruption in the United States. A bit of history: In 1992, our centennial year, The Club moved to its first permanent address at the Pendleton Art Center.
Then, in 2006, in order to raise funds to restore the Resthaven Barn in Mariemont as a Cultural Center, The Club created the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation (The Foundation). The Barn currently provides space for art instruction, art exhibits, artists’ studios, meetings and events. The Barn continues to be maintained and operated by The Foundation as a State of Ohio Cultural Facility serving men, women, and children of the Greater Cincinnati Area. Last year we received 16,000 individual visits!
A question commonly asked is, "Do I have to be a member to take classes or attend cultural events at the Barn?". No, you do not have to "be a member" or pay membership fees for all the wonderful art classes & programming we have to offer. We are an Ohio Cultural Arts Center open to all.
An array of local and international artists and art dealers present an exhibition entitled, “Blacks on Horseback.” The subject will be interpreted by several different artists in a variety of media including paintings, photography, sculpture, and film. The purpose of the show is to celebrate the little-known history of Africans and their descendants as relates to their connection with the horse. The opening will take place Sunday May 7, 2017 at 1:00pm here at The Barn.
Special guest Dr. Pellom McDaniels III, curator and Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Emory University will speak about his book, “Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy.” He will be available for book signing immediately following his talk.
Artist and gallery owner Elliott Jordan, curator of the exhibit, uses his knowledge to select striking images to present this combination of equine art and culture. Jordan speaks of the uniqueness of the exhibit, “Truth and knowledge enriches our collective consciousness. I feel part of my purpose is to feed a society hungry for awareness of itself.”