Wave Pool is a dynamic place where art intersects with community.



Current Exhibition:

Social Medium: Photography as a tool for Community collaboration

September 15 - November 10

Wave Pool is proud to present the group exhibition Social Medium, opening September 15th 7-10pm. Curated by Wave Pool Executive Director, Calcagno Cullen, Social Medium is a participating exhibition in the Fotofocus Biennial 2018.

Artists have a long history of making socially engaged work, acting as instigators for community redevelopment, and for being able to build communication and collaboration within communities through creative means. Social Medium exhibits these community-led archives—with photography in particular used to frame the subject and narratives of these neighborhood stories, yet never forgetting that there is a fine line between celebrating marginalized populations and exploiting them. To find the balance between using a camera to tell a story vs. creating one, then, there has been a surge of photographic experiments that blur the lines between photographer and subject, artist and community. This exhibition will display the results of several of these collaborative approaches to photography, as well as see a community-based shared photography project to fruition with our own community.

As part of the exhibition, Wave Pool will be hosting Picture People: Collaborative Tactics in Photography Workshop with Eliza Gregory and Gemma Rose-Turnbull September 22, 2-5pm and a Panel Discussion moderated by Curator Calcagno Cullen October 14, 2-3:30pm

Featured Artists include Eliza Gregory, Gemma-Rose Turnbull, Rebecca Hackemann, Mark Strandquist, Jason Lazarus, Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayete Ross Smith, Kamal Sinclair, Natalie Mancino and Jacqueline Wood

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Featured social practice Project:

War Gastronomy

Co-presented by the Contemporary Arts Center and Wave Pool, the Collective Action Studio will be infiltrating the CAC’s lobby with recipes and stories of Cincinnati’s refugee women from September 5th – 22nd.

The Collective Action Studio (CAS) is a community arts organization who creatively perform their philosophy that art is “a form of community building and nonviolent civil action.” Co-founded by Justin Hoover and Chris Treggiari, the CAS produce artwork, curate exhibitions, and develop educational projects that advance their goals to spread social justice and bring diverse people together through participatory activity. 

In Cincinnati they will orchestrate the latest iteration of “War Gastronomy,” a mobile storytelling archive that has been previously disguised as a humble food cart. The currency in this network is a personal story of relocation – from cultural and geographical to emotional and psychological – told in the form of a culinary recipe. In exchange for a story, CAS prepares a selection of these recipes and share the ensuing dish with a variety of others as they recount the respective stories. In so doing, a collection of oral histories becomes a collective platform to see, hear, taste and smell a global menu of cultures in flux. For this project, CAS will work alongside an industrious group of refugee women from around the world who make up The Welcome Project – translating the skills and experiences of their constituents into entrepreneurial start-ups.

The timing of this project coincides with The Welcome Project’s pitch night as an Impact 100 finalist on September 13th. If awarded an Impact 100 grant, The Welcome Project will be able to renovate and refurbish a storefront in Camp Washington into a teaching kitchen and marketplace so the women of The Welcome Project can cook and share their stories with Cincinnati on an ongoing basis.

Support for this project is provided by Puffin West Ltd. and the Contemporary Arts Center


  Image credit:  Collective Action Studio, War Gastronomy

Image credit:  Collective Action Studio, War Gastronomy

Opening Reception, Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 6-8 PM Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E 6th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

More information on the Collective Action Studio at https://collectiveactionstudio.com/

More information on The Welcome Project at http://www.welcomecincinnati.org/

Calling Artists and Curators! 

Applications for 2019 Art Space Is Your Space Artist in Residency Program and the 2019 Curatorial Residency Program are now open. Read more about the programs and how to apply via the buttons below. We look forward to seeing your applications!