Art Space Is Your Space


The Wave Pool Art Space Is Your Space Program awards sponsored residencies to local, national, and international artists interested in engaging Cincinnati with their artistic practice. Residencies of 2-6 weeks include flexible live/work studio space, a month long exhibition in our gallery (when appropriate), opportunities for artistic community engagement and programming, and a $1500 stipend for the project as well as living/travel expenses. Residents become part of the dynamic artistic community of Cincinnati, Ohio and are asked to engage the community in at least one public workshop, program, or performance during their stay.

Successful proposals are projects that collaborate with the community, utilizing a social practice methodology that makes the place and the people who are here integral to the project. Projects are to be artist developed and in line with their work. The program emphasizes two-way engagement, offering exceptional arts experiences to Wave Pool’s local community as well as unique benefits and exhibition opportunities to the artists in residence.


2018 Residents Announced: 

The artists were selected from a pool of applicants who responded to the open call in Fall 2017. Applications were reviewed by the Creative Review Committee, a jury consisting of local arts professionals and community members Mark deJong, Liz Knodle, Steven Matijcio, Maria Seda-Reeder, Sara Vance Waddell, Joe Gorman, Cal Cullen, and Skip Cullen.


In May 2018 Wave Pool will be welcoming Detroit-based artist Chelsea Flowers, whose practice explores subversion to popular culture and how “otherness” is created, and social and cultural critique of her environment. She explores these ideas through comedic troupes, physical play, nostalgic memorabilia, and participatory performance. During her time in Cincinnati she will seek to answer the question, “Can we build communities through Play?” She has created a game that tests social, cultural, and emotional knowledge. By questioning “Did O.J. do it?” “What day did Beyonce turn Black?” “Can you walk like an Egyptian?” the game also wants to know if you can “list seven young men and/or women who were murdered by police in the past four years” As Flowers’ states, “A Player will be challenged in various means. The game will ask them to be okay with not knowing an answer, and to feel even more comfortable with knowing how to ask for the answer. That’s the functionality of a community. We create our own communities based on what we share and how we care for one another. Participants will be able to show their care through play (verbal discussion), dance (intellectual conversation with one’s body) and investigation (openness to learning).”

 Image credit: Chelsea Flowers

Image credit: Chelsea Flowers

 Image credit: SV Randall and Kim Craig

Image credit: SV Randall and Kim Craig

New Mexico-based artist SV Randall and visual anthropologist Kim Craig will be Wave Pool’s June artists in residence. The collaborative team will be collecting discarded and donated objects in order to host a “Neighborhood Archaeology Exchange” in the gallery. Taking on the aesthetics of a yard sale, the objects will be instead exchanged free of monetary currency (an object traded for an object). Each object will be tagged with a detailed history of the sentimental value and personal history of how the object was acquired. “As a collaborative team, we are interested in the interpersonal intersection between archaeology, art, museology, and commerce. We are interested in how objects accumulate meaning and how such meanings shift over time.” Randall is currently a professor in the MFA program at NMSU and the BFA program at UTEP. Craig is attending graduate school in the fall for Visual Anthropology.


To Apply: 

The annual open call period for the 2018 program is now closed. Please check back in Fall 2018 for information on applying for the 2019 residency.

If you are interested in applying for a more traditional artist-funded residency program or have any questions, please contact us for more information.


Past Art Space Is Your Space Residents:


The 2018 Art Space is Your Space Residency Program is supported by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation as well as by the Wave Pool Membership Program and individual contributions.