Wave Pool's main gallery space is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12-5pm. There are also often corresponding exhibitions in our Locker Room Gallery.


Current Exhibition:

Invisible Labor

November 17-January 12

Wave Pool Gallery is proud to present ‘Invisible Labor,’ an exhibition that investigates and celebrates the work of local art preparatory crews, curated by Maria Seda-Reeder. Opening reception November 17, 6-9pm.

Art made by artists and placed within the hallowed halls of museums and galleries are often bolstered both physically and metaphorically by the work of those whose job requires them to go unseen and unacknowledged. When done well exhibition installation is invisible and seemingly effortless, yet those who do this kind of preparatory work are often artists themselves.

For this show, Wave Pool proposed the chance for local art handlers and preparatory crews from six area arts institutions to put on an exhibition that aims to make visible the labor and practice of building, installing, and creating art exhibitions. Crews from The Carnegie Performing Arts Center, The Cincinnati Art Museum, The Contemporary Arts Center, Taft Museum, 21c Museum/Hotel and The Weston Art Gallery are showcasing the efforts of their installation crews and fabricators, whose own artistically driven processes allow the work of more well-known artists to live inside the white cube. By highlighting the invisible labor of those working the back of the house in our area arts organizations, we seek to underscore the efforts of those whose work is often left out of the artistic canon.

With every exhibition at Wave Pool, we aim to look beyond the ephemeral fluctuations of the art market and use our space on behalf of those who are doing the ongoing, daily work of bringing art to the masses. This exhibition showcases the effort and care happening behind the scenes at the biggest and best arts organizations that our region has to offer. These professionals rarely, if ever, get their names on gallery walls or other visible signs of recognition for their work. Yet without their own artistic practices, expertise, and skill sets, the inner-workings of Cincinnati’s visual art scene would cease to exist.

Funding for this exhibition was provided through an ArtSTART award from the Ohio Arts Council

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Accompanying the exhibition is a 2019 ‘Art Preparators of Cincinnati’ wall calendar, this calendar showcases all of your favorite art handlers, wall spacklers, and pedestal builders. Amazing photos by Natalie Jenkins. Purchase your own here


Upcoming Exhibitions:

Funniest Joke in Cincinnati ASYS: Sophie Lindsey
January 26 - February 23
Wave Pool will be welcoming UK-based social practice artist, Sophie Lindsey for an Art Space is Your Space Residency. During her time in Cincinnati she will be bringing together a range of voices and perspectives across the different communities through a portable Joke Booth. FUNNIEST JOKE IN CINCINNATI is a project that seeks to explore the identity of Cincinnati through the jokes told within it. By mapping these differences she aims to build up an image of Camp Washington, in all its complexities. Taking place alongside a growing map in the gallery space, which will be open to the public with scheduled drop in events, allowing people to see the progress and continue to share jokes.

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 individual contributions.

Start Over Tomorrow While There’s Still Time
March 2 - April 6
An exhibition of illustrators from around the country who find humor through ink on paper as a way to better cope with the world today. Including artists Nathaniel Russel, Kyle Knobel, Karen Boyhen and others, this survey of the current state of quirky and idiosyncratic drawing trends allows us to step back and observe ourselves and the everyday with better clarity, a little irony, and a sense of humor.

Supported by Carl and Elizabeth Solway

Tania El Khoury: As Far As My Fingertips Take Me
April 10 - April 13
Part of the CAC’s 2018 Performance Festival, As Far As My Fingertips Take Me is a conversation through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee. Through touch and sound, we share stories of people who have recently challenged border discrimination. The stories can be kept or washed away. Each encounter with one audience member takes about 10 to 15 minutes. The piece was created by Tania El Khoury responding to an invitation by Royal Court Theatre and LIFT to reflect on the idea of migration and refuge. Tania decided to invite a friend to talk about his own experience being born as a Palestinian refugee in Syria. The piece is meant as a “conversation” between a refugee and an audience member through a wall. Like most residents of the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in Syria, Basel's family has been made refugees again. Tania commissioned Basel who is a musician and a street artist to record a song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden. The audience will listen through headphones to a rap song written and performed by Basel while he paints on their arm.

Supported by The Contemporary Arts Center

For Another Maggie ASYS: Maggie Lawson
April - May
Oakland based artist Maggie Lawson will be exploring the emancipatory practices of intersectional activist and founder of the Grey Panthers, Maggie Khun, through a series of site-specific installations and performances entitled, For Another Maggie. The project has been ideated and will be orchestrated by artist Maggie Lawson in collaboration with her parents Jerry and Peggy Lawson and with other inspiring older people from Cincinnati’s aging community.

The 2019 Art Space is Your Space Residency Program is supported by Carrington Broeman and Camp Washington Community Board.

Uncanny Valley Curatorial Resident: David Corns
June 15 - July 27
Local architect and curator David Corns will curate an exhibition entitled, The Uncanny Valley, referencing the phenomenon whereby a computer-generated figure or humanoid robot bearing a near-identical resemblance to a human being arouses a sense of unease or revulsion in the person viewing it. Corns’ exhibition proposes that this experience of the uncanny valley can be appropriated from AI and robotics to the ordinary everyday. This feeling of uneasiness is experienced not just visually but through the other senses as well. Like the surrealists painters of the past, or a contemporary example of David Lynch, how can artists use the effect of uncanniness to address issues of everyday life--whether it be social, political or economic, to get to a deeper truth?

The 2019 Curatorial Residency is supported by individual and member contributions.

Temple Misto “Warm Nights” Placed Based Arts Festival in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
July 11 - 14
“Warm Nights” will be one week of hands-on, placed based art experiences and educational opportunities designed to engage the Ivano-Frankivsk community in a communal art practice. The festival will consist of 3-4 community art activities and 3-4 educational events/public conversations, culminating in a one-night, all-ages art event on the grounds of an empty industrial space, featuring the work of young Ukrainian artists and musicians (Alina Bukina, Animation Studio, and the Cancel x Band). “Warm Nights” addresses our city’s need to build community through creative events and placemaking.

Supported by a US Embassy Small Project Public Diplomacy Grant

What is the Harm in a Reach? ASYS: Abigail Smithson
July - August
Tucson based artist Abigail Smithson will collaborate on an art installation entitled, What is the Harm in a Reach?, with the basketball teams from a local STEM High School . She will ask the students to draw their own versions of "reaching", "extending", "a shot" and "passing", as examples of movements made in basketball; with the final iteration of the drawings in cyanotype print form. The goal of this work is an attempt to bridge a gap and allow for sports and art to coexist in a shared space.

The 2019 Art Space is Your Space Residency Program is supported by Carrington Broeman and Camp Washington Community Board.


Past Exhibitions:


The Curatorial Residency Program is supported by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign as well as through an ArtSTART award from the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2018 Art Space Is Your Space Artist in Residency program is funded by a grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.