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:

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 Discussionmoderated 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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Upcoming Exhibitions:

Invisible Labor
November 17 - January 5
When done well, the labor done by art preparatory crews (frequently made up of teams of working artists,) is invisible. For this show, Wave Pool is teaming up with local art handlers and preparatory crews from area art institutions to put on an exhibition that aims to make visible the labor and practice of building, installing and creating art exhibitions. Exhibition installation succeeds when it is invisible and seemingly effortless, yet those who do this kind of preparatory work are often artists themselves. By highlighting the invisible labor of those working the back of the house in our area arts organizations, we are underlining the efforts of those whose work is often left out of the artistic canon.

 Invisible Labor is supported by an ArtSTART award from the Ohio Arts Council

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

Supported by Carl and Elizabeth Solway

Tania El Khoury: As Far As My Fingertips Take Me
April 10 - April 13

Supported by The Contemporary Arts Center

Temple Misto “Warm Nights” Placed Based Arts Festival in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
June 1 - 17

Supported by a US Embassy Small Project Public Diplomacy Grant


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.