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

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

For Another Maggie ASYS: Maggie Lawson
April - May

Uncanny Valley Curatorial Resident: David Corns
June 15 - July 27

Temple Misto “Warm Nights” Placed Based Arts Festival in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
July 11 - 14

Supported by a US Embassy Small Project Public Diplomacy Grant

What is the Harm in a Reach? ASYS: Abigail Smithson
July - August


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.