Our Story

Wave Pool is an a contemporary art fulfillment center located in Camp Washington at 2940 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45225. Our gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 12–5pm.

 
 

OUR MISSION


Wave Pool is a dynamic place where art intersects with community. We act as a catalyst for social engagement and cultivate artistic development.

 

OUR VISION

We started Wave Pool as a way to connect artists to each other and to others, allowing for a team-driven approach to regional arts development and elevating a neighborhood through experimental arts integration in real and meaningful ways. We found that what makes for a healthy arts community makes for a healthy community on a much more broad scale. We can provide art exhibition opportunities, critiques, studios, but we can’t stop there. Doing these things made us realize the larger inequities and issues in our neighborhood. The surrounding buildings will still be vacant, our neighbors will still lack fresh food access, and we will still not be connected to our neighbors if we only focused on hanging paintings on a wall. Luckily, there are ways for art to play a role in all of these things and more, and often it is simply seeing the resources available and connecting people and places to these resources and each other in creative ways. 

In 2017 we produced 19 exhibitions (in the gallery and off-site), hosted 9 artists for exhibitions, residencies, and programs, and have impacted over 6,000 people through exhibitions, performances, and educational programs. Wave Pool has facilitated over 270 programs since opening in 2015. These include art classes, workshops, lectures, film screenings, yoga classes, art critique nights, open studios, figure drawing sessions, exhibition openings, book clubs, and performances here at Wave Pool and in the community.

 

Our Board of Directors has recently given Wave Pool the tagline ‘artists reframing community’. We can’t think of a more exciting way to frame a new space. We ‘lead from behind’ – allowing the neighborhood and artists to tell us what needs to happen. We are creating a platform, a way for artists to play an integral role in our city. Named the ‘Best Art Gallery to Really Understand the Importance of Community Engagement’ by CityBeat, our small organization is stretching our time and dollar to facilitate as many artist-directed projects, exhibitions, and community programs as possible. We are growing quickly and making a name for Cincinnati as a place where art happens. We are proud of what we've accomplished and ready to do more.

Wave Pool is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and receives support from foundations, sponsors, and individuals. Please consider giving to Wave Pool this year. Your generosity makes each facet of Wave Pool’s programming possible.

Wave Pool is located in an old firehouse in Camp Washington, Cincinnati. Our space consists of a gallery, artist studios, a woodshop, and the educational makerspace and boutique at The Welcome Project. We also host one artist in residence at a time through our artist in residence fellowship program. If you would like to host a performance, class, or event in our space, or are interested in volunteering or partnering with us in someway, please contact us at wavepoolgallery@gmail.com – we’d love to hear from you!

 

GRANT AND SPONSORSHIP SUPPORT

Wave Pool is grateful to the funders listed below who contribute to our 2017-18 programs, exhibitions, and operations. Without their support it would not be possible to fulfill our mission to be a catalyst for social engagement and cultivate artistic development. 

MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT

We also would like to thank our members. Without you Wave Pool would not be the place where art intersects with community. Thank you to:

Valerie Allen, Rich Bitting, Stephanie Burkhart, Kelly Carr, Amanda Checco, Brendan Chisam, Mark deJong, Linda Einfalt, Mel Fickenscher, Katie Fiebig, Duffy Garber, Joseph Gorman, Mark Harris, Jaclin Hastings, Michelle Henderson, Tim Kilbane, Elizabeth Knodle, Zach Larabee, Noelle Landis, Anissa Lewis, Michael Mann, Didem Mert, Mary Jo Minerich, Emri Mor, Danielle Mor, Will Ogdan, Tim Reeder, Jason Reibold, Michael Reuter, Linda Schwartz, Maria Seda Reeder, Jennifer Shaifer, Claire Talbot, Mayden Tayar, Sarah Thomas, Jaime Thompson, Rodney Thompson, Shawnee Turner, Nikki Volpenhein, Sara Vance Waddell, Margy Waller, Margaret Weiner, Leslie and Rick Wolf, Derick Woodam, Craig Clements and Tracey Featherstone,