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.

 
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OUR STORY

Wave Pool was started by artist husband and wife team Calcagno and Geoffrey ‘Skip’ Cullen 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.

By pairing communities knowledge of their needs with artists’ sense of possibility we aim to create a society where contemporary art and artists are valued and integrated fully into the fabric and success of our neighborhood, our city, and beyond. We are creating a platform, a way for artists to play an integral role in our city.

Wave Pool is an art gallery, studios, artist residency program, and community space. We are best known for initiating and supporting artist driven creative place-making projects and exhibiting work that stretches beyond our gallery walls through interactive projects that proactively help our neighbors. Our programs include art classes, workshops, lectures, filmscreenings, yoga classes, art critique nights, open studios, figure drawing sessions, exhibition openings, book clubs, andperformances here at Wave Pool and in the community.

In 2018 we saw over 16,000 people attending our exhibitions and programs both onsite as well as throughout our city (triple the attendance from the year before), presented 110 classes and programs, mounted 13 exhibitions both onsite and at satellite spaces, hosted 9 artists to live and work at Wave Pool, had 3 funded socially engaged artists in residence, and paid 86 artists. 2019 promises to be just as full and exciting. .

 

Our Board of Directors has recently given Wave Pool the tagline ‘community driven, artist led’. We can’t think of a more exciting way to frame our 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 2018-19 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:

Matt Anthony, Valerie Allen, Rich Bitting, Lee Bower, Nina Caporale, Amanda Checco, Brendan Chisam, Mark deJong, Linda Einfalt, Mel Fickenscher, Duffy Garber, Tyler Griese, Lacey Haslam, Jaclin Hastings, Michelle Henderson, Will Hopkins, John Humphries, Angela Jones, Elizabeth Kauffman, Venus Kent, Rich Kiley, Zach Larabee, Noelle Landis, Anissa Lewis, Michael Mann, Steven Matijcio, Stephanie Melendez, Emri Mor, Danielle Mor, Mary Jo Minerich, Hannah Purnell, Maxwell Redder, Jason Reibold, MaryClare Reitz, Morgan Rigaud, Ed Rigaud, Jennifer Shaifer, William Schnure, Murray Sinclaire, Suki Skidmore, John Spencer, Claire Talbot, Mayden Tayar, Sarah Thomas, Jaime Thompson, Rodney Thompson, Kara Twachtman, Sara Vance Waddell, Nikki Volpenhein, Ben Zelinskas