left: photo by Andrew McKinley, Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson, 2017, right:drawing by Johanna Jackson, Draft Sketches for Welcome Editions, 2017

left: photo by Andrew McKinley, Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson, 2017, right:drawing by Johanna Jackson, Draft Sketches for Welcome Editions, 2017

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The Welcome Project is pleased to present its first iteration of Welcome Editions, with a release part on December 2nd, 2017 from 6-9pm at Wave Pool. Welcome Editions (WE) are limited edition art objects designed by nationally recognized artists and fabricated by the refugee and immigrant women of the Welcome Project. Often functional, affordable and always collectible, the editions appeal both to collectors of contemporary art and those seeking to support refugees.

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WE brings much needed employment and empowerment to local refugee and immigrant women and equally, it presents an opportunity to feature work by nationally regarded artists that is exclusive to Cincinnati. Each edition is artist-designed and then fabricated, in most instances, by the immigrant and refugee women. The level of artist involvement with the fabrication varies, but all final pieces are artist approved and signed.

All profits from WE feed back into the growth of the Welcome Project, a collaboration between the non-profit organizations Wave Pool and Heartfelt Tidbits. Linda Schwartz, with Alternate Projects, is the Creative Director of WE. The editions will be available for purchase through Wave Pool’s, Welcome Project’s and Alternate Projects’ on-line shops, as well as at Wave Pool’s and Welcome Project’s  physical locales beginning December 2nd.   

The first Welcome Edition is a collaborative design by Portland and LA-based artists Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson. Johanson and Jackson emerged from the late 90s San Francisco-based skater/surf/graffiti scene, known to many as the Mission School, with portfolios of charged, figurative drawings and immersive three-dimensional environments. As a husband and wife team, the two collaborate often on projects. Their Welcome Edition will be an edition of 75 woodblock printed denim capes with a sliding scale of special artist details and price ranges from $250 - $1000. As a one-off from the edition, a series of 50 prints on paper incorporating the same woodblock print as the capes will be made and will sell for $100.  

The Welcome Editions program is funded by a grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.