Welcome Editions are limited edition art objects designed by nationally recognized artists and fabricated at least in part 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.
Welcome Editions 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 Welcome Editions feed back into the growth of the Welcome Project, a collaboration between the non-profit organizations Wave Pool and Heartfelt Tidbits. The editions are available for purchase through Wave Pool’s online shop, as well as at physical locales including Wave Pool, The Welcome Project, 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, and the Contemporary Arts Center Gift Shop.
photo credit for Sea Beings Capes and Blankets: Natalie Mancino
photo credit for Welcome Cups: Levi Mandel
photo credit for Gun Flutes: Calcagno Cullen
Welcome Edition #1: 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 is an edition of 75 woodblock printed denim capes and blankets 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 were also be produced.
Welcome Edition #2: Caroline Woolard
Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer whose work explores intersections between art and the solidarity economy. Resulting from a multi-faceted project by New York City-based artist Caroline Woolard entitled Listen, an edition of Welcome Project Cups were produced. This limited edition of functional ceramic cups was designed over the course of a year in dialog with Zoila Martinez, Lourdes Martinez, NarMaya Rai, Bibi Rai, Binta Rai, Sarmila Rai, Purni Rai, Mariam Al-Zoubi, Fabiola Rodriguez, Krishna Ghimire, Angele Mputu.
A collector’s box holding four cups with a signed certificate of authenticity are available for $250. The cups have two sides. When turned over, the underside of the cup becomes a vessel for a flower, a candle, or a water-clock. These ceramics continue Caroline Woolard’s study of functional objects for contemplation and collaboration.
Welcome Edition #3: Pedro Reyes
A continuation in his practice of creating second generation instruments from dismantled guns, this series of flutes made from gun barrels is an edition of 17, specifically in response to the Parkland, Florida school shooting to honor the victims. Born in Mexico City, Reyes is known for transforming existing problems into ideas for a better world. This series of flutes debuted at the March For Our Lives in Cincinnati on March 24th, 2018. A portion of the proceeds go to a Gun Control Organization. These flutes have been featured in the November 2018 Sculpture Magazine, performed at the 2018 ReUse Conference, and were a spotlight story in Cincinnati Magazine.
The Welcome Editions program is funded by a grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.