archived exhibitions


The River and the Thread:

Fiber and Woven Forms from the Ohio Valley

Sandra Palmer Ciolino, Judy Dominic, Frauke Palmer, 

McCrystle Wood, Melissa Lusk

January 7th - March 13th, 2022
Indian Hill Gallery

The River and the Thread: Fiber and Woven Forms from the Ohio Valley is inspired by a Rosanne Cash album, while also defining the geographical area the artists in this exhibition are living and working in. The connections between a river and thread are compelling. They both weave through material, time, terrain and the human condition.  Our own Ohio River simultaneously passes - and connects - a disparate terrain and disparate people like the threads in these extraordinary works.


This exhibition features the work of five artists in the Ohio Valley whose practices are as diverse as their materials. We can marvel at how material and thread come together and how fluid actions done by the artists can create a striking synergy, like the harmony in a flowing river. ​

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Means the Most
Michael Agricola and Michelle Whitmer 
October 22nd - November 28th, 2021
Indian Hill Gallery


Indian Hill Gallery's fall exhibition, Means the Most pairs two local artists, Michael Agricola and Michelle Whitmer, and a selection of candid paintings inspired from their environments and everyday life. The viewer can peer into the moments, scenes, and spaces, that the artists’ draw from and spend time in. These moments are explored with bold uses of color and mark making, the history and layers of investigation made visible on the surface.  


Michael distorts and transforms the space and its occupants, relying on memory, where the specifics are gradually lost as he leaves the viewer with his recollection of the scene. Michael’s paintings are a place where he floats between the imagined and observable world. 


Growing up and living in Ohio, Michelle notices the potential in places and objects not typically considered “beautiful". Michelle finds the mundane alluring and discovers complexity in lackluster places, using the personality of paint as a true companion to explore imagery of contemporary American life.


Both artists use evocative shapes and a sense of movement, to create a visual diary- a collection of intimate moments reflecting their own personal worlds. 


Michael Agricola studied fine arts at the University of Cincinnati School of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning (DAAP) and graduated in 1996 with a  BFA in Drawing. During his time at DAAP, he received a study abroad scholarship to the Glasgow School of Art. Since graduating, Agricola has been working in the arts and creative fields. Making art is a vocation that he has remained devoted to.


Michelle Whitmer grew up in Northwest Ohio, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Bowling Green State University. During her time at Bowling Green, she studied at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. Her work was recently published in the New American Painting periodical. Michelle has relocated to Cincinnati where she uses her new surroundings as a focus in her work. 

DAAPmade 2: The Exhibition

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An exhibition of submissions from Alumni, Faculty, Faculty Emeriti, and current graduate students of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. 
DAAPmade 2: The Exhibition 
September 3 - October 2, 2021
Indian Hill Gallery

Vivid Prints: 

Kevin Harris and Saad Ghosn
June 18th - August 8th 

Opening Reception held June 18th, 6-9 PM

Vivid Prints pairs a selection of Kevin Harris’s prints with a selection of Saad Ghosn’s woodcuts in an exhibition that gives us a glimpse into the observations and artistic practices of these two educators and world travelers. Through the bold nature of their work and methodologies— enables us to reflect on their images and scenes, and benefit from their perspectives. Saad’s woodcut prints utilize direct, stark and simplified imagery to convey his message. While Kevin employs a wide range of media and uses both traditional methods and contemporary technology to create his work. 


Kevin Harris explores a variety of themes in his work and views printmaking as the foundation of his practice. In the selection of work on view at the Indian Hill Gallery, we can track his footsteps, explored through varied printmaking techniques. Kevin teaches at Sinclair Community College where he has led courses in Drawing, Printmaking, and Digital Media since 2000. His work is included in the collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum and in many corporate and private collections. 


Saad Ghosn finds art to be potent and motivating. He believes art can inform and challenge, and lead the viewer into thinking and into action. Saad is a native of Lebanon and has been living in Cincinnati since 1985. A retired medical professional and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, he is a curator, and the founder of ‘SOS (Save our Souls) ART,’ an organization that promotes the use of art as a vehicle for change, through which he focuses on empowering artists

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