Cincinnati Art Club & Wessel Gallery, 1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati, OH 45202 513‑241‑4591

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General information

The Cincinnati Art Club is located at the foot of Mt. Adams at the corner of Martin Drive and Parkside Place adjacent to Eden Park. A neighbor to one of the most popular Cincinnati parks, home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Krohn Conservatory, Eden Park provides the Art Club easy access to a number of city landmarks, scenic overlooks and landscape features perfect for artistic pursuits.

Our address is 1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. You can use the Map/Directions button link provided to get a map and specific driving directions.

For public transportaton, call Cincinnati Metro for ride information at 513-621-4455 or view maps and schedules online at

Now canceled until further notice, the Club initiated Open Studio for all members, opening the Club on the last Monday of each month. Artists were invited to come, paint, draw or just socialize for a relaxed evening of art.

Mondays: l:00 - 4:30 pm
Thursdays: 7:00 - 9:30 pm

The Sketch Group Coordinator's contact information is listed on the Club Management web page, or for your convenience, click to Email.

Dinner meetings are held the third Friday of every month beginning September through May. Members may bring guests to all Dinner meetings except the May meeting which is reserved for the election of officers. There are no Dinner meetings in June, July and August. We must have an accurate head count for all Dinner meetings so reservations are required. The deadline to make a reservation is 4:00 pm on the Wednesday before the Dinner meeting. The cost is payable at the door by check only. Please email your RSVP, click to Email or use the contact information provided on the Club Management web page.

No-shows will be billed unless cancelation is provided prior to the Dinner.

Dinner meeting hours:
6:00 pm Social Time
6:45 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Presentation or Demostration

Is there a "pemanent list" for Dinner reservations?
How do I sign up?

Once a year you can put your name on the list to attend all eight Dinner meetings. If you cannot attend some months, simply call to cancel and you will not be charged. To get on the list, and for your convenience, click to Email.

In the event of severe weather, be sure to call 513-241-4591. An updated message on the Club's answering machine will announce any cancellations. You may also check our Calendar Of Events web page, we will post the information as soon as we know.


General Requirements - All exhibitors are expected to be CAC members in good standing. You must be of the appropriate membership level to qualify for the show being held. All works submitted should have been completed in the last two years and preferably not previously exhibited in a CAC show. Work shown in Signature, Associate, Sketch Group and Critique Shows are eligible for submission to ViewPoint. Due to space limitations, the Exhibition Committee reserves the right to exclude or limit oversized paintings of any exhibitor submitting more than one piece in shows that allow multiple submissions.

Eligibility for Exhibition - Exhibiting members are expected to “gallery sit” shows during the year or provide other services to the Exhibition Committee. We invite you to get involved and contact the Exhibitions Chairperson to help hang shows or facilitate the staff and receptions on exhibit day.

Signature Member Exhibitions - One recent piece per Signature Member, per show. Three shows annually – Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring (May).

Associate Member Exhibitions - Two recent pieces per Associate Member per show. Two shows annually – usually in November and February.

Sketch Group Exhibitions - Three recent pieces per CAC Sketch Group attendee per show. All submissions must be work based on the model and started in a Sketch Group session. One show annually – usually in March.

Critique Group Exhibitions - Three recent pieces per CAC Critique Group attendee per show. All submissions must have been reviewed in a Critique Group session. One show annually – usually in June.

All work is expected to remain until the end of the show. Works that are sold may be picked up by the purchaser at the show closing or arrangements can be made for delivery.

Framing - All paintings must be professionally framed using screw eyes or mirror hangers and wire. No “sawtooth” hangers or rivets attached to cardboard backing will be accepted. Edges of “wrap” canvases must be painted in continuation of the painting's front surface or a solid color. No “WET PAINT” will be accepted.

Entry Form - Each submission must have the two-part CAC Exhibition Entry Form firmly attached to the top back of the work, taped at the top of the form with ONE PIECE of tape only. Please be sure to fill out both sections of the form and that your information is legible. The Committee will remove the bottom section for use in preparing the gallery tags and listing. Include the PRICE or “NFS” (Not For Sale), we do not list POR (Price On Request). These forms are available in the CAC hall stationery cabinet.

Deadline for Drop Off - Paintings must be dropped off at the Art Club during the two Sketch Group periods. They are the Thursday (7:00 - 9:30 pm) and Monday (1:00 - 4:00 pm), 8 days and 4 days prior to the Opening of the Show. The Sketch Group Facilitator will be at the Club during those periods to receive paintings and answer questions. Any paintings dropped off after the deadline will not be eligible for inclusion in the exhibit.

Deadline for Pick Up - Paintings MUST be picked up on the Monday or Thursday Sketch Group sessions following the last day of the exhibition. Please also recognize that the Exhibition Committee may on occasion delay pick up because of a special Club event. If you cannot pick up or deliver your painting, please make arrangements with a fellow artist to do it for you. Storage space is LIMITED, any paintings left past two weeks after the close of show will become the property of the Cincinnati Art Club.

Note - The Exhibition Committee reserves the right to exclude any artwork that does not meet the above guidelines. Our goal is to have the freshest, best examples of our member’s original work and to present to the viewing public the highest degree of professionalism in all of our exhibitions. Any questions regarding exhibitions should be directed to the Exhibition Chairperson.

Drop Off your paintings during Sketch Group hours on the Monday afternoon (l:00 - 4:00 pm) four days before an opening and Thursday evening (7:00 - 9:30 pm) the week before the show opening - NOT the Thursday before the opening! All paintings must be framed and ready to hang. Any painting dropped off after the Monday deadline will not be hung. Submit your best work! Make us proud.

Pick Up your paintings during Sketch Group hours on the Monday or Thursday following the last day of the exhibition. Sketch Group hours are Monday afternoons (1:00 to 4:00 pm) and Thursday evenings (7:00 - 9:30 pm). If you cannot pick up or deliver your painting, please make arrangements with a fellow artist to do it for you. Storage space is limited and we cannot guarantee the safety of paintings.

ViewPoint is held in late summer or early fall each year and is open to all artists who wish to apply. ViewPoint is a National Juried Art Competition and Show. For details and to download the entry form when available, use the ViewPoint link on our website. You can contact ViewPoint, click to Email to request an entry form or to add your name to the mailing list for future ViewPoint shows.


The Calendar Of Events web page only lists activities that take place at our Art Club facilities. The facilities are restricted to member only and Club events. To submit information, click to Email.

Members who are holding a show at the Club may list their information for free but must submit information via email being sure to include details of who, what, where and when. Brief information is required in a cut and paste format. You may also provide a website url if you would like a link to be included. Additionally, you are encouraged to submit information to the Dragonfly Newsletter and to the Website, both also accept jpg images.

Member submissions are welcome and may include member news, artwork, websites, call for entries, exhibit opportunities, links, articles or other items of interest to members. All content should be timely and will be subject to editing for clarity or space.

To submit information to the Website, click to Email
To submit information to the Dragonfly Newsletter, click to Email.

To receive notifications of show openings, news and events of the Art Club, please use the "Sign Up For Email" link on the website to join our email list. You may opt out at anytime. The Club's Treasurer is in charge of the email list.

Constant Contact is the email service we use to provide information to members. Emails sent by Constant Contact are not blocked as spam because Internet Server Providers recognize that everyone has voluntarily signed up to receive the emails; therefore, we request that you please join our email list. To ensure you receive only emails that you have requested, Constant Contact uses security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of data used by their system.

We will never share, sell or rent individual personal information with anyone without your advance permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of contacting you or sending you emails based on your request for information and to contracted service providers for purposes of providing services relating to our communications with you.

Each email sent contains an easy automated way for you to cease receiving email from us or to change your expressed interests. If you wish to do this, simply follow the instructions at the bottom of any email.

What is the Constant Contact policy?
How do I submit information for Constant Contact?

The Cincinnati Art Club is pleased to provide members with email distributions via its Constant Contact subscription. Please be aware that this service is being provided as a courtesy and requires a considerable time commitment from our Publicity Chairperson.

We have no staff to prepare, edit or layout text or images. Your submissions should be email ready and include all necessary contact information. Please double check all dates, times and addresses. Resending for corrections doubles the time taken for this courtesy.

To submit info for Constant Contact, click to Email.

Please respond to all queries resulting from your distributed Constant Contact email promptly as the Club cannot provide secretarial or answering services.

The Cincinnati Art Club makes no representations or warranties with respect to use of Constant Contact. This courtesy is provided on a strictly “as is” basis, without warranty of any kind and hereby expressly disclaims all warranties with regard to any information, material, or graphics distributed through Constant Contacts, including all implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Under no circumstances shall the Cincinnati Art Club be liable under any theory of recovery, at law or in equity, for any damages, including without limitation, special, direct, incidental, consequential or punitive damages (including, but not limited to loss of use or lost profits), arising out of or in any manner connected with the use of information or services, or the failure to provide information or services. Conditions and terms of offering this courtesy are subject to change at any time and without prior notice. It is your responsibility to seek and review the current policy.

Dragonfly is our monthly newsletter to members. The months of June, July and August are published as a Summer edition. The Dragonfly submission deadline date is the 10th of each month prior to the month of publication. Please submit information by email only. Three weeks lead time is required for editing and design so information must be submitted by the tenth of the month to appear in the following month's newletter, i.e., items submitted by March 10 will appear in the April issue.

A full newsletter will be sent to all members via email and Dragonfly can be viewed or downloaded online via the website. In an effort to reduced costs, the Dragonfly is only mailed to members who do not have an email address on file with the Art Club or by request. Please submit requests, mailing address or any email changes, click to Email.

For submission specifications, please refer to the next question.

We strive to make it easy for you to promote your work so please make it easy for us to post your information. Submit digital files only, we do not accept hard copies. Information submitted should include title or headline and concise copy in a cut and paste ready format. Incomplete, inaccurate and out-of-date information will not be posted. Please send complete information including who, what, where, when, address of venue, hours, etc., and don't forget to include your own url website link.

For the Website, please submit jpgs saved at 72 dpi resolution and a 1,000 pixel maximum width or length. To submit information for the Website, click to Email. Please note that information posted on the Website is not part of the permanent record of the Art Club.

For Dragonfly, a higher resolution, 300 dpi and larger image sizes are required due to printing requirements. To submit information for Dragonfly, click to Email. Three weeks lead time is required. The monthly hard copy version of the Dragonfly Newsletter becomes the permanent record of the Art Club.

We encourage your active participation and social responsibility when posting and welcome your posts and comments anytime. The Art Club's Facebook page direct link is provided on our website. Information can be posted by the Club or we invite you to "follow us", become a "fan", "like" or "share" us on Facebook. To submit information, click to Email. Additionally, you can submit to an upcoming issue of Dragonfly or to the Member News web page on our website, please specify, click to Email.


To become a Member, simply email your name, address, phone number and referral member's name if applicable to our Membership Chairperson, click to Email. The Chairperson will respond sending you an application as well as explain the process to you including arrangements for you to attend a Dinner meeting or Sketch Group session before making a final decision to join. Becoming an Associate member is the starting point for all new members and will require submission of an application, payment of the annual dues and awaiting approval by the Board of Trustees.

To become a Signature Member, applicable to Associate members only, you must submit a completed application, pay the annual dues or pay the difference in annual dues and submit five framed paintings to the anonymous Review Committee which meets three times a year. Review dates and additional details are listed on the Signature Status Review page on our website.

Membership includes two sessions of life drawing/live models per week, monthly dinner meetings with a lecture or demonstration program, exhibit opportunites, two critique sessions per month plus workshops, and importantly, the opportunity to meet great artists and together share artistic pursuits. More extensive and additional details can be found throughout our website. To become a member, please contact our Membership Chairperson as detailed in the previous question and answer.

Anyone from patrons to beginners to professionals may be Associate members. It is the beginning status of membership in the Cincinnati Art Club and Associate members are guaranteed at least one show per year to exhibit artwork.

Signature members must have submitted five framed works of art to an anonymous Review Committee and have met the standards for status promotion. The Review Committee only considers applicants three times a year, usually the first Saturday before Board Meetings in January, May and October but dates may vary. Signature Members are entitled to three shows per year to exhibit artwork.

What standards are the Signature Status Review Committee looking for?

Details are listed on the Signature Status Review web page.

Membership Dues are payable on May 1 of each year regardless of when membership began. All unpaid memberships will be removed from the roster by July 1st. To pay dues or to change or update your membership information including address, email, phone and website, please complete the Roster and Dues Form, print and mail or submit information to the Membership Chairperson, click to Email.

Docents agree to sit during an exhibition usually for three hours or one day unless otherwise agreed to. Docents must secure their own substitutes if they cannot keep their commitment to sit a show. A master Docent list is available from the Exhibition Chairperson. Please email the Exhibition Chairperson, click to Email to volunteer or request a Docent list. All members who exhibit in a show are expected to sit at least one show. Please make this job easier and call to volunteer.

Our Membership Chairperson can make arrangements for guests to attend a Dinner meeting or Sketch Group before making their decision to become a member. Reservations must be made and guests must pay the cost of dinner which includes the program for that evening. There is no charge to attend Sketch Group. You may attend three times as a guest of a member, after that, we ask that you join the Club. The May Dinner meeting is closed to guests due to the Board's annual meeting for members. Contact the Membership Chairperson, click to Email.

Special Events

An annual tradition of visiting Duveneck's grave site is held each Memorial Day, the last Monday of May. It is a fitting memorial to one of our most outstanding early members and includes a brief ceremonial reading of previous tributes by Club members, past and present. We invite participation and welcome any member wanting to attend this annual visitation and eulogy.

We meet at Mother of God Cemetery in Covington at 10:00 am. The Memorial Service usually lasts no longer than 30 minutes.

Directions from Cincinnati: Take I-471 South to I-275 West towards the airport, Exit 80 to Left on Route 17/Madison Pike to Covington, Go 1.7 miles to Right into Mother of God Cemetery opposite Jackson Florist, Enter first available entrance to Right at first intersection, Proceed past the Cemetery administration building. You will arrive at a circle with a large sculpted Crucifix in the center. Duveneck's grave is to the right marked by a large red marble stone.

duveneck tomb fay tomb

Left: Duveneck Memorial at Mother of God Cemetery, Covington, KY (1849-1919)

Right: This statue is in the circle to the left of Duveneck's grave site. Bill Fay, a student of Duveneck posed for the Christ at the age of nineteen. Bill Fay was born in West Africa in 1893 with missionary parents. He came back to the USA in 1900 for an American education. After Marietta College, he came to the Art Academy and studied under Duveneck, Wessel and Meakin. He died in 1979. Crucifix by Clement Barnhorn.

Any Signature Member interested in having a space is eligible. It is a first come, first serve basis and spaces will be assigned based on a lottery type drawing.

Only Signature Members may participate. There are 25 spaces, 4 ft. wide x 8 ft. high. Spaces may not be shared. The Fee is $30.00 per space plus the Club takes a 20% commission. The fee is non-refundable and will be used for advertising the event.

Artists are expected to be present some of the time as shoppers typically enjoy meeting the artists. A wait list is maintained by Kate Spak and she may be contacted at 513-310-3000 or click to Email.

The Holiday Sale is open to the public and provides a wonderful opportunity for people to find the perfect, unique, one-of-a-kind gift of original art at an extremely reasonable price. Bringing friends to the Holiday Sale is encouraged.