New for 2017 "A Place to Call Home" Art Exhibit



The art application is now closed! Thanks to all that applied.
We will be announcing the finalists soon...

People Working Cooperatively is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its first ever juried art exhibit "A Place to Call Home" at PWC’s 2017 ToolBelt Ball Gala. Thirteen local artists were commissioned to create art from doors, symbolizing what home means to them. These doors will be auctioned off at the event will all proceeds benefiting PWC's Modifications for Mobility Program.

"A Place to Call Home" Project Intent

Since 1998, PWC held its annual gala, Hometown Hollywood, on Oscar® Sunday.  Hometown Hollywood was the only Oscar® sanctioned event by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Cincinnati.  During those 19 years, PWC hosted over 7,000 guests at the event and raise more than $1.9 million for low-income homeowners in our community.  This year, at our final Hometown Hollywood event, PWC had 500 attendees and netted a record-setting $160,000.

The goal now is to re-energize the event for 2017 with a new name, theme, and format to better reflect the overall mission of PWC. We have started by moving the Gala to a new venue on a new night - Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Jack’s Cincinnati formally known as Horseshoe Casino.  

PWC’s ToolBelt Ball’s mission is to spread awareness of who People Working Cooperatively is and to directly raise funds for PWC’s Modification for Mobility Program, a program that allows individuals in the tristate to remain safe in their homes. Serena, featured in the video above, was just one of many clients that PWC has been able to serve because of our gala. This art installation will reinforce the idea and theme of home to our event guests and open up the discussion of what makes a “home”. These doors will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to our Modifications for Mobility Program.

Meet the Artists

Susan Beresford - Susan is a bedding designer for the New York based textile company, Elite Home Products. She received her Masters of Fine Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her bedding designs can be seen in major retail stores across the US and her fine artwork has been displayed at various gallery shows throughout Cincinnati.

Lady Blue Eyes - Lady Blue Eyes is an experienced photographer resurfacing under a new name after a 5-year hiatus. Her works are exclusively captured using instant film. Text is also an important part of Lady’s practice using a 1946 typewriter to document her life and experiences.

Jan Checco - Jan is a master artist and arts administrator who creates commissioned works and designs and leads community-based projects that engage professionals and novices alike.

Jim Conroy - Local artist from Fairfield, Ohio.

June Daley -  June, who resides in Cincinnati, is a graphic designer and painter. She has had her work displayed in an assortment of gallery exhibits and has had original sculptures selected for Red Bull’s national art competition, Art of Can, in both Chicago and Houston.

Breanne & Mike Daly - Father/ daughter duo from Cincinnati, OH. Mike is a commercial artist and woodworking artist and Breanne focuses in watercolor. 

Adam Hayward - Adam has exhibited regularly in Ohio, as well as in Michigan, New Mexico, and Vermont and throughout the Virgin Islands. He is collected extensively nationally and internationally. More recently, Adam's work has been featured in the Miller Gallery & the Phyllis J. Weston Gallery.

Cat Johnson - Cat is an experienced set designer, painter, and sculpture artist that resides in Cincinnati. Cats work has been featured across the country. Most recently, Cat designed the set for "The Tragedy of Macbeth" for the Temple Theatres. 

Julia Martin - Local artist from Covington, Kentucky. Julia's artwork is based on her spiritual relationship to the natural world and addresses cultural and society through her artwork.

Emily Mason - Emily resides in Kentucky helps lead the community with projects that advocate the arts. She is a muralist, graphic designer and art instructor as well, working with children in gifted and talented programs. Her most recent mural was displayed in chalk during Cliftonfest 2016. 

Karen McGarry - Karen is a Cincinnati-based artist, arts educator, and advocate for innovative arts education. She currently teaches Art Education at the University of Cincinnati and maintains an active studio practice. She has lived, worked, and exhibited in London, Dublin, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.

Brendan Saddlemire - Brendan is a professional tattoo artist and works in other various mediums such as oils, acrylics, inks, and other mixed media. Brendan currently resides in Clifton. 

Erica Wine - Erica primarily works with sculptures and installations, utilizing various casting processes and chemical treatments performed on found objects. Erica Wine received her BFA from the University of Cincinnati - College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2013 and currently resides in Cincinnati.

Meet the Jurors

People Working Cooperatively thanks....

Steven Matijcio, Curator at the Contemporary Arts Center- Cincinnati

Chris Owens, People Working Cooperatively, Inc.

Amy Scarpello, Pull Club Studio & ArtWorks- Cincinnati 

Jonathan Sears, PAR- PROJECTS



PWC has partnered with PAR-PROJECTS for artistic direction and execution of this installation. We thank Jonathan Sears, PAR-PROJECTS Executive Director for his support of this project. 

Professional Artistic Research Projects (PAR), is an arts organization that's been influencing Cincinnati's creative landscape since 2010. PAR is best-known for its collaborative projects and for using retrofitted shipping containers to land artistic experiences throughout the Greater Cincinnati Metro Area. 

Please click here for more information about PAR-PROJECTS

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