Past Contemporary Exhibitions


Selections from the Michelle and Sara Vance Waddell Collection

March 8th, 2020-May 24th, 2020



The 20 works on view in this small selection of art from the private collection of prominent Cincinnati art collector and philanthropist Sara Vance Waddell are just a sampling of the powerful, meaningful work made by contemporary women artists in the larger Vance Waddell collection.  


"Love is Love" explores the ways in which we might see how the power of care, consideration, agape—and even desire—can manifest as profoundly life-affirming in a world that encourages us to build walls between each other, rather than find ways to connect.  What truer way can humans express unconditional love and acceptance for ourselves, than to demonstrate our capacity to love others?  


Because Vance Waddell has never shied away from complex topics such as war, bigotry, and even death, the work in her collection celebrates our abilities to transcend them through such universal experiences as human connection, intimacy of emotion, and a willingness to celebrate the body as precious and divine—not shameful due to frailty, sickness, or prejudice.  


As a result, "Love is Love" features works such as Gran Fury's subversive bus billboards at the height of the AIDS crisis in 1989, which mimicked advertisements of the time and attempted to educate the public about the transmission of the disease.  It includes Breast Cancer Ballet, a photographic documentation and collaboration between partners Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, testimony to the power of sticking by our loved ones both "in sickness and in health".


Vance Waddell's "I Do" by Louise Bourgeois, included in the small gallery is a limited edition print that was made to support Freedom to Marry, the leading campaign working to win same sex marriage nationwide; while Emily Jacir's "Woman to Woman," as well as Rachel Rampleman's "Love Your Muslim Neighbor" suggest that love can be as simple as empathizing and supporting those who need it most—despite barriers of religion and culture.


With an emphasis on the sculptural, (but not limited to 3-D) the stories within these gallery walls are broad yet intimate, in that they all center the concept of love as a powerful force for change: both personal and societal.  


--Maria Seda-Reeder, Curator

Joan Hall's Global Contamination: It's All One Sea

September 20th, 2019-November 30th, 2019

Hall’s work documents the pollution on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana; in June 2011, Hall and an assistant drove an RV to the Gulf of Mexico and spent the summer documenting pollution and collecting debris on the shore from Johnson’s Bayou to Grand Isle.  Her art has been heralded for its beauty which provides a fresh take on the environmental issues she address, using scientific data and other sources of information on climate change as “points of departure” for creative exploration.

Paul S. Briggs' Cell Personae

September 20th, 2019-November 30th, 2019

An emotionally difficult and creatively challenging project, Cell Personae dramatizes the traditional walls and bars of the usual American prison cell. These art works are Briggs’ way of grappling with the concerns of his personal experiences with the prison system,  as the possibility of incarceration in his community was normalized in his conception of the world from a young age.

Auspicious Behavior by Chakaia Booker

June 14th, 2019-August 30th, 2019

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Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

Hamilton, Ohio

1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013

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