Established in 2003, Visionaries + Voices is a non-profit organization that provides exhibition opportunities, studio space, supplies, and support to more than 125 visual artists with disabilities. V+V artists actively contribute to the greater arts community through creative, educational, and strategic partnerships with local and regional artists, schools, and business leaders. Collectively, we are growing a more inclusive arts community in Greater Cincinnati.
MISSION The mission of Visionaries + Voices as an inclusive arts organization is to provide creative, professional, and educational opportunities.
VISION We create a world in which artists with disabilities not only produce and share works of art, but are also given continuous opportunities to learn, develop professionally, collaborate, exhibit, and celebrate with community members.
ARTISTS Over 140 local artists attend the V+V studios. Artists use paint, clay, metal, fabric, colored pencils, ink, paper mache, collage, photography, assemblage, glass, wood, and digital materials. A range of styles of art are created and exhibited, including: wall-size hand-drawn maps of Cincinnati, 3-D portrait dolls made of fabric and found objects, Russian-American New World art, paintings with colorful motifs of fish, birds, and giraffes, ink drawings representing the plots of entire feature films, and imaginative works in clay. Artists support each other in an environment that encourages self-expression and creative growth. To learn more about individual artists at V+V, visit our ARTISTS PAGE
EXHIBITIONS We host five exhibitions annually in our Northside Gallery in addition to our annual art auction gala, DOUBLE VISION. The Corner Gallery features work from artists based in our Tri-County studio and is located in the Frame USA retail store. V+V promotes the inclusion of artists’ work in local, regional and national venues. Helping to connect broader audiences to the work made in our studios, V+V artists exhibit regularly in galleries, museums, businesses, restaurants, and universities. Similarly, we strive to partner with art educators, artists, and curators within our community as collaborators in making objects, exhibitions, and programs. To learn more about our past, current and upcoming exhibitions, visit our Exhibitions page. To find out how you can host an exhibition of V+V artists’ work in your gallery/business/venue, please contact our exhibitions director and we will respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible.
STUDIOS Each studio is a family within itself. Creative energy draws people in and brings them together. Within these studio walls dreams are painted boldly, inspiration is palpable, and community is among us. At V+V we are all on equal ground. There is a continual sharing of experiences from education, exhibition, and life. The studio staff hold BFAs in print making, ceramics, painting, and drawing. Local artists generously volunteer their time and expertise. In the V+V studios we are resourceful and committed to facilitating the work each artist is driven to make.
DOUBLE VISION Double Vision is an opportunity for artists working at V+V to collaborate with artists working regionally and nationally. This partnership fosters lasting artistic relationships and opportunities for artistic growth and refinement. Gaining momentum since 2010, Double Vision is more dynamic and exciting each year. Live music, a silent auction and more are a part of this not to be missed event! To learn more about Double Vision, visit our DOUBLE VISION PAGE
TEACHING ARTIST PROGRAM V+V expands opportunities for artists who have an interest in teaching, speaking, and public leadership positions in the field of visual art. The Teaching Artist Program (TAP) supports those goals, while offering the community the opportunity to learn about art from a unique perspective. V+V artists who complete TAP courses bring lesson plans to classrooms, community centers, and partnering organizations all over greater Cincinnati. Each artist develops their own lesson plans customized to benefit students of all ages and abilities. To learn more about the TAP program and other educational partnerships, visit our TEACHING PAGE