Organized December 3, 1892
Charter signed December 10, 1892

The mission of this organization is to promote the creation and appreciation of visual arts by education
through workshops, lectures, and demonstrations to adults and children in the surrounding communities.

The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati is the oldest existing women’s art club operating without interruption in the United States. Founded December 1, 1892 by nineteen women artists in response to the Cincinnati Art Club’s refusal to include women, the Woman’s Art Club continues its tradition of stimulating its members to greater effort in their work and increasing a general interest in art.

Founding club members were Christine Bredin, Jennie Brookbank, Louise Fisher, Pauline Frank, Laura Fry, Altha Haydock (Caldwell), Ida Holterhoff Holloway, Grace Kennett (Wheelwright), Caroline Lord, Kate Reno Miller, Clara Chipman Newton, Carlotta Agnes Raymond, Clemmie A. Roberts, Dixie Selden, Mary Spencer, Annie G. Sykes, Mary Trivett (Haight), Henrietta Wilson, Kate Wilson. The newly organized Club held its first exhibition in April 1892 at the Clossons Co. on Elm Street — that tradition, The Woman’s Art Club Annual Juried Art Exhibition, is in its 128th year.

In its 125+ years of operation the Club has had several homes — but never one that felt permanent until 2006 when the historic Resthaven Barn in Mariemont became available. The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation was formed to purchase the barn, oversee the transformation, and manage its operation and further development as the Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center.

Club financial operations depend upon dues payments, Annual Juried Exhibition entry fees, a 20% commission on art sold at that exhibition, profits from club-sponsored workshops, and donations. Membership dues are generally $60/year.

Meetings: Monthly on the second Saturday morning of the month from September through May, consisting of a light refreshments and time to socialize before a (usually) brief business meeting which is followed by an artist demonstration or educational program.

Exhibitions: The Club sponsors three exhibitions a year.
• The All-Member Exhibition — Associate, Signature, and Honorary Members.
• The Signature Member Exhibition — Signature & Honorary Members.
• The Woman’s Art Club Annual Juried Exhibition — female artists 18 years and older who live in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana. This year’s exhibition will be the Club’s 128th.

Workshops: The Club sponsors several workshops every year which have open enrollment — Club Member fees are discounted. Click Here to view current workshop offerings.

Philanthropy: In keeping with our mission, the Woman’s Art Club sponsors a merit-based scholarship for a female artist pursuing art education. We also donate funds to Cincinnati’s Art Works Summer Apprentice Program.

Other Club Activities: These include a bi-monthly Book Club and Spontaneous Social Activities in addition to the organized ones.

Communications: Club members receive a monthly newsletter September through June as well as emails and reminders about Club events and Member exhibitions. Club members also have access to member-only resources on our website.

Clubwomen of Note

Executive Board of Directors

President
— Margaret Kastner

Vice President
— TBD

Treasurers
— Carol Rentschler
— Barb Zentgraf

Membership & Welcome Coordinator
— Yuki Lodge

Programming Coordinators
— Sue Helbling
— Dodie Loewe

Recording Secretary
— Sue Blaney

Corresponding Secretary
— Hannah Beck

Foundation Board Liaison
— Dana Olsen

Annual Juried Exhibition Coordinator
— TBD

Advisors
— Jan Boone
— Dodie Loewe

Presidents

2020-Present
Margaret Kastner

2018-2020
Dodie Loewe

2016-2018
Mary Beth Dowlin

2014-2016
Marie Redfearn Smith

2012-2014
Diana Taylor

2010-2012
Mrs. Diana Kilfoil

2008-2010
Mrs. Jan Boone

2006-2008
Mrs. Ann M. Arnold

2004-2006
Mrs. Victoria Jensen

2002-2004
Nikki G. Orlemann

2000-2002
Mrs. Jewel O’Neal

1998-2000
Dr. Crickett Todd

1996-1998
Mrs. Ann M. Arnold

1994-1996
Mrs. Diane Hoppenjans Hofmann

1992-1994
Mrs. Reabelle Emdin

1990-1992
Mrs. Gloria Morelli

1988-1990
Mrs. Adele Garneret

1986-1988
Mrs. Hope Kain Fjord

1984-1986
Mrs. Monte Foster

1982-1984
Mrs. Mary Fran Costello

1980-1982
Mrs. Ruby Wilkinson

1978-1980
Mrs. Jean Werner

1976-1978
Mrs. Virginia Cowell

1974-1976
Mrs. Kay Knight

1972-1974
Mrs. Romilda Dilley

1970-1972
Mrs. Dorothy K. Newstedt

1968-1970
Mrs. Lela Cooney

1966-1968
Mrs. Cherry Lyford

1964-1966
Mrs. Helen Johnson

1962-1964
Mrs. Dawn Wilson

1961-1962
Mrs. Carolyn Schwenkmeyer

1960-1961
Mrs. Ida Bolsen

1958-1960
Mrs. Edna Marie Schmidt

1956-1958
Miss Anita Fenton

1954-1956
Mrs. Georgiabelle Clark

1953-1954
Mrs. Martha Breidenbach

1951-1953
Miss Katherine King

1950-1951
Mrs. Martha Breidenbach

1949-1950
Mrs. Frances Pogue Nelson

1948-1949
Mrs. Mildred Snarr Cavagnaro

1947-1948
Mrs. Louise Veach Becksmith

1945-1947
Mrs. Edith Gellenbeck Foy

1944-1945
Mrs. Jessie Roberts Grooms

1942-1944
Mrs. Agnes Prizer Fay

1941-1942
Mrs. Leona Haswell

1939-1941
Mrs. Virginia Cramond

1938-1939
Mrs. Louise Binn Gibson

1937-1938
Mrs. Jimmie Otten Gillespie

1935-1937
Mrs. Marion Maxon Healy

1933-1935
Miss Blanche Waite

1931-1933
Mrs. Marie MacPherson

1930-1931
Miss Annette Covington

1928-1930
Miss Effie Trader

1927-1928
Miss Henrietta Fischer

1925-1927
Mrs. Stephen E. Cone

1923-1925
Miss Agnes Prizer

1921-1923
Miss Emma Mendenhall

1919-1921
Mrs. Francis Dodge (

1918-1919
Mrs. Bessie Hoover Wessel

1917-1918
Miss Bessie Hoover

1916-1917
Mrs. W.J. R. Alexander

1914-1916
Miss Effie Trader

1912-1914
Miss Kate Reno Miller

1910-1912
Miss Dixie Selden

1909-1910
Mrs. Ida H. Holloway

1907-1909
Miss Emma Mendenhall

1905-1907
Mrs. Ida H. Holloway

1901-1905
Miss Henrietta Wilson

1897-1901
Miss Dixie Selden

1892-1897
Miss Mary Spencer

Charter Members

Christine Bredin

Jennie Brookbank

Louise Fisher

Pauline Frank

Laura Fry

Atha Haydock

Ida Holterhoff Holloway

Grace Kennett

Caroline A. Lord

Clara Chipman Newton

Carlotta Agnes Raymond

Clemmie A. Roberts

Dixie Selden

Mary Spencer

Annie G. Sykes

Mary Trivett

Henrietta Wilson

Kate Wilson

Honorary Members

Mrs. Velma Morris

Mrs. Margaret Wasielewski

Mrs. Myrtle Blankenbuehler

Mrs. Ann M. Arnold

Mrs. Martha Breidenbach*

Mrs. Joan Cord*

Mrs. Helen Hilberg*

Mrs. Ruby Wilkinson*

Mrs. Mary Fran Costello*

Mrs. Carolyn Zimmerman*

Miss Betty Zimmerman*

Miss Clotilde Zanetta*

Miss Henrietta Wilson*

Mrs. Bessie H. Wessel*

Mrs. Maria Longworth Storer*

Mrs. Hannah Rauh*

Miss Dorothy H. Pflager*

Miss Elizabeth Nourse*

Miss Louise McLaughlin*

Miss Emma Mendenhall*

Miss Caroline A. Lord*

Mrs. Marion G. Hendrie*

Miss Laura A. Fry*

Mrs. Agnes Prizer Fay*

Mrs. Louis F. Drach*

Mrs. Lela Cooney*

Mrs. Stephen E. Cone*

Mrs. Atha Haydock Caldwell*

Miss Christine S. Bredin*

Mrs. W. J. R. Alexander*

*deceased