When, Why, What, and How
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 exclusion of 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 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.
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.
Participation in Other Club Activities: These include Book Group, Group Art Critiques, Open and Sketch Group Studos at The Barn, as well as Spontaneous Social Activities in addition to 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.