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Hilton Netherland Plaza Downtown Cincinnati

35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 1-513-421-9100     visit website

Home to the FotoFocus Biennial, Cincinnati, Ohio, is a thriving Midwestern city that offers some of the most engaging experiences with art, food, and community in the region. Centered downtown, the Contemporary Art Center, designed by Zaha Hadid, was one of the first institutions in the United States dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art. A three-minute walk from the CAC is the Weston Art Gallery, which provides the community with access to the work of both emerging and established contemporary artists across galleries on two levels and 3,500 square feet of exhibition space. The Cincinnati Art Museum and the Taft Museum also provide the community with access to contemporary and historical art through exhibitions and programming.

With just a short commute from downtown, you can access some of the most exciting independent galleries the city offers, such as Wavepool Gallery, ThirdSpace Gallery, Rainbow Gallery, Manifest Gallery, Visionaries + Voices Northside Gallery, The Carnegie, and many more. In addition to visual art and theater, Cincinnati is also becoming recognized as an exciting destination for incredible food made with the heart and soul that makes this city great.


University of Cincinnati, DAAP:

The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) immerses its students in learning and practice through real world experience-based learning in over 20 undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs which span a broad range of creative disciplines. DAAP's approach to education cements its reputation as one of the best art and design schools in the world. In DAAP, students explore their passions and create artifacts, environments, and graphics that impact and improve the world. DAAP graduates join the vast number of DAAP alumni – providing an instant professional network around the world.

The School of Art provides a student-centered, multi-faceted encounter with the history, practice, and philosophy of the visual arts. It champions equity and inclusion and the role of the visual arts in the greater community. We are committed to the development of fundamental skills and knowledge in studio practice, theory, history, culture, and research coupled with in-depth, advanced studies in contemporary practices. We are housed within the renowned College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning widely known for a unique learning experience where experiential learning, cooperative education and an exhilaration for dynamic practice and research ensures that academic study will have a transformative effect on the lives of our students. Fine Art undergraduate students engage in 3-semesters of experiential learning or co-operative education.  

Rather than requiring students to declare a studio concentration, we offer a cross-media curriculum that encourages students to focus on the development of their work through contact with internationally recognized faculty and visiting artists. Our School engages with the thriving and growing city of Cincinnati through exhibitions, public artworks and student internships at art institutions, firmly supporting the Urban Pathway of UC's Next Lives Here strategic direction. 

Art Academy of Cincinnati:

Art Academy of Cincinnati, established in 1869, is an independent college of art and design. Degrees granted are the Associate of Science in Graphic Design; the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Design, Illustration, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Media, and Sculpture; and the Master of Arts in Art Education. Our mission is to be the most celebrated, relentless, rebellious, cutting-edge and radiant community of artists and designers anywhere, at any time-the seers, the radicals, the innovators, and creative professionals who establish the rules that the future will follow. SITE 1212, the Art Academy's center for community impact was unveiled in 2021 to bring artist, the community and organizations together to create social good. The Art Academy is a charter member of both NASAD and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, as well as a member of the Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection. The Art Academy of Cincinnati is located in historic Over-the-Rhine at 1212 Jackson Street Cincinnati, OH 45202. Please visit

Mount St. Joseph University:

The renowned Mount St. Joseph University Department of Art & Design offers degrees in art education, fine arts, and graphic design. We also offer minors in art, art history, graphic design, and photography. These advanced programs of study provide many opportunities for customization and specialization. Our highly accomplished faculty is committed to helping you reach your fullest potential so that you may achieve your goals upon graduation.

Mount St. Joseph University Department of Art & Design students learn to engage in the creative process to solve problems, communicate ideas, express feelings, and create experiences with art. Developing the ability to identify the formal, technical, and expressive elements in art and design pieces, and understanding the historical, social, and cultural contexts in both past and present art and design works provide our students with a strong historical, conceptual, and technical foundation in art making. These skill help our graduates begin rewarding careers in art education, graphic design, or the visual arts upon graduation.

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