Elizabeth Nourse Gallery

Elizabeth Nourse self-portrait from 1892

With the creation of the first purpose-built community arts center in Cincinnati, CCAC recognized a special opportunity to create a space within the new building that would prioritize regional women artists and educate the community about their work. Leaders Sara Vance Waddell, M. Katherine Hurley, and Jens Rosenkrantz championed this idea and chose to honor the legacy of the ground-breaking Cincinnati Artist Elizabeth Nourse (1859-1938). A $250,000 challenge grant was set to name the signature first-floor gallery after Nourse, and CCAC had to make an additional three-part pledge:

  1. At least 50% of the artists showcased in CCAC’s gallery spaces must be female.
  2. CCAC would establish a juried biennial exhibition centered on emerging female artists in the region.
  3. CCAC would establish an artist-in-residency program and bestow it upon one artist from the juried biennial exhibit.

In February 2022, CCAC partnered with The Annex Gallery to launch the inaugural “New Woman” juried group exhibition. At the opening reception, CCAC announced that of the 19 exhibited emerging women artists presented, Erin Smith Glenn had been selected as the very first “New Woman Artist in Residence.” As part of this residency, Erin received a materials budget for a project in conjunction with CCAC, meetings with studio and professional mentors, a Women in the Arts dinner hosted at the Boulter House in Clifton, and a $2,500 stipend generously provided by Sara and Michelle Vance Waddell.

Erin’s work, with its bold and colorful flair and various mediums from drawing and painting to crochet, is now on display in HAIRitage, the first show in the Nourse Gallery. In April, the Nourse Gallery will host the second “New Woman” exhibition, and a new artist-in-residence will be named.

CCAC is raising $250,000 to match the $250,000 already pledged and fully fund this women-centered gallery. The ten donors will be recognized on a plaque that will be prominently placed in the one-of-a-kind first-floor gallery. For more information on how to support this initiative, contact John Leo Muething at jl.muething@cliftonculturalarts.org or call 513-497-2860.

Donors to the Elizabeth Nourse Gallery

1. Andrea Poling and Jason Heil
2. Jens G Rosenkrantz Jr and M Katherine Hurley
3. Sara and Michelle Vance Waddell