Welcome to the Cincinnati Art Club

This Club was created in 1890 by local artists in Cincinnati so they could gather regularly in a social setting, trade stories, learn from one another, and spread their love for visual art across the community. It has been that way ever since – a place for the professional and casual artist and art enthusiasts who enjoy getting together in a congenial atmosphere. If you stop by to participate, you will meet friendly, approachable people that are eager to welcome you in.

Our founders were some of the foremost artists of their day. The first President was John Rettig, followed by Henry Farny and two years later Frank Duveneck. Each generation since has been the same and today the Club is the largest local organization of women and men who create and enjoy art. Signature and Associate members can exhibit their work in the Wessel Gallery, attend our twice-weekly Sketch Group with live models, get creative input at Critique sessions, see lectures and demonstrations, and attend workshops with nationally ranked instructors. We create art together indoors and “en plein air.” We also work as an organization to provide art experiences and scholarships for high school and collegiate level students. We offer grants and loans to visual artists in financial distress. We publish a members’ newsletter, the Dragonfly and Imagine, a public quarterly magazine featuring the full scope of visual art in the Greater Cincinnati area.

If you are an artist or someone who loves art and wants to support the visual arts in Greater Cincinnati, come share in the fun.