In its 32nd year, the Wyoming Art Show will once again draw more than 125 regional artists, along with crowds of thousands on Sunday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Worthington Ave. The show is completely self-funded, and extra money generated from the event is re-invested into community art endeavors here in Wyoming.
As one of Greater Cincinnati’s premier juried art shows, the Wyoming Art Show has earned a reputation as a top draw for regional art enthusiasts as the spring and summer art show season gets underway. More than $5,000 in prize money is awarded to professionally judged works, including a $500 Best in Show Award. You can see the top prize winners, along with outstanding Wyoming High School student portfolios, in the Wyoming Civic Center from noon to 5 p.m.
With art in a range of mediums, from oil painting to woodworking, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry, and more, the Wyoming Art Show has something for everyone. In addition to the art, the event is known for food and entertainment with vendors such as the Wyoming Meat Market, Gabby’s Cafe, CWC The Restaurant, Kettle Korn, La Rosa’s Pizza, and Pop-A Dog serving lunch items and desserts in the Starving Artists’ Café behind the Wyoming Middle School.
Music this year will be provided by several artists. Wyoming High School senior Claire Taylor will play violin. Also performing will be Triple the Trouble, a pop group of three Wyoming sisters who perform original music.
Art show t-shirts are available for purchase as well.
For kids, the show offers many activities in the Imagination Station, located under the tent on the Civic Center lawn. Kids can take part in t-shirt painting, face painting, and chalk art. Art works by Wyoming elementary and middle school students will be on display in the Student Art Tent near the Civic Center.
Wyoming Art Show Invests in Art for Wyoming
Through the years, the Wyoming Art Show has promoted art in the community beyond the art show with proceeds generated from the event. Each year, hundreds of dollars in scholarships are awarded to art students at Wyoming High School. The Art Show Committee has also donated to provide art equipment at the high school, fund an artist in residence program at the middle school and commissioned a permanent statue at the Wyoming branch of the Hamilton County Public Library honoring the memory of Elena Desserich, who died in 2007 of brain cancer.
New Mural in Wyoming Business District
This summer, the Wyoming Art Show will install its latest investment in the community when it unveils a mural on the corner of Wyoming and Oak avenues depicting well-known historic figures in the community in a work titled Windows of Wyoming.
The mural is being created by artist Kyle Penunuri in his studio in a unique method that will allow the images to be placed onto the side of the building in a process similar to decoupage, says Judy Carter, a volunteer with the Wyoming Art Show. The panels will be of four window images set on the side of the building along Oak Avenue near the corner of Wyoming Avenue facing the Village Green. Each window will display a unique scene. One will feature Col. Robert Reily, who was instrumental in naming the city, another will feature Alexander and Mary Ludlow Pendery, some of the first settlers. Two more will feature famed industrialist George Stearns, and an image of small children, representing the future of the community. The mural will be installed and dedicated this summer.
“When possible, we like to contribute to more permanent art in the Wyoming community,” says Carter. “This project is an exciting addition to that goal.”