High Art 2

High Art 2

NEAR*BY Curatorial Collective is pleased to announce the second biennial High Art exhibition, wherein artists tackle issues of perspective, spectacle and scale while engaging with the surrounding cityscape. Artwork will be viewed from a 574-foot vantage point: the rooftop observation deck of the Carew Tower, Cincinnati’s second tallest building.

Visitors to the one-evening exhibition will ride the elevator to the 45th floor, board a tiny elevator and ride it to the 48th floor, then climb one last flight to visually comb the landscape and identify the work of artists, strategically placed around the city.

Artists will present temporary, large-scale works &/or performances that may be seen from atop the rooftop deck of Cincinnati’s French Art Deco skyscraper, the Carew Tower. The aim of this exhibition is to activate the city with art, rewarding curiosity with engaging moments of fleeting creativity.

Please note that there is a $4 (cash only) entry fee for all visitors to the Netherland Plaza Observation Deck, and we suggest you bring binoculars. NEAR*BY is in no way affiliated with the Carew Tower. For that reason (and also because we think this location is one of our city’s most mythic sites,) please respect their process—analog though it may be.

High Art 2 will take place on Saturday July 2nd, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at The Netherland Plaza, Carew Tower, 441 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Participating artists: Regan Brown, Emily Chiavelli, Joe Girandola, Sidney Cherie Hilley, Pam Kravetz, Avril Thurman and Rick Wolhoy.

After the Moment:  Reflections on Robert Mapplethorpe

After the Moment: Reflections on Robert Mapplethorpe

Charged by the Contemporary Art Center’s Curator, Steven Matijcio to curate a small selection of performances for the opening reception of After the Moment:  Reflections on Robert Mapplethorpe, NEAR*BY has engaged three artists/groups who are interested in a physical disruption of normative space to perform over the course of the three-hour opening event.

Using a combination of recited poetry and performed actions, visual artist and performer Elsie Mort will explore the sexualization of the male body from a female perspective.

Employing the language of romance novels from artist Abby Friend’s past collective feminist performances, the artist will address the discrepancies between the objectification of womxn in pornography and the ways in which notions of womxn-led forms of obscenity can fit into a broader conversation about feminism.
Contemporary dancers McKenzie Barkdull and Amelia Koper Heintzelman of MamLuft&Co. Dance will use their bodies, (the most integral instrument of human experience,) to enact a series of three performances, demonstrating ways in which the body can act as a physical interlocutor of normative space.

From the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati’s website:

2015 will mark the 25th anniversary of the CAC’s landmark presentation of Robert Mapplethorpe’s survey exhibition The Perfect Moment in Cincinnati. And while 25 years have passed, this event continues to reverberate as much for the artwork on display as for the reactions it inspired, and the historic controversy that ensued. Amidst the ripples, then CAC Director Dennis Barrie was acquitted on charges of obscenity, first amendment laws were shaken and galvanized, the HIV crisis and gay rights movement took on added visibility and revealing light was cast upon the polarizing politics of what is seen and by whom. In an aftermath that has yet to fully settle or cease, the CAC will consider the legacy of this artist (and the events surrounding The Perfect Moment) through the lens of artists working today. Seven curators from across the tri-state region (Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana) will each select 5 artists who will present new work that measures how Mapplethorpe’s photos, exhibition and censorship shaped the artistic landscape they navigate today.


After The Moment

Reflections on Robert Mapplethorpe

November 06, 2015 through March 13, 2016

Bail or No?  The Impossible Tricks Show

Bail or No? The Impossible Tricks Show


Tree Board by Joe Castrucci

Bail or No? The Impossible Tricks Show is an exhibition on restraint. It is also an exhibition about skateboarding, DIY culture, the arts, and the metaphor of micro-rebellion – in spite of the forces that expect & want such things – that envelope all three. It’s an exhibition about, of all things to frame an art show around, spirit, and the notion that to bail is okay, but to move without risk or chance, safety be damned, is to bail anyway.

What it is:

Several makers and artists are tasked with making physical skateboards that are, by their design, nearly impossible to skate on.

Several skateboarders attempt to skate on them anyway.

The results are documented/filmed and shown in a one night screening

Further contributions to the film look at the state of the skate video today (dissemination, youtube, amateurism, etc. etc).

A catalogue/book of essay with contributions from Maria Seda-Reeder, Curt Miller, and Chris Reeves is available right HERE

Artists include:

Able Projects, John Auer, Liz Cambron, Joe Castrucci, Chris Collins, Abby Cornelius, Zach Kincaid Chris Little, Daniel P. Lopez, Tim McMillan, Curt Miller, Rick Silva, Marc Slobada, Lauren C. Sudbrink Jordan Tate, Aaron Walker, Loraine Wible, Erica Wine
with generous assistance and contributions from: Alex Jameson, Grace Cross, Lizzy Duquette, and Phil Spangler.

exhibited 8/15/15 at Lohioh in Cincinnati, OH with Near*By. Documentation by Lauren C. Sudbrink



On Saturday May 9th, NEAR*BY Curatorial Collective hosted “Heirloom: an exhibition of objects from the childhood homes of artists” at Wave Pool Gallery in Camp Washington.

Knowing that visually sensitive artists are so often effected by their early environment—and that aesthetic tastes can be something creative people are both born with and cultivate over the span of a lifetime—NEAR*BY sought to find a visible missing link between a dozen artists’ formative cultural experiences and their current artistic output.

With that aim in mind, four curators chose three different artists to each pick an object from their childhood domestic world that reflects the questions they remain concerned with asking in their own work. Artists were interviewed about their chosen subject and as a result of those conversations, NEAR*BY created a standalone catalogue with text from each curator and corresponding photographs describing the objects’ significance. View or download the complete catalog: HeirloomCatalog.pdf by Jiemei Lin.

Saturday, May 9th, 2015. 7 – 10 p.m.
Wave Pool Gallery
2940 Colerain Ave. Cincinnati

* Chelsea Baker * Amanda Checco * Lizzy DuQuette * Izy Hardy * Sarah Jones * Brent Lashley * Caleb Marhoover * Jamie Muenzer * Matthew Shackelford * Nic Scrimenti * CM Turner * Christy Whittmer *

OBO: The Labor Show

On Saturday April 4th, 6 – 8 p.m., NEAR*BY curatorial collective hosted OBO: The Labor Show, a social practice experiment of real-time market exchanges amongst a group of selected skilled tradespersons.

For the purposes of this exhibition, makers/service providers collaborated on an Artist-to-Artist Contract for the exchange of their labor. Contract templates were intentionally open-ended to allow the two parties to come to a mutual agreement of exchange—demonstrating how real life commodity exchanges can be empowering and mutually rewarding.

Inspired by Josiah Warren, (widely considered to be the first American anarchist,) & his Cincinnati Time Store, an early 19th century commercial experiment that equated labor with market value; when taken within a context of face-to-face interactions, NEAR*BY hopes to shine a light on the ways in which the creative community might find paths to mutually-beneficial commercial exchanges.

Saturday, April 4th, 2015. 6 – 8 p.m.
2159 Central Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45214

First Saturdays in Brighton, FREE and open to the public.


* Custom carpentry, John Auer * Hair styling, Jessie Hoffman * Independent music label/handmade flyers, Robert Inman * Printing/woodburning, Doug Korfhagen * Dancing, Laura Lane * Tarot card reading, Kimberley McAninch * Acoustic music, Nancy Paraskevopoulos * Poetry, Precious Phillips * Yoga, Donna Rubin * Kombucha brewing, Libby Singhoffer * Pataphysics, Loraine Wible * MORE TBA *




NEAR*BY Curatorial Collective announces LIGHTGEIST, a one-night exhibition of light and projected art at Rhinegeist. Built within the skeleton of the old Moerlein bottling plant in Over-the-Rhine, the name of the brewery means, “ghost of the Rhine,” and, (though often intangible,) light and art can likewise be said to haunt or inhabit space.

For LIGHTGEIST, NEAR*BY has selected seventeen artists / artist collaboratives to exhibit projected videos, sculptural and environmental installations. These intra-disciplinary works will demonstrate the ways in which contemporary artists are currently embracing the dematerialization of the image, and how that manifests within the confines of a non-traditional art space.

EVENT DETAILS: Thursday November 20, 7 – 10 p.m. 1910 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Over-the-Rhine. FREE and open to the public.

Jen Berter * Nicki Davis * DAAP Clay & Glazes, headed by Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis (featuring the work of Olutoba Akomolede, Christine Barron, Amanda Bialk, Michael Broderick, Linnea Campbell, Catherine Gilliam, Theresa Krosse, Sarah Maxwell, Megan Stevens, Christine Uebel, Allison Ventura & Victoria Wykoff) * Lizzy Duquette * Sam Ferris-Morris * Mark Governanti * Joe Iannopollo & Kalie Hamilton * Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running * Andy Marko * Alice Pixley Young * Play Cincy * Lindsey Sahlin * Caroline Turner * Justin West * C. Jacqueline Wood * Charlie Woodman


NEAR*BY is an untethered curatorial collective that seeks to bypass the art institution, working as liaison between artists and pluralistic audiences. We aim to create ephemeral and interdisciplinary exhibitions that connect art with location and meld curatorial and artist practices while blurring the boundaries between installation and white cube.

contact: nearby@nearbycollective.org
website: http://nearbycollective.org/


High Art

Saturday October 18, 2014
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The Netherland Plaza, Carew Tower
441 Race Street
Downtown Cincinnati, OH 

NEAR*BY Curatorial Collective hosted High Art, an exhibition on the subject of perspective, scale, and serendipitous visual discovery. The exhibition took place on the rooftop Observation Deck of one of Cincinnati’s most beloved and highest elevated buildings: the Carew Tower. Visitors to the one-evening exhibition rode the elevator of this Art Deco structure to the 45th floor, board a tiny elevator and rode it to the 48th floor, then climbed one last flight to visually identify the work of artists strategically placed around Downtown from this 574-foot vantage point. This grouping of diverse works by artists included Pam Kravetz, Jacob Lynn, Corrina Mehiel, Greg Swiger and Abby Mae Friend (among others) demonstrated how artists can employ simple techniques of size, color and movement to attract their viewer’s attention. Artists presented temporary, large-scale works and performances, which could be seen either by the naked eye or with the assistance of binoculars from the Observation Deck of the Carew Tower—encouraging the act of active looking.

High Art will took place on Saturday October 18, 2014, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at The Netherland Plaza, Carew Tower, 441 Race Street, Downtown.


Carew Tower, Cincinnati

NEAR*BY is an untethered curatorial collective that seeks to bypass the art institution, working as liaison between artists and pluralistic audiences. We aim to create ephemeral and interdisciplinary exhibitions that connect art with location and meld curatorial and artist practices while blurring the boundaries between installation and white cube

The Traveling Show

The Traveling Show

Consistent with Near*By’s curatorial preoccupation with location and its effect on the artist, we assembled an assemblage of traveling artwork on the subject of travel. Fifty hand-built boxes filled with the collected creative output of over thirty artists were driven around the city on the night of the opening and exhibited at several different venues—visibly demonstrating the subject and object of our endeavor. Just as with gallery specific exhibitions, there was be attention paid to lighting and the spectacle of performance. Consisting of ephemeral installations, poetry readings, skateboarding demos and more, the evening culminated in a night of music by touring and local musicians at Tinderbox.


5pm – 645pm – truck will be parked at Clifton Court next to DAAP building at University of Cincinnati (2624 Clifton Avenue). Able projects skate demo on view for this stop.

7pm – 845pm – truck will be parked at Rock Paper Scissors (1301 Main St.). Readings by Sidney Cherie Hilley & Yvette Nepper.

9pm – 2am – truck will be parked at Tinderbox (42 w. McMicken). Performances by two Philadelphia bands (Snoozer, Lady Bones), two TBA local acts, and lighting installation by Nomad Collab (Katy Zachary).

What’s in the box: 

  • Steve Kemple curated CD of travel music (Free with box purchase)
  • 2nd CD of covers of Steve’s travel music picks by Leggy, Molly Sullivan, Kate Wakefield, ADM, Sabastooge, Sophia Cunningham, Isaac Hand, Amanda Lee Anderson, Nancy Paraskeveoplous, Megan Hague, & Jarrod Welling-Cann
  • Book with contributions from: Lizzy Duquette, Johnny Eudaly, Micah Freeman, Frisch’s Walker, Sidney Cherie Hilley, Russell Ihrig, Marie-Astrid Meunier, Tyrell Pentz, Mike Weber
  • 5 postcards of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities by Matt Kish, Joe Kuth, Leighton Connor
  • DVD of travel scene supercut from French films selected by French people and curated by Loraine Wible
  • Ceramic tile by Anastasiya Yatsuk
  • Beer cozy from Able Projects
  • Tiny hand-carved wooden spoon from Rom Wells at Cheapside Cincinnati
  • Double sided pencil and tiny sketchbook from Rock Paper Scissors
  • Fortune cookie with Non-Aristotelian phrases from Andre Alves

Participating Artists:

A Pinecone
Able Projects
Andre Alves
Amanda Lee Anderson
John Auer
Leighton Connor
Sophia Cunningham
Diving Bell
Lizzy Duquette
Johnny Eudaly
Micah Freeman
Isaac Hand
Sidney Cherie Hilley
Russel Ihrig
Nomad Collab (Katy Zachary)
Steve Kemple
Matt Kish
Joe Kuth
Marie Astrid Meunier
Yvette Nepper
Nancy Paraskevopolous
Tyrell Pentz
Rock Paper Scissors
Sabastooge (David Corns)
Lindsey Sahlin
Micco Slays
Molly Sullivan
Kate Wakefield
Loraine Wible
Anastasiya Yatsuk

The Moon Show

The Moon Show

Cincinnati arts and culture magazine AEQAI called the exhibition “Peculiar, grim, but somehow self-involved enough to be fun and funny…wears its IQ like a tank-top and jean cutoffs, comfortably numb and comfortably smart-assed and just plain comfortably accomplished.”

A Visual Exposé of the U.S. Apollo 11 Moon Landing:
Terrestrial Spectacle or Lunar Triumph?
In Association with Flat Earth Societe Anonyme.

Near*By collective’s curatorial debut exhibition explored the idea of simulated and actual reality using the first moon landing, U.S. Apollo 11, as a starting place.

The moon landing was, for many, seen as a victory for (hu)mankind.  For others, the event was a politically charged American power play.  In more recent history, conspiracy theorists have charged that the moon landing was a hoax, directed by Stanley Kubrick in a Hollywood studio.  Was the moon landing an important cultural moment or merely a Baudrillardian simulacrum?

Since the moon landing, conspiracy theories about world events have only multiplied.  The proliferation of claims of hoaxes for major happenings say as much about the likelihood of the reality of those events as they do about our collective loss of trust in our most powerful social institutions.  The Kennedy assassination, 9/11, missing airplanes—thanks to the internet, as quickly as events unfold, individuals are able to create and promote their own narratives.  In a society where we more frequently engage with events and reality through the media and social media, in whose reality are we living?  What are the repercussions of our loss of faith in institutions and metanarratives?  And what becomes of the role of the artist?

Scratching the (lunar) surface of those questions and more are fourteen area artists. Of these, six (Britni Bicknaver, Lyndsey Nehls, Tyler Hamilton, Rodney Gustke, Michael Molloy and Kelley Cartledge) are involved in the creation of physical works of art that reference the authenticity of the moon landing; while six others (Joey Versoza, Lauren Post, Madeline Walker, Jacob Riddle John Cairns, and Dan Muenzer) created videos for a separate area of the gallery. The installation work of Greg Swiger links these two spaces through the fabrication of a “control room” and movie/surveillance cameras; Aaron Walker contributes the image for a takeaway poster.

The result is a collaborative exhibition that melds curatorial and artistic practices while blurring the boundaries between installation and white cube.

Like the Apollo 11 astronauts coordinating with NASA, artists are given specific missions.  But unlike NASA astronauts or control room operators, artists are celebrated for their unique abilities to embellish and lie.

Begin ignition sequence! In 10, 9, 8…


Britni Bicknaver
John Cairns
Kelley Cartledge
Rodney Gustke
Tyler Hamilton
Michael Vneck Molloy
Dan Muenzer
Lyndsey Nehls
Lauren Post
Jacob Riddle
Greg Swiger
Joey Versoza
Madeline Walker

& a takeaway poster by Aaron Walker