Women’s Art Gallery Opening

The YWCA Women’s Art Gallery was established in 1993 to empower local women artists. Although primarily serving the Greater Cincinnati area, the gallery has been proud to host several shows featuring women artists from around the world. As a forum for women’s issues relating to important YWCA programs and services, the gallery has sponsored photographic exhibits on the topics of domestic violence, breast cancer, and women and aging. It is the only gallery in Greater Cincinnati exclusively for women’s art. The Women’s Art Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call the YWCA at 513-241-7090.

“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.”


– Erica Jong



The YWCA Women’s Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the YWCA, 898 Walnut Street (on the corner of 9th and Walnut), downtown. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., or by special arrangement – please call 241-7090 for more information.

If you would like to receive email invitations, please email yjohnson-hegge@ywcacin.org or call 513-361-2119.


 On Permanent Display on the YWCA First Floor

Wise Women
A Celebration of Courage, Strength and Beauty
The photography of Joyce Tenneson


The YWCA Women’s Art Gallery proudly presents Wise Women, portraits by internationally acclaimed photographer Joyce Tenneson. Wise Women is a celebration of the power and beauty of women in the third phase of their lives (ages 65 to 100). Rather than the frail stereotype of aging that our society has fostered in the past, Tenneson found women who were vital, energetic and deeply beautiful, inside and out. This penetrating collection of portraits leaves the viewer with a new vision of what it means to be a woman of age and wisdom. Forty photographs are on display including Angela Lansbury, Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Cicely Tyson, Coretta Scott King, Dame Judi Dench, Gloria Steinem, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Jessica Tandy and more. No one who experiences Wise Women will think about aging in the same way again.

Described as one of America’s most interesting portrayers of the human character, Joyce Tenneson is among the most respected photographers of our time. Her portraits go beyond a surface recording of her subject’s likeness. She writes, “Through a person’s face we can potentially see everything – the history and depth of a person’s life, as well as their connection to a universal spirituality.”

Ms. Tenneson received her doctorate degree from Cincinnati’s Union Institute & University. Her work has appeared on magazine covers for The New York Times, Fortune, Time and countless other publications. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award and the international organization of Women Photographers’ “Photographer of the Year.”

This exhibit was sponsored by Union Institute & University and underwritten by Olay, Fine Arts Fund, Barbra Druffel, the H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation of Fifth Third Bank, and in honor of Jean Wolf, Nancy Gladstone, Pat Wolf and Mary Levin.

Past Exhibits

2017 to Present – View more here

  • Women of Strength, June 22-September 20, 2018, Hei Kyung Byun, Eunshin Khang
  • Renew: Reveal, April 20-June 15, 2018, Renee Harris, Terri Kern, Paige Wideman
  • Expressions in Color, January 19 - April 16, 2018, Bonita Williams Goldberg, Carol MacConnell, Diane Seeman, Helene Steene
  • Land, Light, Lustre, October 6, 2017-January 11, 2018, Andrea Knarr, Didem Mert, Mary Woodworth
  • Otherworlds, June 23-September 29, 2017, Amy Kollar Anderson, Laine Bachman and Merle Rosen
  • Local Gems: Impressions of Earth & Space, April 21-June 8, 2017, Allison Banzhaf, Karen Rolfes, Lisa Schuster, Trish Weeks
  • Pieced Together: Expression, Memory & Identity, January 20-April 13, 2017, Elizabeth Leal, Sara Pearce, Jamie Van Landuyt

Women’s Art Gallery Archive



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