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Akron Art Museum

Dawes Arboretum

Romanian Ethnic Art Museum

Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio

Dayton Art Institute

Secrest Arboretum

Allen Memorial Art Museum

Decorative Arts Center

Southern Home and Garden Show

Artisans of Hocking Hills

Gallery for Young People

Steubenville Murals

Butler Institute of American Art

Inniswood Metro Gardens

Stranahan Arboretum

Chadwick Arboretum

Kennedy Museum of Art

Taft Museum of Art

Chamberpot Gallery

Licking County Art Gallery

Temple Museum of Religious Art

Cincinnati Art Museum

Miami University Art Museum

Toledo Botanical Garden

Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Ctr

Mount Airy Forest & Arboretum

Toledo Museum of Art

Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

Topiary Garden

Cleveland Museum of Art

Park of Roses

Wassenberg Art Center

Cowan Pottery Museum

Riffe Gallery

Wegerzyn Gardens & Horticulture Ctr.

Cox Arboretum

Rockefeller Park

Wexner Center for the Arts

 

 

 

More Art Museums and Botanical Gardens Worth the Price of Admission

Canton Museum of Art

Holden Arboretum

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Kingwood Center

Springfield Art Museum

Columbus Museum of Art

Krohn Conservatory

Studio of 5 Rings

Franklin Park Conservatory

Museum of Ancient Sculpture

Zanesville Museum of Art

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THE AKRON ART MUSEUM

Admission to the museum is Free on the first Sunday of every month and free for members.
Otherwise, it is $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12 accompanied by an adult, $5 for students and seniors.
Additional charges may apply for special exhibitions.
 

The widely acclaimed new facility showcases regional, national and international art created since 1850. The collection ranges from American Impressionism to contemporary art. A dozen special exhibitions each year present celebrated artists in various media, including painting, sculpture, glass, photography and video.

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ALAN COTTRILL SCULPTURE STUDIO & GALLERY
(Admission: Suggested $2 Donation)

ALTHOUGH LIFE SHAPED BY CLAY COTTRILL NOT CLAY’N AROUND

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He was 38-years-old when he first sunk his hands into the clay that reshaped his life.

Alan Cottrill grew up a poor farm boy in Zanesville, Ohio. It was a hard life and it hardened him. He left town a young man to take on the world spending time as a truck driver, serving in the Army, going to college and as founder of a pizza franchise achieving recognition as an international entrepreneur. While traveling abroad on U.S. government trade missions, he visited art museums. Then, one fateful day in 1990 he touched clay for the first time in his life and declared, “This is the mistress I’ve traveled the world in search of.”

Almost overnight, Alan Cottrill molded a new life out of clay. He poured everything he had into this obsession and moved to New York City without his wife and children for a time to study sculpture and even anatomy.  

“Growing up, I don’t remember even hearing the word “sculpture” and the only “art” I knew was a guy named Arthur,” said Alan Cottrill to a tour bus of people stopping to explore the Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio & Gallery in Zanesville, Ohio.  

Cottrill may not have been exposed to the world of art growing up in Zanesville but Zanesville was certainly a central place in the art world – specifically that of pottery. The area is renowned for its significant deposits of clay and was once arguably the pottery capital.    

Cottrill’s 17,000 square-foot two-story building in downtown Zanesville is an artist’s paradise. The first floor has several artists at work in various stations busy molding clay or wax, firing up the kiln, and hoisting large pieces to touch up.

The energy in the room is extreme. Cottrill may be humble and happy but he is intense and passionate! A simple conversation is packed with emotion and his thoughts are verbalized in a fashion revealing his great intellect. The complexity of the man is topped off with a refreshing sense of humor that doesn’t fear backlash. Yet, he is very respectful, thoughtful and understanding. For someone that exudes energy, he will take all the time needed to engage in a conversation or to answer any question to an onlooker's satisfaction. Look around the room and you see the results of the intensity and complexity in vivid detail etched into every piece.

The first floor of his studio and gallery is littered with works in progress, some finished, featuring soldiers, animals, religious figures, nudes, natives of the land and more. Some pieces are so large working with them enters an element of danger. Cottrill tells his morning tour group a tale of an artist killed by a falling piece and recollects a time when a tumbling piece nearly crushed him. Visitors are invited to roam  the place and openly converse with the artists within.

Upstairs is Cottrill’s gallery rivaling or exceeding many small art museums. It showcases his entire body of work in a very spacious open floor setting with an abundance of natural light pouring in to highlight pieces atop white pedestals in a way that accents each piece with incredible visuals.

To completely appreciate the process involved in Cottrill’s works, visitors should make a side trek to the nearby Coopermill Bronzeworks, a bronze foundry, to see what takes place between Cottrill’s first floor studio/workshop and his second floor gallery.

There are many factors to consider when affixing a value or price to an original bronze sculpture produced by Cottrill. Size and composition are usually dominant factors. Delivery, installation and deadline are some of the other many factors that are considered. A large piece usually requires Cottrill to create a reduced scale maquette. Then the client can see the piece and approve it before the full-scale work is initiated. A model is not usually produced for smaller pieces and life size busts. Depending on the work, Cottrill’s commission may range from $2,000 - $40,000+. Some projects have exceeded $200,000.

Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio & Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m (Other times may be obtained by appointment). It is located at 110 S. Sixth St. in Zanesville, OH  43701. For more information, call 740-453-9822 or see www.alancottrill.com.

Excerpt from November 2008 edition of OhioTraveler by Frank R. Satullo

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ALLEN MEMORIAL ART MUSEUM
(Admission to the museum is Free)
 

The Allen Memorial Art Museum was founded in 1917. Today, it’s ranked among the finest college and university collections in the U.S. The collection contains more than 13,000 works of art that span history. 

The buildings that house the art museum are eclectic architectural beauties. Part of the complex was built in 1917. It was designed by Cass Gilbert, and represent Tuscan Renaissance and Midwestern Vernacular architectural styles. The 1977 addition was designed in Orthodox Modernist style by Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates. 

The museum also offers Tuesday Teas (for FREE) during the academic year.

On the second Tuesday of the month, join the company of others (no registration required) and learn more about the collection. Talks begin at 2:30 p.m.

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BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART
(Admission is Free)
 

Always on view permanent collection of American masterpieces from four centuries:  Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Fitz Hugh Lane, Georgia O'Keefe, Chuck Close and many more. The Beecher Center is the south wing of The Butler Institute of  American Art and includes exhibitions of digital media--holograms, laser light pieces, video and other installation works. The Henry Luce Digital Archive has searchable databases of archive material in house and online.  The Hopper Library houses the Butler's reading (non-lending) library of art books. 

Salem Branch: 

This facility was designed by architect Robert Buchanan and is housed in a refurbished historic building on the city’s main street. The Butler Salem offers a three part program: shows of regional talent, works from the Butler collection, and exhibits of works by nationally-known contemporary American artists. 

Trumbull Branch: 

This facility was designed by architect Thomas Schroth, and was built specifically for the Butler Institute.  A three-part program features shows of regional talent, works from the Butler collection, and exhibits of internationally-known contemporary painters and sculptors. 

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CANTON MUSEUM OF ART

(Admission: Adults $6.00; Students, Seniors $4.00, children under 12 FREE)
 

The Canton Museum of Art is located inside the Cultural Center for the Arts, just north of downtown Canton, OH.  The museum's permanent collection is extensive and focuses on American watercolor and contemporary ceramics.  Traveling national and regional exhibits are frequently featured.  Past exhibitions have included  Art of the Rainforest, Andrew Wyeth's Helga Paintings, Bing Davis: On the Shoulders of Ancestors, Clyde Singer's America and Kimono As Art: The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota.  The Canton Museum of Art presents a number of different programs and art classes for all ages, as well as special events.

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CHADWICK ARBORETUM

The Ohio State University Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens has extensively planted gardens in three locations. Our most ornamental gardens are found in front of Howlett and Kottman Halls and are known as the Learning Gardens. These feature an extensive collection of perennials, annuals, tropicals, trial plantings, container gardens, dwarf conifers, wildflower plantings and more. The second ­ and most well-known ­ garden is our 14-acre garden along Lane Avenue between Fyffe Road and Olentangy River Road. This garden features the van Wade Hosta Collection, a conifer collection, many woody trees and shrubs, and the labyrinth garden with a replica of the 11-circuit labyrinth from Chartres Cathedral in France. Our Arboretum North site, which is located just west of the Bill Davis Baseball Stadium on Fred Taylor Drive, features a two-acre pond and a collection of 1,000 trees native to Ohio, a willow collection and the Ohio 4-H Center, which is Ohio States first green building. All gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk. Current events are listed on the web site at chadwickarboretum.osu.edu/.

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CHAMBER POT GALLERY
(Admission is Free)

The Chamberpot Gallery is a new and very unique art gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Two local artists, Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktarolgu, came up with the idea of showcasing local artists work in one of the busiest spots in town, the public restroom. The gallery is located inside the bathrooms of the replica 1880 train station that is also home to the “Chamber of Commerce.”  Thousands of visitors already stop at this delightful train station that sits on the Little Miami Scenic bike trail. The restrooms are listed in the Bathroom Diaries as being excellent, but now they have the added bonus of fine art. It is a loo with a view where one can meet nature’s call AND enjoy a lovingly curated art space.

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CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM
(Admission is Free. Parking: $4 unless a museum member)

Founded in 1881, the Cincinnati Art Museum features an unparalleled encyclopedic art collection of more than 60,000 works spanning 6,000 years. Of particular focus is the acclaimed Cincinnati Wing, which showcases the rich cultural history of the Queen City with over 400 works by local artists. The Art Museum hosts several national and international exhibitions each year in addition to a variety of cultural events and educational programs for children, adults, and teachers. General admission is always free for all and the Art Museum is open six days a week, making greater Cincinnati’s most treasured cultural asset accessible to everyone. Note: Strollers are allowed in the Art Museum and are also offered FREE of charge at the main entrance.  

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CINCINNATI CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM CENTER

(Museum admission is free on Monday evenings after 5pm)

 

  • Galleries Open Monday 10am - 9pm, Wednesday-Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am - 6pm and closed Tuesday (CAC Store is open Tuesday 11am-6pm)

  • Location: (Map It) 44 East 6th Street Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Phone: 513-345-8400

Founded in 1939, the CAC was one of the first institutions in the United States dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art.  True to its roots, the museum continues to showcase "the art of the last five minutes."  As the R&D arm of the art industry, this is where you can explore and discover new frontiers, be challenged by provocateurs and feed your creativity.  The museum's Zaha Hadid-designed building sets the stage for the next generation of taste-makers.  Come to the CAC be a witness to history-in-the-making. The CAC provides many different ways to encounter contemporary art. Consistently voted a favorite by Cincinnati Magazine readers, the famous UnMuseum is an entire floor dedicated to play and interactive learning with the most innovative art of our time. The lobby is open 7 days a week for the public's use, and the CAC Store (also open 7 days a week) offers shoppers the best wares in contemporary art and design from around the world and around the corner.

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CIVIC GARDEN CENTER OF GREATER CINCINNATI

(Admission is Free)

 

The Civic Garden Center delivers education in horticulture to children, adults and communities throughout the Cincinnati region. It has a library with more than 2,000 books about gardening and floral topics as well as videos and other resources. The Center has been instrumental in beautifying Greater Cincinnati with its urban gardening projects which have turned some 50 neglected properties into community gardens. Contact the Center to learn more about these neighborhood gardens and other botanical creations the Center has established around the area.

The Civic Garden Center is committed to a new project, The Green Learning Station, converting an old gas station on the property to a sustainability demonstration site.  The Station’s mission is to educate and inspire school children and their families, developers, builders, home buyers and public officials to incorporate green technology into their residences, businesses and public spaces.    The goal is for the site to be net-zero; that is, it’ll produce as much clean water and energy as is  consumed by the Center from public utilities.  The site will include a green roof, rainbarrels, cisterns, constructed wetland, raingardens, a platinum LEED certified building, porous pavers, wind turbine and other examples of renewable energy sources.  It will also have the capability to be monitored via the web 24/7 and data can be accessed from remote locations. 

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CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
(Admission rates range from $3 - $8.50)

Step into a world of beauty and wonder.  Cleveland Botanical Garden boasts some of the finest Gardens in the entire Midwest.  Here are 10 beautifully landscaped acres of formal and natural gardens – each one a gem, each with its own distinct personality.  The Rose Garden is a delight.  The Japanese Garden is enchanting.  The Children’s Garden is fun.  And the terrace – with its fountain and lily pond – is an inspiring location for al fresco dining during the warm months. 

The Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse, which opened in 2003, is an 18,000 square foot, crystalline conservatory – the only one of its kind.  Open year-round, the Glasshouse is home to two of the world’s most exotic, fragile and unique environments:  the spiny desert of Madagascar and the lush, butterfly-filled cloud forest of Costa Rica. The Glasshouse may be the best butterfly house in Ohio!  It features hundreds of exotic, beautiful butterflies flown in directly from Costa Rica every week of the year. The butterflies will make you and your friends of all ages smile with delight. With more than 350 species of plants and 50 species of animals, the Glasshouse is a dazzling journey across continents and an immersion in the unusual.

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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CLEVELAND (MOCA)
(Admission: $4/adult and $3/senior)
 

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland is a unique and dynamic place for the visual art of our time. We challenge, inspire and teach a wide range of audiences. Our purpose is to push the boundaries of innovation, creativity and exploration through exhibitions, publications, education and outreach programs.  In fulfilling its mission, MOCA Cleveland strives to enrich the cultural life of the community.  We bring the latest and most important developments in contemporary art to Cleveland.  Through broad-based programs that reflect artistic and cultural diversity, MOCA celebrates national and international artistic achievements while recognizing the contributions of artists from the region.

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CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART

(Admission is Free)

 

The Cleveland Museum of Art is a leader in the international art world and offers many rich and diverse community, cultural and educational programming for the northeast Ohio area. Established in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever,” the museum is one of the world’s most distinguished and comprehensive art museums with the objective of reaching the broadest possible audience.

It also has rotating collections (collections that are not on permanent display) because pieces may be sensitive to light or may be too fragile. Additional collections are also rotated in and out of the galleries throughout the year.

The Cleveland Museum of Art also offers many programs such as “If These Walls Could Talk,” which features multicultural stories told by storytellers for FREE. Stories are told at 2:30 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.

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COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART

($12/Adult, $8/Senior 60 and over and Students 18 and over, $5/Student age 6-17 and free kids 5 and under)

FREE ON SUNDAYS

 

The Columbus Museum of Art features works from its excellent collection of impressionists, German expressionists, cubists, American modernists, and contemporary art. The museum also includes works by Degas, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Cassatt, Bellows, Demuth, Hopper, Marin, and O'Keeffe. Visitors may also take a stroll through the Russell Page Sculpture Garden or explore the world of photography in the Ross Photography Center. Families with children may also want to visit the interactive exhibit Eye Spy: Adventures in Art. In addition, there is a continuous program of national and international traveling exhibitions displayed at the museum.

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COWAN POTTERY MUSEUM

at Rocky River Public Library 
(Admission is Free)

 

The Cowan Pottery Museum has more than 1,200 pieces of R. Guy Cowan and other artists, the largest publicly-owned Cowan collection in the world. It is significant in American cultural history because it bridged a transition from the arts and crafts movement to the modernist or art deco movement. Cowan pottery was produced between 1912 and 1931 first in Lakewood, Ohio and then in Rocky River, Ohio. The museum opened in 1978 with a collection of 800 pieces purchased from private collector John Brodbeck. 

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COX ARBORETUM METROPARK

(Admission is Free)

 

Featuring 189 acres of gardens and nature, the Cox experience is a hands-on adventure in horticulture. Highlights include The Edible Landscape garden, Butterfly Meadow and House, Shrub Garden with more than 500 different trees & shrubs, Water Garden & Rock Garden, Wildflower Garden, and 3.5 miles of walking trails.

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DAWES ARBORETUM

(Admission is Free)

 

This arboretum covers over 1,800 acres of trees, history and nature. What was begun in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes to demonstrate the value of woody plants grown in epic proportions to become a showcase of plant collections and plethora of educational experiences. Some of the collections visitors will find are the crab apples, conifers, oaks, azaleas and hollies. The grounds are accessible by an almost five-mile auto route and more than eight miles of hiking trails. Some feature attractions and visitor favorites are include the remarkable cypress swamp, renowned Japanese Bonsai Garden and hedge lettering that spells out "Dawes Arboretum."

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THE DAYTON ART INSTITUTE

(Admission is FREE)

 

One of the nation’s finest mid-sized art museums, The Dayton Art Institute features an encyclopedic collection of more than 27,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of art history. Highlights include the museum’s outstanding Asian collection, 17th century Baroque paintings, 18th and 19th century American art, and contemporary art collection. In addition to its diverse collection, the museum features world-class special exhibitions, a wide variety of educational programs, and an interactive, family-oriented Experiencenter gallery.

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DECORATIVE ARTS CENTER OF OHIO
(Admission is free)
 

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.”  

These are the words of William Morris, 19th century British craftsman, designer, writer and poet, and a founder of the Arts and Craft movement. This movement refers to the efforts of a group of craftsmen, artists, designers and architects who first aimed to raise the status of the applied arts to that of the fine arts in 1877 in England. Today in Lancaster, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio fosters knowledge, enjoyment and appreciation of the American decorative arts and supports the work of present day Ohio craftsmen and artisans. 

In the Gift Shop, which is housed in the original dining room of the Reese-Peters House, visitors can purchase original work by Ohio artists and choose from many kinds of American decorative arts gifts.

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FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY
& BOTANICAL GARDENS
 

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Admission: Adults $12, Seniors and students $9, Children 3-17 $6 , Members and children under 2 are free.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a premier horticultural and educational institution showcasing more than 400 plant species and special exhibitions. The Conservatory offers beautiful and diverse climates including an arid Desert, a tropical Rainforest, a cool Himalayan Mountain, and a lush Pacific Island Water Garden. Franklin Park surrounds the Conservatory and provides 88 acres of landscaped gardens and green space.  The Conservatory owns a signature collection of Dale Chihuly glass artwork and its annual exhibits include Blooms and Butterflies, the Orchid Forest and Holidays at the Conservatory. The Conservatory also offers a gift shop and café and parking is free.

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K-12 GALLERY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
(Admission is Free)

This gallery, founded by Executive Director Jerri Stanard and run by a non-profit arts organization, offers space to local artists and Dayton-area schoolchildren in a colorful, eclectic building in the heart of downtown Dayton. Many of the pieces on display are for sale and the profits are split between the artists (young and old) and the gallery (for gallery support and programming.)  

The gallery also offers field trips, art camps, art parties, workshops, art classes, and special events, all for the purpose of encouraging creativity in the young artists and gallery visitors. Look for the store with the bright red doors and enjoy an art gallery meant for kids and the young at heart. And while you’re there, buy something fun, like a tribal mask or a funny-faced clay fish (my personal favorite).

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HOLDEN ARBORETUM
(Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, and free for children ages five and under. 
Admission is also free for seniors on Tuesdays) 

The Holden Arboretum houses a variety of themed gardens both for display and research.  The Butterfly garden is stocked with many colorful flowers, such as the purple coneflower, bee-balm, and catmint, which will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  The park offers many different guided tours that give visitors the opportunity to follow trained horticulturists through one-of-a-kind gardens, special collections, and natural areas.  The arboretum also offers a variety of historical tours throughout the grounds.

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INNISWOOD METRO GARDENS
(Admission is Free)
 

As one of Ohio’s sixteen metro parks, Inniswood Metro Gardens, located in central Ohio near Westerville offers 121 acres of beautiful wildlife and plants. With over two miles of walking trails and ten distinctive landscape gardens, Inniswood is home to more than 2,000 species of plants to enjoy and discover. This scenic nature preserve wsa originally the grounds of Grace and Mary Innis’ estate before they donated their home and property to the Ohio Metro Parks. Tours of the Innis sister’s former estate are also available to visitors. Inniswood Metro Garden guests of any age can take enjoyment in this Metro Park’s unique collection of beautiful plants, flowers, streams, ponds and its charming woodlands.

 

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KENNEDY MUSEUM OF ART

(Admission is Free)

 

Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University houses such noteworthy collections as the Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection of jewelry and weavings, a renowned contemporary print collection, and an eclectic mix of smaller collections including paintings, sculpture, ceramics and African masks and artifacts.

The Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University focuses its collections on works of art that it has the resources and capabilities to house, preserve and study. The museum is an integral part of the educational, research and public service missions of the university. And its purpose is to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the region by exhibiting quality national and international exhibitions, collection-based research and diverse formal and informal learning opportunities.

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KINGWOOD CENTER

(Admission is $5.00 per car admission fee from mid April through mid October.
Buses, limos, pedestrians etc. are also subject to admission fees
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Visitors will enjoy the elegant gardens, grounds and historic buildings of this former estate of industrialist Charles Kelley King. A massive spring flower display begins the season with tulips, daffodils, flowering trees and much more. Gardens of all sorts entertain visitors throughout the growing season and a large display of annuals bring abundant color to the gardens throughout the summer. A greenhouse offers unique displays and a special plant buying opportunity. The gardens are intertwined by woodlands with relaxing walking trails throughout the 47 acre estate. Kids love to feed the ducks a the duck pond and the peacocks that roam the property. Mr. King's mansion is available for touring by appointment and at Christmas when it is decorated for the season. A new feature of Kingwood's is the hosting of weddings which can be held in the gardens or in one of several indoor locations.

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KROHN CONSERVATORY

(Admission is $4 for Adults and $2 for Children 5-12 years old)

 

One of Cincinnati’s treasures, the Krohn Conservatory features Bonsai, Conservatory, Orchid, Tropical and Perennial gardens and nature collections. The total collection represents more than 1,000 different species of plants from rainforests to deserts.  Floral shows are free of charge with the exception of the butterfly show .  The best time to visit the Conservatory is in the summer to experience the annual Butterfly Show.  Over 10,000 butterflies are invited to invade the Conservatory and fly freely around for visitors to get an up close and personal look at a remarkable collection of butterflies. The Butterfly Show has a different theme every year such as “Flowers with Wings, The Butterflies of India” featuring butterlies from around the world.  Click here for the annual Butterfly Show information.  Admission is $6 for Adults, $5 for Seniors and $4 for Children for the butterfly show. 

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LICKING COUNTY ART GALLERY

(Admission is Free)

 

The Licking County Art Gallery schedules shows featuring local artists.

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MIAMI UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM
(Admission is Free) 

The Miami University Art Museum, completed in 1978 was designed by Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Chicago, and is situated on three acres of scenic sculpture park grounds. We house five galleries of changing exhibitions and a growing permanent collection of approximately 16,000 artworks.

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MOUNT AIRY FOREST AND ARBORETUM

(Admission is Free)

 

Mount Airy is said to be the first municipal reforestation project in the country and is still the nations largest municipal park. More than one million trees were planted across approximately 1,500 acres in the early Twentieth Century. The Arboretum Center is a one-story brick building reflecting the architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright – although he was not the architect. It displays magnolias, azaleas, lilacs, dwarf conifers, rhododendrons and perennial gardens. The grounds cover a wide-array of landscape ranging from rolling hills, valleys, streams, gardens, woods and wildlife. The park also has many other out buildings, including picnic shelters and a handicapped accessible treehouse. One point of interest is the Garden Totem greeting visitors. It is an abstract sculpture of inspired plant forms made of stainless steel.

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MUSEUM OF ANCIENT SCULPTURE
at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum 

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum features the only known Museum of Ancient Sculpture in the world. The 10,000 square-foot Museum of Ancient Sculpture will feature four galleries showcasing 70 original pieces from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Mesopotamia. The Museum will place visitors in “ancient” surroundings with its unique architecture resembling ancient Rome and Greek villas. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum is a 265-acre park with over 80 pieces of monumental art. Visitors, picnickers, and art-lovers are welcome to roam the park by foot, in an “art cart”, or by car. Butler County, located in Southwest Ohio in the Cincinnati-Dayton corridor, is The Destination Designed for You ! For more information about the Museum of Ancient Sculpture and Butler County, contact the Butler County Visitors Bureau at 888-462-2282 or go to www.destinationbutlercounty.com.

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PARK OF ROSES

(Admission is Free)

 

This 13-acre treasure of Columbus contains more than 11,000 rose bushes covering more than 350 varieties of roses. It is one of the largest municipal rose gardens in the U.S. In addition, the park has herb, perennial and daffodil gardens as well. The daffodil garden features 1,000 varieties. The best times of the year to visit are the middle of June or the middle of September to really take in the breath-taking beauty as the roses are in full bloom. Several events take place annually including musical programs in the evenings throughout the summer and an annual rose festival in June.

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PYRAMID HILL SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM
(Admission is Tuesday through Friday: $8 for adults, $1.50 for children 5-12,
and free for children 4 and under)
 

Pyramid Hill is an outdoor park and museum of 265 acres.  The park uses natural galleries to present its artwork and has a unique combination of the designed and the natural.  The park mostly focuses on monumental pieces of sculpture and uses the meadows, forests, and gardens as the setting.  The park offers bus and hiking tours as well as picnic facilities.  In addition to the various pieces of art and the surrounding natural setting the park also features a historic stone house built by pioneers.  The park also holds an annual art fair along with an annual holiday lights display that runs from Thanksgiving through New Years.

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Ohio Arts Council's
RIFFE GALLERY

(Admission is Free)
 

The Riffe Gallery showcases work of  Ohio artists and curators, and the collections of museums and galleries throughout the state. The Riffe Gallery is operated by the Ohio Art Council.

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ROCKEFELLER PARK, GARDENS AND GREENHOUSE

(Admission is Free)

 

Come see the garden than talks. This four acres of gardens and show houses has recorded descriptions of the plants around. And visitors are urged to touch and smell the foliage. Outdoor gardens include Japanese and Peach gardens and seasonal displays. Indoors, you’ll find a water garden, tropical plants, fruits and seasonal flowers. In addition, there’s a cactus House, Fern Room and much more.

Nearby are the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Visitors may drive or walk through some 25 gardens representing different nationalities. These landscape treasures are each distinctive in their own way and commemorate the city’s ethnic diversity.

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ROMANIAN ETHNIC ART MUSEUM

(Admission is Free)

 

The museum is housed in the Hall of St. Mary’s Church and is only open for guided tours by appointment. Inside, visitors will see wonderful displays of folk costumes, beads and sequins, carved wood and ceramics, sculptures and paintings, religious icons and ecclesiastical vestments and accessories. In addition there is a historical photo-book and other pieces.

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SECREST ARBORETUM

(Admission is Free)  

The Secrest Arboretum was begun in 1909 by Edmund Secrest, who was interested in the study of various trees. Over the years, trees of many types were planted in the Arboretum, including the largest collection of crabapples in the nation.  Rhododendrons of various types and colors line the drive, and a large rose garden with over 500 varieties is there as well.  The arboretum was one of the first places in the United States to plant a Dawn Redwood in the 1940's, and it has grown into a magnificent specimen.  Guided tours are available, or you may wander through the gardens on a self-guided tour.  Please keep in mind that this property is part of a university and you may encounter groups of students at any time.  No pets are permitted, and the college would rather that you eat in Wooster, and not on the arboretum property.   

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SPRINGFIELD ART MUSEUM

(Admission is $5/person)

 

The Springfield Museum of Art has seven galleries. Its permanent collection includes paintings, drawings and sculptures featuring 19th and 20th century American, European and Ohio artists. The museum also has about 12 changing exhibits annually. These exhibits address contemporary and historical issues and encourage critical understanding of the visual arts.

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STEUBENVILLE CITY OF MURALS
(free maps available at Visitors Center)
 

See the City of Steubenville's history painted on outside walls in larger-than-life proportions. Instead of turning the pages of a book, you need only turn a corner to come face to face with stories of the past.  See all twenty-five murals painted in Downtown Steubenville and Hollywood Plaza, including the mural of Steubenville celebrity, Dean Martin.  Maps for self-guided tours are available at Steubenville CVB office.  The Steubenville CVB can also coordinate a step-on tour guide for motorcoach tours of the murals. 

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STRANAHAN ARBORETUM

(Admission is Free)

 

This 47-acre site features an excellent collection of rare trees, ravine, wetlands and restored prairie. The best times of year to visit are May to see the wildflowers in full bloom and October to see the autumn colors. The more than 1,500 trees include a variety of North American pine, oak, maple and buckeye. However, more interesting trees from China, Japan, Norway and Serbia are also prevalent. The arboretum is run by the University of Toledo and is located within the Oak Openings sand dune region. Appropriately, peaks of old sand dunes are still visible above the forest’s undergrowth.

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STUDIO OF 5 RINGS

Like life, art is multi-faceted.  Studio of 5 Rings is a unique, multi-media venue of art.  It is Downtown Cleveland's only Winery and Art Gallery - bringing art and wine together the way they were meant to be. The art gallery is also combined with a martial arts studio for a full art experience, visually and physically. 

In addition to offering Cleveland some of the area's most talented artists, the Studio of 5 Rings also provides a selection of excellent wines made right at the gallery.  It is downtown Cleveland's only winery.  They bring in California grapes and ferment them into five delicious varietals. Their New York loft-style gallery provides a great setting to enjoy meaningful art works with a glass of fine wine.  The connection between art and wine has been well established, and they have brought the two together under one roof.

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TAFT MUSEUM OF ART
(Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and FREE for children under 18)

Built in 1820, this National Historic Landmark is known as one of the finest small art museums in America. The Federal period building is home to nearly 700 works of art, including European and American paintings by masters such as Rembrandt, Sargent, Turner, Hals, and Whistler; Chinese porcelains; and European decorative arts.  

The Taft Museum of Art reopened in May 2004 after a 2-1/2 year, $22.8 million renovation and expansion. The renovated and expanded Museum houses new amenities including a parking garage, a new special exhibitions gallery, a performance/lecture facility, intimate café, expanded museum shop, and redesigned garden. The expansion nearly doubles the Museum’s size.

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TEMPLE MUSEUM OF RELIGIOUS ART

(Admission is Free)

 

The Temple Museum is the fourth oldest museum of Judaica in the country. Founded in 1950, it now has one of the most prominent and comprehensive collections of religious and Judaic art. Its collections include antique Torah hangings used in European synagogues that date to the seventeenth century; silver Torah ornaments, antiquities and household pottery from the Holy Land region dating from 2000 B.C.E. to Roman times; fold art objects made and used by Jews in many countries; many historic documents, manuscripts and bibles; and a collection of sculptures, paintings and lithographs by famous Jewish artists.

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TOLEDO BOTANICAL GARDEN

(Admission is Free)

 

Gardens and meadows cover some 57-acres of land where a variety of plant life thrive, including wildflowers and roses. This botanical garden is actually a series of different gardens within a garden. The feature sights include a greenhouse, village garden, shade garden, and herb garden with a wonderful fragrance wafting in the breeze. It also features a pioneer garden, vegetable and flower gardens, and perennials. Other points of interest are the outdoor sculpture collection and artists studios and galleries. Lastly, there is a café and gift shop for visitors to relax and enjoy.

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TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART

(Admission is Free)

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OPEN YOUR EYES TO ART  

Venture to the Toledo Museum of Art to experience one of the finest and most diverse collections of artwork in the country. Discover treasures ranging from ancient Egypt to contemporary art, including glass, sculpture, European and American painting, African and Asian art, graphic arts, and decorative arts. 

ADMISSION
Admission to the Museum is FREE. Some special exhibitions or events may require purchased tickets. 

LOCATION
(Map It)
2445 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH

TOURS
The Museum schedules free public tours weekly. Visit www.toledomuseum.org for times and topics.
To schedule a special group tour for 10 or more people, call 419-255-8000, ext. 7352.

SHOPPING
The Museum Store featuring Collector’s Corner features a selection of unique merchandise and specialty gifts inspired by the TMA collection, and exclusive items developed in tandem with its Glass Pavilion. Collector’s Corner is a sales gallery of original, signed works of art by more then 250 emerging and established regional artists.

DINING
The Museum Café offers signature sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts. Begin your visit with a tasty treat, or take a break from the galleries for refreshment.

PARKING
Parking is free for members and $5 for non-members. 

ACCESSIBILITY
The Museum galleries are wheelchair accessible. Strollers are permitted in galleries. 

HOURS
Tuesday – Thursday 10 am - 4 pm
Friday 10 am - 10 pm,
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm,
Sunday from Noon - 6 pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays

FOR MORE INFORMATION
419-255-8000 (tdd) or 800-644-6862 (tdd)
www.toledomuseum.org
information@toledomuseum.org

HISTORY & FACT SHEET 

The Toledo Museum of Art was founded April 18, 1901. More than a century later, TMA is considered one of the finest Museum’s in the country, both for quality and the comprehensiveness of its collection. Thanks to the benevolence of its founders, as well as the continued support of its members, the Toledo Museum of Art remains a privately-endowed, non-profit institution and opens its collection to the public—free of charge—six days a week. 

The TMA collection transcends temporal, geographical, and cultural boundaries. More than 30,000 works of art represent American and European painting, the history of art in glass, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Asian and African art, medieval art, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, and Modern and contemporary art. To accommodate the ever-growing collection and demand for art education, the Museum campus has grown exponentially since its founding. From its humble first exhibition space in two rented rooms, the Museum has grown to cover approximately 32 acres with six buildings. 


QUICK FACTS
 

·       The Museum is located just west of the downtown business district and one block off I-75 (exit designations are posted).

·       Admission is free to the public.

·       The Main Museum interior contains 4½ acres of floor space on two levels.

·       The 74,000-square-foot Glass Pavilion is home to TMA’s world-renowned glass collection, featuring more than 5,000 works of art from ancient to contemporary times.

·       The Museum has 45 galleries, 15 class studios, the 1,710-seat Peristyle concert hall, the 176-seat Little Theater lecture hall, the Community Learning Resource Center, the Family Center, the Visual Resources Collection, the Museum Café, the Museum Store, and Collector’s Corner, which sells original artwork.  

 

MILESTONES 

1901—Toledo Museum of Art is founded. The Museum has 120 members and a collection consisting of a mummified cat and two paintings.

1912—The Museum’s new Monroe Street building opens. The classical Greek style of the Museum architecture employs Ionic columns on the entrance façades.

1919—The Museum creates the School of Design and provides traditional studio art classes and practical design classes to adults and children.

1933—The Peristyle concert hall and the two new wings open with a gala featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra.

1962—The Studio Glass Movement is born at a workshop in a garage on Museum grounds, proving that glass could be worked in a studio setting.

1992—The University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts opens. This 51,000-square-foot building was designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry. The CVA houses the UT Department of Art, studios, an art reference library, and gallery space.

June 2001—The Museum dedicates the Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden on Monroe Street. Twenty-two sculptures and landscaped green spaces expand the Museum experience to the outdoors.

August 2006—The Glass Pavilion is publicly inaugurated. Located on Monroe Street facing the main Museum, the Pavilion houses TMA’s extensive collection of glass art, as well as state-of-the-art glassmaking facilities, meeting spaces, and a coffee bar. All exterior walls and most interior walls are made entirely of curved glass panels. 

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TOPIARY GARDEN

(Admission is Free)

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Article from a past edition of OhioTraveler by Frank R. Satullo, The OhioTraveler

Wouldn’t it be really cool to walk into a painting and be a part of it? You could check things out three dimensionally to see what the other side looks like.   

How about a famous painting? Let’s say, for example, Georges Seurat’s 1887 A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte, which is a depiction of people gathering on a Sunday afternoon at the Seine River in Paris. The original is shown at the Art Institute of Chicago. But the version in downtown Columbus, Ohio offers a totally different experience.

In downtown Columbus' Old Deaf School Park, artist James T. Mason created the only topiary garden in existence based on a work of art. Elaine Mason was the first of many topiarists to trim and meticulously maintain the living topiaries of 54 people, eight boats, three dogs, a monkey and cat. The seven-acre sanctuary is not only a destination for art and nature lovers, but it is perfect for picnics, walks, playing board games, or even tossing a little Frisbee. 

Take a stroll to the top of the hill overlooking the masterpiece. There, you’ll see a bronze easel and picture of the original painting by Seurat, who invented the technique of pointillism, using dots of color to create light. Take a step back and see the 3-D version of the picture unveil itself before your very eyes. The tallest topiary is 12-feet. This provides depth from the vantage point atop the hill to keep all the figures in proportion as seen in the bronze relief.  

Walk around the landscape and take pictures. Roll out a blanket and catch a nap. This park is everything a park should be. It is meant for a lazy afternoon. Find a shade tree or tall topiary and be still. The breeze, the birds, the flowers will all take hold as you breathe deeper until you feel cleansed.  

The Topiary Park Museum Shop and Visitors Center is housed in a chateau-style building. It offers restrooms, drinking fountains, and museum store. It is furnished in period décor. It is open April through December on Thursdays 11 am – 3 pm, Fridays 11:30 am – 3 pm, weekends 11 am – 4 pm.  

The park and Topiary Garden are always free and open daily from dawn to dusk. You may enter at 480 E. Town Street, which is a block south of the Columbus Museum of Art. More information is available by calling 614-645-0197 or visiting topiarygarden.org.  

The neighborhood around has beautiful grand old mansions with lovely architecture. But to park on the street requires feeding the meter unless it’s an evening or a Sunday afternoon on the isle of topiary.  

Article from a past edition of OhioTraveler by Frank R. Satullo, The OhioTraveler

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WASSENBERG ART CENTER
(Admission is Free) 

The Wassenberg Art Center, of Van Wert, created by the prestigious Wassenberg family in 1961 presents an average of eight unique exhibits every year. And to Charles Wassenberg’s wishes, these exhibits are all free to the public. Wassenberg Art Center hosts around eight shows per year and their major show in June. These shows feature pieces from local artists of the Ohio and Indiana area. The Wassenberg has also hosted a camera club at the art center for several decades. Additionally, the center also provides workshops and classes throughout the year for adults and children.

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WEGERZYN GARDENS & HORTICULTURE CENTER

(Admission is Free)

 

The Miami Valley’s Five Rivers Metroparks in Southwest Ohio is home to the Wegerzyn Gardens and Horticulture Center. It features Victorian, English, Federal and Children’s Rose gardens and has a boardwalk that allows visitors to see rivers and forest. In addition, there is a Reception Lawn amidst a wall of pine trees, a nature trail allowing people to see wild natural habitats for plant life and wildlife. Also, a scenic river bikeway and a learning center are nearby. The learning center offers opportunities to obtain instructional insight regarding home landscaping, gardening and floral craft making. One of the main attractions is the Children’s Discovery Garden, which includes a preschool area, two ponds, individual garden plots, wildlife area, perennial and rock gardens.

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WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS
(Admission is Free only on Thursdays after 5:00 p.m.)

 

The Wexner Center opened in 1989 and is now one of the few multidisciplinary contemporary arts centers in the country. Although it was originally conceived as a research laboratory for all of the arts, it emphasizes commissions for new works and artist residencies. Its multidisciplinary programs encompass performing arts, exhibitions, media arts and worldwide cutting-edge culture.

The Wexner exhibitions feature art and ideas of an international array of contemporary artists working in a range of media including painting, sculpture, architecture, photography and multimedia installations.

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ZANESVILLE MUSEUM OF ART
(Admission varies)

In a newly expanded building on a wooded site two miles north of Interstate #70, the Zanesville Museum of Art’s 12 galleries feature European and American paintings, sculpture, glass, graphic arts, Asian and African arts. Major traveling and temporary exhibits. The Paul Diamond Pottery Gallery offers the largest public collection of Ohio pottery.

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