The Pendleton Art Center describes itself as the home to the world’s largest collection of artists under one roof.
Think about that for a second. If that’s honestly the case, Cincinnati has one of the craziest bragging rights imaginable. And when you walk through each one of its eight floors, you start to believe it’s true; it’s a massive old building filled with unique studio spaces that don’t resemble each other at all. Some are huge, some are the size of glorified closets, some are long and narrow with low ceilings, and some are gigantic with open vertical space and large windows.
It’s like a crazy funhouse without the clowns and really, really good art instead.
Located on Pendleton Street in (yep, you guessed it) Pendleton, it’s open on Final Fridays (i.e. the last Friday of every month) so the public has a chance to glimpse what talented artists are working on, what they have for sale, and what their workspaces looks like.
Pro tip: If you don’t feel like walking around town to experience Final Friday in multiple locations, Pendleton Art Center is your one-stop-shop.
Paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, various mixed media, photography, and tons more are scattered throughout the building, each with the artist themselves waiting patiently for people to wander in and admire his/her work. Oh, and there’s usually free wine and fruit/pretzels/cheese somewhere in each room. It’s like playing art museum ‘Where’s Waldo,’ but Waldo ends up being really, really good alcohol and cheddar when you find him (my favorite kinda Waldo, to be quite honest).
Pendleton Art Center is open to the public every Final Friday. It’s located at 310 Pendleton St, Cincinnati, OH 45202.