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The Red Door Project is a community art show that collects submissions from local artists for exhibition in a different location every three months. Attendees browse and bid on the art while enjoying refreshments from local vendors. June's event was held at Rookwood Pottery Company at 1920 Race Street in Over-the-Rhine. Visit to keep up with future events. / Image: Phil Armstrong, Cincinnati Refined // Published: 7.6.18

Red Door Project Is The Art Show You Need To Start Selling Your Own Work

We all could use a little more art in our lives, right? Sure, you want more art. But aside from some mass-produced large canvas print you were eyeballing at Target, buying art can be intimidating. You’re unsure of your taste. Art is expensive. There’s no return policy.

Luckily for you, there’s Red Door Project.

Once a quarter, a pop-up art gallery opens its doors for a silent auction of locally-made art. The location changes each time, and the art is always different. But I promise you it’s always worth the trip.


Years ago, there was a gallery on Clay Street that would offer up a monthly call-to-artists with an assignment for a silent auction. The first time Barbara Hauser participated, she was living on Milton Street. She took a series of photos of red doors on her street, put them in a frame, painted it red, and called it Milton Red. The piece was sold for $125.

That sell became the inspiration for Barbara’s launch of the Red Door Project years later. “The whole concept is that it's open to anybody, the door is open—it’s about making art accessible, not only for the artist but also for the people that think art has to be so expensive and it has to be these famous people. But anyone can do art and anyone can buy art.”

The location is always changing, but over the course of four years, Red Door Project has been in just about every building on Vine Street. Findlay Market, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, BLDG, The Yoga Bar, the Contemporary Arts Center, and many other spaces have also hosted. And while the location changes each time, so too does the theme of the show.

Last week, Rookwood Pottery hosted Red Door Project with the theme “sculpture.” As an artist myself, I’m always blown away by the various interpretations—there were photos of statues, canvases mounted on reclaimed wood, vases, even this incredible ceramic octopus I’m sad didn’t come home with me.

If you’re an artist looking for an opportunity to get your work in front of people and maybe sell a piece or two, stay on the lookout for the next Red Door Project in collaboration with ArtWorks’ annual fall celebration. And if you’re ready to buy more art, you’ll just have to join the party and make a bid.

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The calls-to-artists and events are posted on Red Door Project's Facebook page.