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Greater Cincinnati Women in the Arts

Greater Cincinnati Women in the Arts

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and passage of the 19th Amendment. While the dynamic women who changed the face of democracy are being honored across the nation, we want to shine a spotlight on the leading women of Greater Cincinnati who have shaped the cultural vitality of our community.

ArtsWave, guided by a committee of women arts executives, chaired by Cincinnati Opera CEO Patty Beggs, will promote and sponsor a variety of artistic collaborations and activities currently under development by the region's major arts organizations.

In addition, ArtsWave plans to publish a book featuring 100 women — both legacy and living — who have helped shape Cincinnati’s arts. These may be artists and visionaries, arts administrators, philanthropists, or pivotal volunteers. They may work or have worked in diverse art forms, including music, theater, dance, visual arts, sculpture, architecture and literature.

To ensure that we tap into the broad range of experience and knowledge about these leading women throughout the Greater Cincinnati region, ArtsWave is sponsoring a candidate nomination process until April 30, 2019. Fill out the form below to nominate a candidate. Nominations are limited to five per person.

Publication is anticipated in early June 2020. All proceeds from the sales of this book will support the ArtsWave Community Campaign.


Cincinnati has benefited from the leadership and innovation of scores of women over the past 100 years. ArtsWave will choose 100 individuals from nominations, seeking to ensure representation of both the diversity of art forms and the diversity of women in our community. We are looking to honor women who have met one or more of these criteria during the past 100 years:

- Started an arts organization
- Supported the arts as a philanthropist
- Produced art
- Promoted the arts and artists through writing 
- Volunteered for arts organizations
- Is/was a collector, mentor and/or arts patron
- Served as chief executive or artistic director of an arts organization

The nomination process will be open until April 30, 2019. Nominations are limited to five per person.

Questions about the project? Contact Kathy Merchant, Project Manager, at

Questions about the nomination process? Contact Krista Bondi at (513) 632-0103 or

The open nomination process is now closed. Thank you to all who have submitted nominations. Publication will be anticipated in June 2020.