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Caroline Woolard & Pedro Reyes Work with Refugee Communities, New Jack Whitten Exhibition in Baltimore & More

Courtesy of Wave Pool, Welcome Editions, 2018.

Wave Pool—the Cincinnati-based contemporary art center built on the ethos that art intersects with community—is taking the lead on employing and empowering local refugee and immigrant women in Ohio through art. Their latest initiative, Welcome Editions, invites nationally recognized artists to design a limited edition art object and then work with refugee and immigrant women to fabricate the pieces. Final works are artist approved and signed, and all profits are then fed back into the growth of the project.

The first round of artists to take part in Welcome Editions include Caroline Woolard, Pedro Reyes, and Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson. Woolard’s work explores the intersections of art and the solidarity economy. After spending a year collaborating with Wave Pool, she worked with the women (the full list of names of whom are available here) to create functional ceramic cups that can also be used as a vessel for a flower, candle, or water-clock. Pedro Reyes’ limited edition continues his practice of creating instruments out of dismantled guns: the artist created a series of flutes made from gun barrels. The edition of seventeen debuted at the March For Our Lives in Cincinnati and a portion of the proceeds will also support the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety.

With the imperative to be functional, affordable, and collectible, Welcome Editions thinks beyond the established binary of the art market to demonstrate how the art community can be a greater catalyst for social engagement, while simultaneously cultivating artistic development and enabling meaningful means of employment.

While browsing Welcome Editions, be sure to check out Art21’s first-ever silent auction featuring work generously donated by nine past and future Art21 artists including Sarah Sze, Raul de Nieves, and Katharina Grosse.

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“My principal commitment as an artist is to return art to the community.”

Over the weekend, Pepón Osorio gave the Lifetime of Artistic Practice Lecture at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Known for his large-scale installations that tackle topics such as access to education, incarceration, and immigration, Osorio stated in Season 1 of Art21’s Place episode, “My principal commitment as an artist is to return art to the community.” Staying true to that commitment, Osorio continues to create works that challenge us to consider art’s potential to enable social engagement.

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