A special feature is a temporary presentation of artworks from the museum’s permanent collection or a select arrangement of artworks lent from other institutions, organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum.

A special feature is similar to a special exhibition but is generally smaller and more focused in scope. Some museums call these “focused exhibitions” or “rotations.”


Current Special Features

New World Views

Now–January 6, 2019 | Gallery 106 | Before the photograph there was the vue d’optique. This print genre was popular during the second half of the eighteenth century into the early nineteenth century. 

Mark Fox: Nutzilla

Now–December 30, 2018 | Gallery 105 | This short, light-hearted ‘disaster’ film is part of a series created by Cincinnati-born, now New York-based, artist Mark Fox

Materiality: Contemporary Art in Ceramics, Glass, Fiber and Wood

Now–November 2019 | Gallery 222 | Experience the soulful expression and material mastery achieved in works produced by contemporary artists working in ceramics, glass, fiber and wood. 

Mementos of Affection

Now – November 2018 | Gallery 213 | Before the advent of photography, the painting of a portrait miniature was usually the only time a likeness was made of a person. 


Now–TBD | Exterior Installation | On view now is a large-scale, animated neon installation on the west wall of the French Wing at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

In Praise of Technique: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

Now–December 9, 2018 | Gallery 136 | The latest in an ongoing rotation of loaned and recently accessioned Japanese ceramics, this new display features the work of artists who have mastered techniques from the traditional to the radical.

Centuries of Conflict

Now–December 16, 2018 | Gallery 213 | Over the centuries Western Europe has been the theater of repeated conflicts. Centuries of Conflict examines how artists have responded to the wars they witnessed.  

Coming soon!

How Very Droll: British Caricature

December 18–April 7, 2019 | Gallery 213 | The Golden Age of English satire spanned the 1700s into the 1800s.  In eighteenth century Britain, the noun droll, now fallen out of use, was used to designate social satire.