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Rare pieces of Cincinnati fine art on display at Museum Center on April 20

Cincinnati Museum Center presents Treasures of the Past: Cincinnati’s Historic Art, 1800-1930 opens April 20, premiere reception April 19.

Did you know that Cincinnati Museum Center has its very own fine art collection of more than 1,500 beautiful paintings, priceless watercolors, prints, engravings, lithographs and sculptures? These typically unseen works portray the historic artists, citizens, sites and the natural world around Cincinnati and southwest Ohio. Come relive the essence of our community’s heritage with this exclusive look at Museum Center’s fine art collection in the new exhibition, Treasures of the Past: Cincinnati’s Historic Art, 1800-1930!

Opening Friday, April 20, this exhibit shows the progression of our community from a frontier settlement to the thriving urban area which came to be known as the Queen City; a name coined because of Cincinnati’s position as the West’s eye of progression in industrialism and the arts.

“In addition to presenting Cincinnati as a center of art and culture, this exhibit demonstrates the important role that the Queen City played in the development and growth of the region and the United States,” says David Conzett, Cincinnati Museum Center’s curator of historic objects and fine art.

More than forty paintings by Cincinnati artists, Rookwood pottery and related historical artifacts create an exhibit to celebrate our heritage, the spectacular metamorphosis of our city and its widespread impact on the United States. Notable artists and objects in Treasures of the Past include Henry Mosler, Elizabeth Nourse, Caroline Lord, an oil painting of Fountain Square by Louis C. Vogt, a Rookwood Native American tile by Grace Young and several rare 1835 watercolors of Cincinnati scenes by John Caspar Wild.

The generosity of First Financial Bank has helped make this experience available to our community. “Cincinnati has always been a community that has supported arts and culture,” says Mike Cassani, First Financial’s executive vice president and chief wealth management officer. “It’s important that we not only preserve this impressive art collection, but continue to share it with new generations for years to come.”

The exhibit opening will be preceded by a premiere reception, presented by the Cincinnati History Advisory Board, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. The reception will feature drinks and hors d’oeuvres held on Cincinnati Museum Center’s Public Landing, as well as an exclusive premiere viewing of the exhibit. Tickets for the reception are $60 per person and can be reserved by calling (513) 287-7074 or emailing [email protected]. Reservations are requested by April 13.

“After viewing this exhibit, I hope people come away with a better understanding of the remarkable contribution of earlier generations to the rich cultural heritage enjoyed by our community, much of which is housed at CMC,” says Phillip C. Long, board of trustees member and chair of the Collections Committee for Cincinnati Museum Center.

See Treasures of the Past: Cincinnati’s Historic Art, 1800-1930 in the Cincinnati History Museum until August 5. Admission is free for members or included with an All Museums Pass for $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children.

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