Treasures of the Past: Cincinnati’s Historic Art, 1800-1930 opens April 20, premiere reception April 19
CINCINNATI – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
About First Financial Bancorp
First Financial Bancorp is a Cincinnati, Ohio based bank holding company. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had $6.7 billion in assets, $4.0 billion in loans, $5.6 billion in deposits and $712 million in shareholders’ equity. The Company’s subsidiary, First Financial Bank, N.A., founded in 1863, provides banking and financial services products through its three lines of business: commercial, retail and wealth management. The commercial and retail units provide traditional banking services to business and consumer clients. First Financial Wealth Management provides wealth planning, portfolio management, trust and estate, brokerage and retirement plan services and had approximately $2.3 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2011. The Company’s strategic operating markets are located in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky where it operates 136 banking centers. Additional information about the Company, including its products, services and banking locations is available at www.bankatfirst.com.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution as well as national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, Museum Center was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Our Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within Cincinnati Museum Center include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, Cincinnati Museum Center welcomes one million plus visitors annually. Cincinnati Museum Center gratefully acknowledges operating and capital support from the taxpayers of Hamilton County and the State of Ohio. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.