The College of Mount St. Joseph is opening an art gallery in 1,300 square feet on the first floor of The Flats, a renovated 100-year-old building at the corner of Price and Hawthorne Avenues. Mount staff and students will operate the renovated storefront which will be called the Flats Gallery - A College of Mount St. Joseph Urban Arts Partnership. The gallery will be used for exhibitions including Mount faculty and student work, regional artists, community collaborations, and for special events such as lectures and recitals. The gallery will open to the public on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 in conjunction with the Cultural Heritage Festival with an exhibition of aMount art nd design faculty.
The Mount signed a three-year lease at the property owned by KB Partners Management, an investment partnership spearheaded by Bill Burwinkel, a local businessman who is one of the leaders in revitalizing the historic incline district. The Flats Gallery will be the most recent addition to the revitalized incline district. It joins the Corner Bloc Coffeehouse, soon-to-open Incline House Restaurant and the Warsaw Gallery. The Primavista restaurant is one block away. Cincinnati Landmark Productions has said it is trying to raise $3 million to build a new theatre near the Primavista, which would bring theater-goers to the Incline District.
“We’re very excited the Mount is coming to the Incline District,” said Burwinkel. “Their gallery in the Flats Building will be joining the Warsaw Project Gallery as our arts, entertainment and dining offerings continue to grow.”
"The Mount is proud to be a part of the renaissance of the Price Hill Incline District,” said Tony Aretz, Ph.D., president of the Mount. “This is an exciting opportunity for the Mount’s new gallery to help the momentum that is turning this area into a designated community and entertainment district.”
The Flats Gallery presents an opportunity for the Mount to serve the community. There are plans evolving to engage local artists, educators, students, and residents in art-related discussions and activities.
“The Flats Gallery gives us an opportunity to showcase the very best of the Mount’s talented art community,” said Marge Kloos, SC, dean of the division of arts and humanities. “Just as importantly, we will be focusing on urban arts activities such as projected juried exhibitions for high school students and themed shows that celebrate locally recognized and award-winning artists and designers. This is an incredible opportunity for the Mount students and the Incline District as we develop an urban arts partnership.”
The Flats Gallery will complement the Mount’s Studio San Giuseppe, the on-campus art gallery which is celebrating its 50th anniversary of continuously showcasing professional, faculty and student exhibitions. Studio San Giuseppe most recently featured a touring version of the nationally acclaimed Saint John’s Bible print exhibition and is currently the site of a framed Corot print on loan from the Taft Museum as part of its “Art for All” community exhibition.
The Flats Gallery will have regular hours beginning August 24. Initially, gallery hours will be Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (to coincide with jazz night at the Coffeehouse); Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. Updated hours for the gallery will be posted on the Mount’s website at www.msj.edu.
The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.