FotoFocus Opens New Arts Center in Cincinnati
FotoFocus, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit, has revealed plans for a new arts center in the Queen City, as the southern Ohio metropolis is known. Scheduled to open in 2024, the yet-to-be-built two-story FotoFocus Center will be located in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and will include 14,700 feet of space dedicated to exhibits, screenings, events and educational programming.
“FotoFocus Center will be a new space to engage with the work of important photographers from the region and around the world,” said Mary Ellen Goeke, Executive Director of FotoFocus. “This will open up many new opportunities for us as an organization, and we are deeply grateful for the support and enthusiasm we have received from our partners and neighbours. We look forward to celebrating many more extraordinary artists, curators and scholars in our new home.
The structure will be designed by Cincinnati-based architecture studio Jose Garcia Design + Construction, working closely with FotoFocus. Responding to the neighborhood’s existing architecture by incorporating corbelled brick, marble and steel, the building will provide gallery space on each level. The upper level will also include offices and a large outdoor terrace.
FotoFocus, which was founded in 2010 to champion photography and lens-based art, also revealed the appointment of Katherine Ryckman Siegwarth as the biennale’s inaugural director. Siegwarth was previously Kettering’s Curator of Photography and Special Projects at the Dayton Art Institute; before landing there, she worked at the new media-focused Zhulong Gallery in Dallas; the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas; and Center for Creative Photography, Tucson. In her new role, Siegwarth will work with FotoFocus Artistic Director Kevin Moore and Director of Curatorial Strategy Carissa Barnard to develop the institution’s curatorial program and strengthen venue partnerships ahead of the FotoFocus Biennale. 2022. The sixth iteration of the event – the fifth was axed due to Covid – will launch in October.