PhotOH: Photographers in the Heartland

PhotOH: Photographers in the Heartland

About the Exhibition

William Messer, an independent Cincinnati photography curator, approached the Miami University Art Museum in 2021 with an idea for an invitational exhibition in association with the 2022 Cincinnati-based FotoFocus Biennial. PhotOH: Photographers in the Heartland, a co-curated collaboration by Messer and Jason E. Shaiman, MUAM’s Curator of Exhibitions, provides a survey of work being made by photographers throughout Ohio communities.

Of the 75 photographers who submitted in response to an invitation, 27 were selected for inclusion. The exhibition features 51 photographs, presenting works from 25 photographers and 2 from a collaboration. The selected work presents a considerable range of photographic practices, styles, and subject matter. Messer and Shaiman set out a goal to expose the Miami University community and the broader FotoFocus audience to a geographically diverse survey of photographers working in Ohio.

PhotOH will also be a visited venue by the Oracle XL meetings of international photography curators taking place in Cincinnati and at the nearby Hueston Woods Lodge & Conference Center. Following the Oracle meetings, Post-Oracle participants will engage in a 5-day visit of art venues in the Ohio cities of Dayton, Columbus, Akron, Cleveland and Toledo in Ohio, before terminating in Detroit. In addition, a companion exhibition of around 12 additional photographers’ work curated by William Messer will be installed at Iris BookCafé and Gallery in Cincinnati.

Featured Artists include: Gary Beeber (Centerville), Donald Black, Jr. (Shaker Heights), Andrew Borowiec (Akron), Bruce Checefsky (Cleveland), Tom Croce (Lebanon), Anita Douthat (Alexandria, KY), Diana Duncan Holmes (Cincinnati), Amber N. Ford (Cleveland), Glenna Jennings (Dayton), Casey LeClair (Cincinnati), Tracy Longley-Cook (Dayton), Fredrik Marsh (Columbus), Greg Martin (Cleveland), Bridget Murphy Milligan (Tiro), Benjamin Montague (Cincinnati), Eleanor Moseman (Dayton), Ardine Nelson (Columbus), Lori Nix & Kathleen Gerber (Cincinnati), Deborah Orloff (Sylvania), Rachel Reisert (Cincinnati), Amy Schuessler (Columbus), Duncan Snyder (Columbus), Jared Thorne (Columbus), Lynn Whitney (Waterville), Sean Wilkinson (Dayton) and Michael Wilson (Cincinnati)

Open Aug 25-Dec 10, 2022
Tue–Fri 10 AM–5 PM | Sat 12–5 PM | 2nd Wed 10 AM-8 PM


Featured Program/Special Event

WED | OCT 12 | 5-7 PM

PhotOH: Behind the Lens. Reception and Artist Panel

moderated by William Messer

Join us for a special reception with featured photographers and a panel discussion on
their work.


All Programs are FREE & OPEN TO ALL.