A new collection of murals are currently being painted all around Greater Cincinnati, thanks to the efforts of ArtWorks and their team of professional and apprentice artists.


The seven-story "Homage to Cincinnatus" mural on the north-facing side of the Kroger headquarters downtown is undergoing a full restoration. ArtWorks and the Thomas Melvin Studio are doing the restoration project. Artist Richard Haas was commissioned by Kroger to paint the mural in 1983, to honor the company's 100 year anniversary. Richard Haas is in Cincinnati to review restoration progress of “"Homage to Cincinnatus,"” and joins us in the studio to discuss his work.

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Some call them eyesores; some consider them art; but most people probably don't notice the old advertising signs fading away on the sides of buildings. 

Before we go further, I need to let you know that I like ghost signs.  A lot.  In fact, I have a photo blog devoted to them.  But, I'm not the only fan.  Maya Drozdz of Over-the-Rhine is also a ghost sign enthusiast.


  Founded in 1996, ArtWorks is an award-winning non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact. The most visible ArtWorks projects are the many murals that brighten-up our region. Since the mural program was launched in partnership with the City of Cincinnati in 2007, ArtWorks has hired area youth to paint 68 murals.

Greater Cincinnati has been synonymous with murals for generations. 

In 1932, Winold Reiss created 23 towering mosaics for Union Terminal -- though 14 of them have since been moved to the airport for preservation.

One of Cincinnati’s most iconic pieces of art is the mural for the Terrace Plaza Hotel, created in 1947 by Joan Miro -- that now sits across from the Terrace Café in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Cincinnati’s own ArtWorks has been decorating facades and exterior canvases since 1996.

In 2010 muralist Shepard Fairey plastered his imagery – quite literally – all around town. 

And just last March, Irish artist Maser’s mural “Get Up” was installed on the side of a building on Pendleton St.

Now, the London Police are back in town.