Talks & Tours

Taft Highlights Tours
Sundays, 1:30 p.m.
Join a Taft docent for a half-hour look at a few of the highlights of the Museum collection. No reservations required.

Exhibition Tours
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.

Join a Taft docent for a half-hour tour of the special exhibition.
July 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

FREE Taft members; regular admission pricing for non-members. Includes Museum and special exhibition admission.

Timed tickets are required in advance: click here or call (513) 684-4516.


John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), Rosina Ferrara, Head of a Capri Girl (detail), 1878, oil on cardboard, 12 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. The Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum, TL-17910

WORKSHOP |Portrait Drawing
Saturday, July 22, 1-4 p.m. SOLD OUT

Tuesday, September 14, 1-4 p.m. – spaces still available!

Create a portrait worthy of royalty! Join local artist and portraiture specialist Carin Hebenstreit for a one-day portraiture workshop. This workshop will cover the basics from mapping out facial proportions to perfecting shapes and shading techniques. Designed for beginners, but all levels welcome.

$15 Taft members; $25 non-members (includes all workshop materials as well as Museum and special exhibition admission). Participants can either bring an 8 x 10 professional photo to draw from, or use a photo of a work of art provided by the instructor.

Limited space. Advance registration required: Click the links above or call (513) 684-4516.

“The Cobbler’s Apprentice Plays Ball” by ArtWorks. Artist: Tim Parsley

Lunch and Learn
Lunch and Learn is a new series featuring various experts in the Cincinnati community. This informal program takes place during the lunch hour and focuses on a range of topics related to art, history, and the unique aspects of our local culture.
ArtWorks Murals and More | Wednesday, August 2, 12-1 p.m.
Stories from the Mercantile Library | Wednesday, September 6, 12-1 p.m.

$15 Taft members; $20 non-members. This program includes a boxed lunch. Museum and special exhibition admission sold separately.

Reservations required one week in advance of program: Click the links above or call (513) 684-4516.

Painting à la Carte
For Young Professionals (ages 21-40)
Friday, August 4, 5-8 p.m.

Grab your mates and embrace your inner Anglophile at the Taft’s happy hour!

Enjoy a Pimm’s Cup and small bites on the patio while you listen to the best of British music from DJ Northside Nick. Create your own paint-and-peel art with West End Art Gallery, peruse Treasures of British Painting, and watch Manifest Gallery Artists-in-Residence live sketching.

$10 Taft members; $20 non-members. Includes art-making materials, admission to Treasures of British Painting, one drink ticket, and light bites!

Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
Early bird discount! Use code BRITISHALACARTE for $5 off before July 31.

Jane Benson, A Place for Infinite Tuning I, 015, mixed media. Image courtesy of the artist and LMAK Gallery, New York

British Painting: Then and Now
Thursday, August 10, 7 p.m.

Join us for a special program featuring Taft Associate Curator Tamera Muente and Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) Curator Steven Matijcio. Muente and Matijcio will engage in a lively discussion about ongoing issues in British art from the 1400s through the present as seen in the works in the Treasures of British Painting exhibition and in Half-Truths, the CAC’s exhibit of work by contemporary British artist Jane Benson.

FREE. Cash bar 6:30-7 p.m. The Museum gates will open at 6:30 p.m.

The special exhibition can be visited during regular Museum hours.

Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

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Lynne Ambrosini, Installing Curator

Tour with the Curator | Exclusively for Taft members!

Thursday, August 24, 1:30 p.m.
Friday, September 8, 1:30 p.m.
Join a small group for a unique opportunity to tour the compelling works in Treasures of British Painting with Installing Curator Lynne Ambrosini.

$10 Taft members, $15 guest of members. Reservations required: Click the links above or call (513) 684-4516.

New Series! Dig Deeper
Saturday, August 26, 1:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT

Challenge yourself to “dig deeper” and get to know a work in the Taft collection on a whole new level! This hour-long interactive program encourages participants to look closely at, ask questions about, and discuss one work of art under the expert guidance of a docent. This program is designed to leave you with a memorable conversation and a new appreciation for some of your favorite paintings in our permanent collection.

FREE for Taft members; $10 non-members. Includes Museum/special exhibition admission.

Limited space. Advance registration required: call (513) 684-4516.

George Morland (English, 1763–1804), Apple Gatherers (detail), 1791, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art

A Brush with The British
Thursday, August 31, 1:30 p.m.

Take a closer look at the fascinating faces and places in the Taft’s collection of British art. Docent Barbara Wenner will lead this special tour focusing on the stories behind some of the Taft’s most recognizable works.

FREE for Taft members; $10 non-members. Includes Museum/special exhibition admission.

Advance registration required: Click the links above or call (513) 684-4516.