Selections from the Sara M. & Michelle Vance Waddell Collection

January 6 – February 3, 2014

The exhibition showcases a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, works on paper, photography, film, and text with a focus on contemporary and conceptual approaches to art.

Artists include: Ghada Amer, Chakaia Booker, Louise Bourgeois, Andrea Bowers, Delia Brown, Patty Chang, Patricia Cronin, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Zhang Huan, Deborah Kass, Carolyn Mazloomi, Elizabeth Murray, Catherine Opie, Carolee Schneemann, Cindy Sherman, Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stephens, Betty Tompkins, Hannah Wilke, and Sue Williams.

The Art Academy of Cincinnati is pleased to present “Selections from the Sara M. & Michelle Vance Waddell Collection,” an exhibition that brings together works by 21 artists who incite social and political rebellion through art that shocks, educates, and challenges the viewer to respond to imagery that is unapologetically from a female perspective.

The Vance Waddells have built their collection upon the concept that art is an effective channel for instigating personal, domestic, local, regional, and global revolution. The Art Academy’s Pearlman Gallery is proud to highlight several cornerstone pieces from the Vance Waddell collection, which consists of works that have gained national and international acclaim through the bold and brave commitment to redefining the world through art. This inaugural exhibition of works from the Vance Waddell Collection is a signature event for the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Collector’s Statement:

“My art collecting has evolved over the last 14 years, when I first started. My tastes have gone form modern and deceased Cincinnati artists to the living including, local, regional, national, and international artists. My focus is what I call hard-core contemporary art and mainly feminist art. Artists can act as social revolutionaries, highlighting injustices and inciting the viewer to change the way things are and to see from a different view point.”


Sara Vance Waddell brings to the table over 27 years of Media Buying and Planning experience. The President and CEO of SMV Media, a media management company, Vance has handled many local accounts for organizations including, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Newport on the Levee, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Her expertise in marketing and creative strategy has been key in her consulting work with several local advertising agencies.

In 1985, Vance's career began at Fahlgren, where she was responsible for media planning and buying for clients such as McDonald’s Restaurants, Donnelly Directory/Cincinnati Bell Yellow Pages, and RE/MAX. As Media Director at Krienik Advertising, she handled the Barleycorn's Saloons and Riverboats, Subway Sandwiches, and Down Lite Intl., accounts.

She attended Morehead State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with an emphasis in public relations/advertising, graduating Cum Laude in 1984. She was a member of the Board Of Directors for the Advertising Club of Cincinnati from 1985-1992 and was included in the 1999 edition of Who's Who of Entrepreneurs.

Appointed by former Governor Ted Strickland to sit on the Ohio Arts Council Board, Vance currently serves on the board of the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center and is Trustee Emeritus at ArtWorks, where she previously served as President and Board Chair. She sits on the boards of the Neuberger Museum of Art in New York, Chaine-Mondiale, and Cancer Family Care, where she serves as board chair. Vance’s previous board commitments have included The Contemporary Art Center as vice president, Cincinnati Art Museum as Acquisitions Chair, Enjoy the Arts, The March of Dimes, The Ronald McDonald House Charities, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, and Equality Cincinnati.