“Shiva as Slayer of the Elephant Demon” is part of “Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art”(photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Museum of Art)

Ohio Fall Arts Preview 2022

Save the date for these museum exhibitions, performances and festivals happening across the state this season.

Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art
Nov. 11-Feb. 5: Cincinnati
Dance is revered in not only entertainment and culture but also in religion and everyday life in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Himalayan region. Featuring approximately 120 artworks spanning from the first to the 21st centuries — including sculptures, paintings, jewelry, textiles and contemporary works in new media — this ticketed exhibition opening at the Cincinnati Art Museum this fall highlights various representations of dance in art. cincinnatiartmuseum.org

“Les Miserables” at Playhouse Square 
Oct. 7-30: Cleveland
The KeyBank State Theatre at Playhouse Square hosts the Tony Award-winning musical, “Les Miserables.” Be transported to 19th-century France by this tale of injustice, passion and redemption based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel. The production will also take the stage at Dayton’s Schuster Center in January 2023. playhousesquare.org

Portrait from Nancy Ford Cones’ “Craft and Camera: The Art of Nancy Ford Cones” (photo courtesy of Loveland Museum Center)
Craft and Camera: The Art of Nancy Ford Cones 
Oct. 1-Jan. 15: Cincinnati
Nancy Ford Cones created photographs for more than 40 years on a small riverside farm in Loveland, Ohio. She conceived evocative works that emulated 19th-century European paintings, and her photography earned her a national reputation during a time when female artists struggled for recognition. This exhibition at Cincinnati’s Taft Museum of Art showcases the artist’s career and unique creative vision. taftmuseum.org

Alice and Martin Provensen’s “The Glorious Flight” (illustration by Alice and Martin Provensen)
Ohio: The Start of it All
Sept. 24-Dec. 1, Lancaster
A fun exhibition examining our state’s interesting and entertaining ‘firsts’ comes to the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. “Ohio: The Start of it All” in Lancaster 

Nelsonville Music Festival  
Sept. 2-4: Nelsonville 
The Nelsonville Music Festival hosts more than 30 musical artists in a range of genres at the annual gathering’s new venue, the Snow Fork Event Center. The festival features on-site camping, kids activities, food, craft beer, artisan vendors and more. This year’s headliners include Japanese Breakfast on Friday, Yo La Tengo and Lucinda Williams on Saturday and Angel Olsen and Neko Case on Sunday. nelsonvillefest.org

The Cleveland Orchestra presents Mahler’s Resurrection 
Sept. 29-30: Cleveland
Also known as the “Resurrection Symphony,” Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 engages with themes of life and death that have captured the attention of listeners for more than 100 years. Led by conductor Franz Welser-Möst, the Cleveland Orchestra will perform the work at its home, the Mandel Concert Hall at Severance Music Center in the city’s University Circle neighborhood. clevelandorchestra.com

Red Wanting Blue with River Cities Symphony Orchestra 
Oct. 1: Marietta 
Formed in Athens in the late 1990s, Red Wanting Blue has been on the road for more than two decades. For this return to southeast Ohio, the band is taking the Peoples Bank Theatre stage with Marietta’s own The River Cities Symphony Orchestra to mark both acts’ 25th anniversaries. The live collaboration will feature some of Red Wanting Blue’s greatest hits. peoplesbanktheatre.com

Bryan Wilson’s “Am I Chicken George? I Am Chicken George” was part of “Art of Soul!” in 2021 (photo courtesy of National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center)
“Art of Soul!” at National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center
Opens Oct. 15: Wilberforce
This annual juried exhibition celebrates the Black experience by featuring works in a variety of mediums built around the year’s theme. “Art of Soul!” in Wilberforce 

Oct. 4-23: Columbus 
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning take on the tale of founding father Alexander Hamilton will bring “The Room Where It Happens” to Columbus, as the production’s national tour of this genre-bending musical hits the Ohio Theatre stage. The production first makes a stop at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center Sept. 6 through Oct. 2 and returns to Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Dec. 6 through Jan. 15. capa.com

Girl painting at Toledo’s Momentum festival (photo courtesy of The Arts Commission)
Sept. 15-17, Toledo 
Experience the city of Toledo’s art and culture at this three-day festival held along the Maumee River. Now in its sixth year, Momentum offers different activities to participants of all ages for free, ranging from live music and demonstrations to interactive art, local film screenings and more. Because the event coincides with the 2022 International Year of Glass, this fall’s celebration puts a focus on Toledo’s glassmaking heritage. theartscommission.org

Black Swamp Arts Festival  
Sept. 9-11: Bowling Green 
Each fall, the college town of Bowling Green’s downtown transforms into a free three-day music and arts festival that is the largest of its kind in the state. Along with the lineup of diverse musical acts playing over the course of the weekend, the festival features artists selling their works, the Wood County Invitational Art Show, a chalk walk and more. blackswampfest.org

BalletMet presents ”Dracula” in Columbus (photo by Jennifer Zmuda)
BalletMet presents “Dracula”
Oct. 28-Nov. 5, Columbus 
As this annual Columbus fall tradition returns, BalletMet artistic director Edwaard Liang talks with us about its ongoing appeal with audiences. BalletMet presents “Dracula”