Anna and Charles Taft desired their collection to be a resource for artists. The Taft furthers this goal
through exhibitions in the Sinton Gallery featuring work by local artists inspired by the Taft's collection
and historic house. This year, Cincinnati-based artist Celene Hawkins’s new series of sculptures resonates with the Taft Museum of Art’s European landscape paintings. Hawkins’s exhibition draws upon the botanical motifs found on gilded decorative frames, as well as the landscapes ensconced within. In her work, frames move beyond merely presenting a work of art to becoming the art themselves. Within these structures, Hawkins incorporates her vision of the modern landscape, which both echoes and
challenges the ideal presented in 19th-century painting.