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Recipient Tom Lohre of Individual Artists Grants from City of Cincinnati

2007 Artist Grant

April Show of Art Work by Tom Lohre and a Lego Robot Assistant
Opening: Friday, April 18th, 2008, 6 to 9 p.m. Closing May 18th

Visual History Gallery, 2709 Observatory Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208,
513-871-6065, Hyde Park Neighborhood

Made from Lego parts. The software used is LabViews RoboLAB. 

Tom has learned that “Artisto”, the name Tom has given to the robot, is like a classical assistant. Artisto lays one of eight colors in generally the correct spot and Tom manipulates it to refine its placement. Tom initially creates an image in the computer that Artisto follows. The painting process takes 18 hours for a 16” x 20” having 4163 dots. Tom can turn “Artisto” off while working on a painting so the painting does not have to be done all at one time. All the paintings in the show are close ups of faces because the resolution is so low that he has to rely on the viewer to fill in the blanks.

The Cincinnati Post On-Line Story about the robot

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2002 Artist Grant


In a circus side show atmosphere the works were shown at


Hyde Park Square 3437 Michigan Ave.; CINCINNATI, OHIO 45208; 513-871-6065

Tom used the money to combine all his art making robots into a show packaged in a Circus Side Show format.

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1998 Artist Grant

Henry Williams, Oil on canvas, 30" x 40", December 28th, 1998

Henry Williams, Watercolor on paper, 4" x 5"

Oil painting by Tom Lohre and given by him to the Cincinnati Area Senior Services to hang in the Over-the-Rhine Senior Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Henry Williams is in the foreground of the pilot house of the stern wheel tow boat, W. P. Snyder, located at the Ohio River Museum in Marietta, Ohio. The Orson Austin family is in the background of the pilot house for Tom has not yet found Henry's family. From left to right Jude, Theo, Orson, Sophie and Sophie Austin.

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Portraits of All Sorts