Originally posted on womenofcincy.org as part of the article 6 Celebrations of International Women’s Day

1628 Ltd.’s The Pieces I Am

Reporting by Justine Daley. Photography Heather Willins.

1628 Ltd., a woman-owned co-working space, invited the public to view their spring exhibition, The Pieces I Am: Artwork from the Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Private Collection. The exhibition celebrates the diversity of the female artistic voice, including local, national, and international works of art.

We got the chance to talk with Tamara Schwarting, CEO of 1628, about the collection. After leaving her career at Procter & Gamble and starting a consulting company, Schwarting realized that there weren’t many good options for a professional environment where she could work and meet with clients. Within a year, she solved her problem by starting 1628. Always an art lover, she knew that she also wanted the space to host exhibitions, like the one being featured that night.

Tell us more about how this exhibition came to life.

Private collectors love for their art to be shown, and this collection is of primarily women artists. We worked with Sara to pick art that is not only representative of local artists, but nationally and internationally. We wanted to make sure the show was diverse as well as we wanted to be able to show art that hadn’t been shown locally before.

What is your favorite piece of this collection?  

2068 Susans. Pat Renick, the artist, was a professor at DAAP for over 30 years.

Do you have any advice for local female entrepreneurs?

The million dollar question! Follow your passion, because if you’re really following something that inspires you and brings you joy, it will allow you to go through the rough patches, because it is not an easy road.

We also had a chance to meet the collectors, Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell, and speak with Sara about her passion for women artists.

Why was it important to you to collect woman-made art?

I started collecting art in 2000, and just in the last seven years focused on women artists because women artists are not thought of in the same regard as men: They don’t make as much; galleries don’t represent them like they do for men, so I wanted a way to right a wrong.