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2019 exhibitions

Exposition Through Art:
Historic African American Churches of Southwest Ohio

January- February 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, January 4, 2019
Closing: Saturday, February 16, 2019

Artists: Andrea Walker Cummings, Yvette Walker Dalton, Dwayne Daniel, Clifford Darrett, Willis “Bing” Davis, Deborah Dixon, Horace Dozier Sr., Rev. Lois Fortson, Erin Smith-Glenn, Morris Howard, Bennie Kelley, Clarice Moore, Simeon “Lon” Oyeyemi, Craig Screven, Debra Richardson-Wood

Project Space features up and coming artists: Nanci Payne and Dave Scott

Exposition Through Art is one of AAVAG’s major programs. Under that umbrella, two-year projects are developed that focus on specific aspects of African American life in and around Dayton (specifically: Dayton, Springfield, Xenia, Wilberforce, Yellow Springs, Middletown, and Cincinnati). Its purpose is to highlight and pay homage to places, people, events, and ideals relevant to the African American experience. 

Historic African American Churches of Southwest Ohio seeks to pay homage to churches not only for their longevity, but for also being a focal point for their congregations and the communities in which they reside. Fifteen artists were provided a list of churches from which to choose and were encouraged to forge relationships that would allow them to delve into church history and current day activities, thus providing inspiration for their creative talents. The exhibit will educate its viewers about the past struggles and accomplishments of these institutions, and will highlight their importance in today’s environment and into the future.

14th Annual Printmaking Show
Inked Up: An Ohio Juried Printmaking Exhibition
March-April 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019
Closing:Saturday, April 20, 2019
Sponsored in part by: The Dayton Printmakers Cooperative

Best in Show: Craig Fisher the Grotto Mezzotint

The Dayton Society of Artists is pleased to announce its 14th annual printmaking show.

Artists: Christine Abbott, Claire Bowman, Chandler Brutscher, Doug Fiely, Craig Fisher, Arron Foster, Glory, Shannon Grecula, David Leach, Ashlee Malloris, Lauren Mitro, Melanie Morrett, Misty Morrison, Kelsey Scharf, Sherraid Scott, Edward Steffanni, Ian Welch, Peyton Young, Micah Zavacky

Juror: Craig Martin
Opening Reception:
 Friday, March 1, 2019 6-9pm
Exhibition Runs:
March 1 – April 20
Gallery Hours:
Fridays & Saturdays 12-5 pm. First Fridays 6-9pm or by appointment.

2019 Spring show

May 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019 6-9pm
Exhibition Runs: May 3-25
Sponsored in part by: Plaza Art

The Dayton Society of Artists is pleased to announce its regional Spring Show. All regional artists were invited to submit pieces of any medium to the 2019 Spring Show.

Artists: Sherie Bishop, Bridgette Bogle, Arlene Branick, Eunice Bronkar, John Burneson, Robert A. Coates, Casey Dressell, Hope Ewing, Karen Fisher, Jacob Flannery, Ben Frederick, Lloyd Greene, Laura James, Erica Keener, Dora Lawson, James LeFebvre, Doug McLarty, Kevin McNeeley, Pat McWilliams, Clarice Moore, Kathy A. Moore, Betty Murray, Jim Noyes, Jill Pajka, Jonathan Pincus, Kathryn Pitstick, Julie Riley, Francis Schanberger, Jill Spencer, Edward Steffanni, Charlene Thatcher, Kyle Thiele, Kelley Tomlinson, Dennis Towers, Mary Beth Whitley, Samantha Wott, Sarah Wrona, Glory

First Place: Ben Frederick Linda and Corrie
Second Place:
Kyle Thiele View of Town Through Window
Third Place:
Clarice Moore Looking at You! (Scary Andrea)
Honorable Mention:
Laura James Trinity Library Dublin
Honorable Mention:
Julie Riley Crimson Finch
Honorable Mention:
Pat McWilliams Pink Fields

Juror: Colleen Kelsey

Crystal Tursich
In Silence

Juror Statement Spring Exhibition 2019:

Jurying the 2019 Spring Exhibition at the Dayton Society of Artist is a privilege that was not taken lightly.  With one hundred and fifty eight submissions the exhibition could not contain the sheer talent submitted by Miami Valley artists.  The process began looking at the technical expertise in each artwork. After which, I spent time with each artwork exploring content and looking for originality.  Each artwork was selected because it spoke either quietly or loudly to a moment captured by the artist. After the exhibition was juried I then worked with Gallery Director Amanda Grieve to design the exhibition.  Designing the exhibition ensured that each piece is appreciated on its own and in relationship to the exhibition as a whole.

-Colleen Kelsey

Spire Arts Exhibit

June 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019
Closing: Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Dayton Society of Artists is pleased to announce its receipt of an Ohio Arts grant along with Spire Arts, a vocational and therapeutic art program for adults with developmental disabilities in Montgomery County. The Spire Arts show celebrates the artists, their work, as well as the collaboration between the two organizations.

Artists: Stephanie Baird, Carole Balger, Isiah Ballard, Lauren Barker, Christine Brown, Kent Cruea, Kaitlyn Daugherty, Eric Dyer, Maynard Gilbert, Cheryl Goodall, Kyron Harvey, Tim Hughes, Amber Jones, Nick Kramer, Frances Lewis, Brenda Martin, Charde McKinney, Kenny Miller, Brenda Napier, Timmy Parker, Rachell Poore, Janet Saettel, Ronisa Smith, Byron Stephens, Dorothy Taylor, Justine Travers, Alicia Vencill, and Amy Zahora

JOY is an interactive sculpture that invites everyone to participate by simply writing at least two words that represent happiness and joy and inserting them into the sculpture. Both the observer and participant will be able to read others' views of joy and happiness while also see the piece develop as a whole. This work emphasizes the reality that we are all different but in turn the sameby sharing the things that bring us happiness and joy, no matter where we are on life's journey. 

Crossing Boundaries

July-August 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, July 5, 2019
Closing: Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Dayton Society of Artists is proud to announce its partnership with the Dayton Sister City Committee to bring over an artist-in-residence from Monrovia, Liberia, one of Dayton's Sister Cities. Patrick Gono, a self taught artist will be in Dayton for the majority of July, 2019.

In conjunction with this program, the corresponding show is Crossing Boundaries. Crossing Boundaries celebrates the connections and discoveries that are made when we step outside of ourselves and broaden our understanding of the other. Different backgrounds, religions, cultures, abilities, and locations can divide, but in the end, we are all bound by the same humanity.

Jurors: Bing Davis and Tess Little

Artists: Ginny Baughman, Sharon Benedict, Olga Evanusa-Rowland, Christina Gaffney, Patrick Gono, ¡Katie B Funk!, Kristina Lewis, Zhi-Fang Li, Deepa Mahajan, Eric Meiring, Sarah Wrona

Patrick is a self-taught artist, being inspired early in his childhood by cartoon characters namely from the Marvel and Disney corporations. His passion for art got him in trouble to the point of failing sixth grade, but that would not hold him back for long and he received a double promotion in his eighth year of school. As he grew, he found inspiration in nature and artists that came before him such as Renoir and Rossetti. He won the Value of Biodiversity art competition held at the US Embassy in Monrovia in 2011. Gono now lives in Monrovia creating hyper-realistic pieces and desires to make a name for Liberia and its people through his art. Gono says, “Being selected for the artist-in-residence for the DSCC and the DSA is like the final picture of my dream of bringing light to show the colors of peace we need to shine and prosper, to show the power and bond of art, and to help others discover their true potential.” When asked about how he felt about the opportunity to be the artist-in-residence he answered, “This is truly a dream come true…As I am the bridge between two cities now, my aim is to make sure my pillars and cables and concrete are solid so as to ensure a lifelong connection between Dayton and Monrovia.”

2019 DSA Members’ Show

September-October 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 2019
Closing: Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Dayton Society of Artists is pleased to announce its 2019 Member Show highlighting the talent of the DSA's members. A wide variety of styles and media are present in the show and highlightsthe artistic talents of the greater Miami Valley. It's definitely a must-see!

Juror: Erika B Hess
Juror Statement:
It has been an honor to review work for the Dayton Society of Artists Member’s Exhibition. Having attended Wright State University to study painting, I know what a wonderful artistic community thrives in Dayton. I am always proud to share the fact that I studied art in Dayton, and continually boast about how many wonderful artistic spaces and services are in the area. Dayton truly is a special place in many ways, but its active artistic community is one of its gems. Seeing the work in person from artists that participate in this community was a pleasure.

Through the selection process, I was able to get to know the individual artists who make up DSA. From painting, photography, printmaking, and three-dimensional pieces, there was an array of approaches and personality that came through in the work. From the beautiful ink drawings that reference Japanese prints, to landscape paintings with a notable understanding of color, I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the work. When selecting pieces I wanted to pick work that highlighted the skills and narrative that each artist presented through their chosen medium.

Artists organizing and coming together to have conversations about their practice and exhibit work is incredibly important and empowering. By doing so, they create opportunities for each other, dialogue, and further the cultural endeavors of their city.  DSA is a cornerstone in creating a robust art community and allowing it to thrive. I have immense respect for all the artists in this exhibition. They are involved not only in creating their work but also in supporting their fellow creatives.

Artists: Ginny Baughman, Sharon Benedict, Hannah Bergman, Arlene Branick, Eunice Bronkar, John Burneson, Virginia Burroughs, Aileen Cave, Kim Ceccarelli, Bob Coates, Katherine Cruse, Casey Dressell, Sandra Drewes, Mark Echtner, Allison Ellis, Samantha Farkas, Tracy Foskuhl, Bill Franz, Janet Garlikov, Glory, Connie Grant, Amanda Grieve, Mikee Huber, Kate Huser Santucci, Kelly Joslin, Richard Jurus, James Lefervre, Edward Lehman, Cheryl Lloyd, Carol McNeeley, Kevin McNeeley, Kathy Moore, Melanie Morrett, Betty Murray, Jim Noyes, Marsha Pippenger, Kathryn Pitstick, Sierra Roller, Kenneth Sagstetter, Jennifer Sayger, Sarah Shanks, Nancy Shuler, Sandi Simmons, Jill Spencer, Barb Stork, Steve Tallet, Charlene Thatcher, Mary Beth Whitley, Samantha Wott, and Sarah Wrona


The Dayton Society of Artists partnered with Tom Vogel and the University of Dayton Bookstore to create an art series of the Icons of UD Basketball. The series celebrates a small cross section of some of the greats who played and participated in UD Basketball.

The original artwork will be offered to the artwork’s subject. Prints of the artwork will be available at the UD Bookstore beginning late 2020.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 2019

Closing: Saturday, October 12, 2019

Gallery Hours:
Fridays & Saturdays 12-5 pm. First Fridays 6-9pm or by appointment.

Small Works Exhibition

November- December 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 2019
Closing: Saturday, December 14, 2019

DSA's Small Works Exhibition
is a small works exhibition that will be exhibited from November 1 through December 15, 2019.  Its artists are from the greater Miami Valley Region. The DSA will be the starting point for ‘The Dickens of Christmas Tour’ in St. Anne’s Hill with over 1000 people visiting the High Street Gallery this December. The DSA will again promote Buy ART, Buy LOCAL this holiday season with beautiful, affordable artwork. All art will be priced under $400.
First Place: Sarah Harris Testament
Second Place: Margie McCullough Swings
Third Place: Mellanie Morrett Moon Shadow

Peter L. Doebler is the Kettering Curator of Asian Art at the Dayton Art Institute. He specializes in religious aesthetics, especially Japanese and Euro-American traditions. During his time in Dayton, Peter has curated focus exhibitions across the museum’s collection, including "Impressive: 100 Years of Japanese Prints at the DAI," "Buddhist Art: An Enlightened Thread through Asia," and "Devoted: Visual Performances of Faith." He holds a Ph.D. in Art and Religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and has published articles, encyclopedia entries, and reviews that span aesthetics, film, art, and religion.

Juror Statement:
With a wonderful variety of styles and ideas, I greatly enjoyed exploring each artwork. It was a challenge to choose a top three. In judging, I was interested not only in the technical execution, but also the concept, how the artwork made me stop and notice something new and made me want to spend more time in consideration.

The third place winner, Moon Shadow, is an exquisite execution of print technique with fine gradations of ink creating a mellow, moonlit atmosphere. The composition is simple and effectively balanced, with the dark form of the cat in the lower left offsetting the open white space of the window. The subtle study brings to mind the work of German Romantic painters like Caspar David Friedrich with figures scene from the back, looking out onto mysterious vistas.

Second place, Swings, mixes media in a compelling way. The Polaroid transfer creates a slightly blurred and washed out image that feels like an archaeological discovery. The lost section at the top that is filled in with a pencil sketch reinforces this. Together, they evoke the operation of memory, how it is fragmentary, with some clear parts but others vague and even conjectured. The depicted image—children on a swing set—draws us in to consider whose memory this is, what the backstory might be, but it also feels strangely familiar, like it might be one of our own memories.

Finally, the first place winner, Testament, is an understated, minimal work on the scale of a Zen koan. The finely worked, flat-black block cradles a dandelion seed, setting it apart for detailed consideration. After childhood, when such seeds can provide an afternoon’s pleasure of blowing them and watching them ride the wind, we tend to ignore dandelions or, if we do notice them, it is to fret about how they are taking over the lawn. This work effectively focuses our vision back on the wonder we experience as a child, looking closely at the delicate shape and the different textures of each part. The composition also evokes associations with the cycle of birth and death: the seed lies as if prepared for burial, but this brings the knowledge that it will rise again.

Artists: Regina Abernathy, Stephanie Baird, Diana Barr, Jane Blackson, Carlee Bollin, Arlene Branick, Kimberly Ceccarelli, Bob Coates, Clara Coleman, Pam Denka, Olga Evanusa-Rowland, Doug Fiely, Sheila Fleischer, Glory, Sarah Harris, David Henderson, Deborah Housh, Kelly  Ingerson, Greg Jankowski, Bethany Lamb, Loura Lawrence, Edy Martin, Margie McCullough, Kenny Miller, Clarice Moore, Melanie Morrett, Dawn Paul, Marsha Pippenger, Kathryn Pitstick, Monica Plank, Alice Robrish, Kenneth Sagstetter, Jennifer Sayger, Carol Shikany, Kyle Thiele, Eli Thiele, Kelley Tomlinson, Vicki Vardaman, Mary Beth Whitley, Brian Woods, Samantha Wott


Janet is exhibiting 18 acrylic on wood panel plaids in the project space. For more information on her or her artwork, visit her website.

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