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The Dayton Society of Artists (DSA) is pleased to coordinate Art in the City's Juried Art Show. 2D artwork will be displayed inside downtown Dayton businesses and/or public spaces during the two-week event.

Submissions submitted via this form by Saturday, July 1st 2023 - Midnight



Submissions due: Saturday, July 1st

Notification via email: by Friday, July 14th

Delivery of Art - In Person: Friday July 28th and Saturday July 29th 12 - 5 PM

Exhibition Runs: Friday, August 4th - Friday, August 18th

Pick-up Dates: Artists may pick up their artwork at the Dayton Society of Artists at a closing reception honoring participants on Friday, August 25th, 5 - 8 PM. Please schedule another time with the director if this does not work by emailing


Art in the City is designed to illuminate local artists and the local art scene through a series of one-person pop-up exhibitions of local artists' artwork in downtown Dayton business, arts and community venues. Works will be on view August 4-18, 2023. The public will be invited to view artwork and vote for their favorite. Votes will be tallied and Art in the City will culminate with a prize award of $250 and announcement Friday, August 18. All other artists will receive a stipend of no less than $50 for their participation.

Selected Art in the City artists will be exhibited and promoted by a partnership between DSA and the Downtown Dayton Partnership and be part of the 5th annual citywide initiative to propel Dayton's distinction as a city of creatives to visitors, out-of-towners and the region.


All artists who live within a 50-mile radius of downtown Dayton (or current DSA Members) who are ages 16 & up are eligible to apply. Emerging artists (artists exhibiting less than 3 years) are particularly encouraged. All the artwork must be 2-D. One piece will be selected from submissions for display. All work must be structurally sound, safe, non-toxic and fit for its intended use. No entry fee.


2-D Entries that exists primarily on a flat plane. Painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and most textiles are examples of 2D work. Mid-scale work is encouraged (larger than 20 x 24 inches but must not be larger than 30 x 40 inches on outside dimensions (including framing).

Artist Information:

1. Art in the City reserves the right to document Art in the City and all associated displays and events and reserves the right to use this documentation for marketing purposes.

2. Art in the City bears no liability to the Artist or relating to the Entry.

3. In the case of sale inquiries: the artists will handle all sales directly. (see Rules Regarding Sales below).

Display Venues:

1. The Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP) is responsible for selection and commitments from downtown businesses and organizations. Selected businesses have agreed to the terms of display, open hours and promotion criteria.

2. The DDP and DSA will match artworks to businesses for each Entry according to size, space and overall curatorial considerations.

3. The artist may pick up their artwork during a closing reception on August 25, 5 - 8 PM at the Dayton Society of Artists. Light refreshments will be served. If unable to attend, artists may contact the director to schedule another time for pick up by emailing

Rules Regarding Sales:

1. Selected artists may offer the exhibited artworks for sale during Art in the City but must maintain the public display of the Entry in the agreed Venue for the duration of Art in the City (Aug 18).

2. Sold works will only be available to purchasers after the close of Art in the City. Sales inquiries during the exhibition will be directed to the DSA, who then will connect the artist and patron for payment. No commission taken by DSA / DDP.

Voting & Public Vote Grand Prize:

1. During the two-week time frame (August 4-17), the public will be encouraged to visit each display and vote for their favorite on

2. Online voting system will be available the entire two-week time frame; the link will be on

3. At the end of the two-week period, final votes will be tallied and the Public Vote Grand Prize Winner will be

announced August 18. Public Vote Grand Prize: $250.

Advertising & Promotion:

The Juried Art Show will be advertised in the Dayton Daily News,,, the Oakwood Register, among others. It will be promoted through poster distribution, a press release (45 regional media), TV, radio, and online (website, social media and blog/email blast to 12,000+ social media) as well as be integrated into regional tastemaker websites, 40+ online calendars and art sites. It will also be shared by numerous local arts partners to their respective audiences.

Agreement to Participate:

Submitting entry indicates that you agree with the conditions of entry and exhibit as outlined in these guidelines, and that you agree to make your work available and will deliver it to the gallery should it be selected for exhibit. The DSA or DDP may use submitted images and artwork in print and/or digital marketing materials.

Have a question? Contact or call/text the gallery at 937-228-4532.

Thank you to our Sponsors:
                  |  48 High Street, Dayton, OH 45403  |  937.228.4532
Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays: 12-5pm during exhibits & First Fridays: 6-9pm. Also by appointment.  

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