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Inspire(d) is the Dayton Society of Artists’ 2023 annual spring juried exhibition. The call for art is open to all mediums, techniques, and styles. Work is encouraged to, but does not have to fit the theme, inspire(d) (to inspire or be inspired). Any artist, 18 years or older, is eligible to enter. The juror is James Pate and over $1,000 will be awarded in prizes! Please note: all entries will be digitally submitted and juried instead of physically at the gallery. An online exhibition will also be created at and images will be shared on social media.


Jurying: Completed by Sun. March 19th 
Reception: Fri. April 7th, 6 - 9pm
Exhibition Runs: Fri. April 7th to Sat. May 20th 


James Pate is one of the most striking artists to emerge from the Midwest. Born in Birmingham, AL but raised in Cincinnati, OH, Pate’s art education is largely a result of growing up in a very rich artistic environment. During primary and middle school, Pate was a fixture at his neighborhood arts center, the Arts Consortium. He attended high school at The School for Creative and Performing Arts, where he received a scholarship to take accredited evening courses at the Art Academy of Cincinnati during his senior year. After a brief, yet life-altering stint in the Department of Fine & Performing Arts at Central State University, Pate’s consistent flow of commission projects refined and propelled his already potent aptitude to a professional level of quality.

Pate expresses himself through multiple artistic styles and covers a full range of mediums, materials, and subject matter. His work has been exhibited in a number of galleries and museums, including the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN and the DuSable Museum in Chicago, IL. The Cincinnati Reds MLB Franchise and the Atlanta Life Insurance Company are two of many organizations whose art collections feature Pate’s creations. He has received countless commissions from a diverse array of entities, including the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH, Dayton Power and Light, Inc. in Dayton, OH, and the prestigious law firm WilmerHale in Washington, DC.

Pate is a past winner of the highly competitive Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award grant and a two-time recipient of the Montgomery County Individual Artist fellowship. In 2010 he won Best of Drawing, Best of Painting, and Best of Show at the nationally competitive Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL—an unprecedented ruling. He is the 2015 Individual Artist recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Governor’s Award for the Arts, which is awarded annually to a single Ohio artist whose work has made a significant impact on their discipline locally, statewide, regionally, or nationally.

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

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