At The Contemporary Dayton we have created a unique environment where you, the working artist, can find an open, friendly, artist-centered community where members are treated with the utmost respect. We are dedicated to providing you with access to the professional and educational resources you need to develop your work, cultivate your creativity and get your art out in the world. Continuing education is important on so many fronts, because there is not a single, obvious path to being an artist. No degree, no skill set, no association guarantees you will be able to make a living in your chosen career. In fact, being an artist is more than a career – for most people, it’s a primary identity that goes back to childhood.
Ongoing Events & Artist Opportunities
Annual Artist Town Hall Meeting
Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, The Contemporary Dayton invites artists to learn about opportunities for the coming year from representatives from local and regional visual arts organizations. Includes time for networking and group discussion of issues and needs.
Art in Real Life
1st & 3rd Thursday of the month
Bring a brown bag lunch; network with other artists; bring a piece of art to “show and tell”; take part in critiques and lively discussion of area art events.
For up-to-date info, join Art Lunch, Public Group, Facebook.
Guidelines for Artists To Participate:
Art-o-mat® submissions from artists are welcome at any time. Since our project is ongoing, we are always interested in new work. We fully respect the rights of artistic freedom and enjoy working with artists of all levels. However, Art-o-mat machines are not as forgiving when it comes to size/structure. Strict adherence to our guidelines is necessary as any deviation from the specifications below will cause vending difficulty, logistical problems and unnecessary expense. Our selections are made based on effort, craftsmanship and originality. With that said, a key factor in our review process is how the final piece will be viewed in the hands of someone who may have never bought art before. Once accepted, where your artwork is placed is based on the needs of each venue. There are 120 Art-o-mat locations throughout the world. For each work sold you will receive $2.50. If all goes well, prepare to be asked for more. If you are only able to keep us in stock periodically, that is ok. But, consider your involvement as a long term relationship and send work when you can. We want Art-o-mat to be part of your ongoing art production/promotion. Here’s how you get started: http://www.artomat.org/guidelines/