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The Contemporary Dayton is dedicated to:

  • Presenting visual arts of the highest caliber
  • Showing a wide range of styles and media
  • Representing diverse viewpoints and cultural backgrounds
  • Encouraging interaction between artists and the general public


The Contemporary Dayton considers proposals from both artists and curators that expand the public’s understanding of the visual arts and represent the diversity and breadth of fine art and fine craft being made today. The Contemporary Dayton’s gallery space is 210 running feet and 1,810 square feet on street level in downtown Dayton’s Bindery Building at 118 N. Jefferson Street, between First and Second streets.

The Contemporary Dayton is committed to providing the art community and the general public with access to artists and information about art. We present exhibitions, gallery talks, workshops, art-themed events and community collaborations featuring artists. We actively promote marketing and sales opportunities for artists and adhere to the industry standard of 60% commission split to artists.

Annual Open Members’ Show | Drop-off: Jun 18 & 20, 2020


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The Contemporary Dayton Members are invited to submit artwork each Summer for the Annual Members’ Show. We alternate each year, presenting either an Open Members’ Show or a Juried Members’ Show.

Open Members’ Show – all Members are invited to submit and exhibit 1 work of art for display.
Juried Members’ Show – all Members are invited to submit 1-3 works, the work is juried by an arts professional, and the result is exhibited.

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Art in the City | Deadline: Jun 20, 2020


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Art Demos, Participatory Art Projects, or Art Performances for Art in the City, annual downtown Dayton free citywide arts festival, Friday, Aug 7, 2020

A radically open, citywide local art competition during the first 2 weeks in August in 10 bars, restaurants, hair salons, lobbies, tire auto services and other businesses in 3 square miles of downtown Dayton. Limited to artists ages 16 & up or groups of artists who reside within a 50 mile radius of downtown Dayton, OH; all 2D work accepted; $250 Public Vote Cash Prize

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Art That's Now Online Video Festival | Deadline: Ongoing

An open call for video works for The Co’s new Art That’s Now Online Video Festival, hosted on website and @thecontemporarydayton Instagram account.


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Biennial Call for Major Exhibitions


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Submission Deadline for the 2019-2021 Seasons: September 3, 2018

2019-2021 JURORS: TBA by July 2018

Biennial Call Submission Printable Form

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Holiday Gift Gallery | Deadline: Jul 1, 2020


Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Gift Gallery

The Contemporary Dayton’s (The Co) Holiday Gift Gallery is the premier fine art and fine craft gallery show and sale in the region, presented in The Co’s loft-like, contemporary gallery space with display designed by Dayton-Emmy Award Winning set designer, Chris “Red” Newman. 

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Contemporary Print Series


Contemporary Print Series

A selection of artists will be selected to receive a commission to create original artwork in an edition. Artists will be selected through representative images from the application. The committee will work with individual artists to approve final artwork for edition. Artists must commit to creating edition between notification and late Summer deadline. Commission payment 50% at agreement signing; balance at delivery.

This program was formerly called CSA-Community Supported Art, a nod to the self-sustaining economic model based on the concept of Community Supported Agriculture. The program’s products are created by artists and income is sustained by the CSA members (and possible partner organizations). CSAs are built upon connections between and the community. This program is made possible from a seed grant from U.S. Bank Foundation.



ArtSource Fellows Program | Deadline TBA

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The Contemporary Dayton is proud to present it’s first online exhibition featuring the 2018-19 Emerging Artist Fellows. The exhibition is curated by Eva Buttacavoli, The Contemporary Dayton’s Executive Director, and will be available to view through December 31, 2018.

In addition, the exhibition will serve concurrently as The Contemporary Dayton’s first online sales gallery. Selected works are also available for purchase by following the links.

The goals of The Contemporary Dayton’s Emerging Artist Fellowship program are to help artists create a great portfolio to better attain exhibition, grant, residency and sales opportunities – and to help The Contemporary Dayton build a network of opportunities to take area artists to the next stage in their art career.

The online show and sales site is the culmination of a 9-month professional development training of 20 Dayton-based artists and 8 Dayton-area arts professionals. Fellows participated in workshops including; Crafting Artists Statements & Biographies,  Best Practices in Photographing Art, and How to Submit Work Over the Web; received professional photography and critiques of current bodies of work; and feedback and editing of their final bios, statements and images.

The Contemporary Dayton’s Artist Fellowship was made possible from a grant from the Ohio Arts Council designed to grow ArtSource, The Contemporary Dayton’s art sales arm which connects businesses and healthcare organizations to local art.

2018 ArtSource Fellows:

  • Michele Bondurant
  • Matthew Burgy
  • Dan Cleary
  • Rachel Dominguez-Brenner
  • Shawna Hatton
  • Laura Howells
  • Mikee Huber
  • Cydnie King
  • Maureen O’Keefe
  • Kate Huser Santucci
  • Ashley Simons
  • Peggy Steinberg
  • Tina Louise Stewart
  • Jamie Strack
  • Winfred Taylor
  • Terry Welker
  • Mary Beth Whitley

ArtSource Fellows professional partners:

  • Tess Cortés, former university museum coordinator and multidisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited and screened nationally and internationally
  • Ken Emerick, Individual Artist and Percent for Art Director, Ohio Arts Council
  • Esther Hall, former director for the Ohio Art League independent fashion designer/fiber artist, and lecturer for VSA Ohio, a state organization on arts and disability
  • Jean Koeller, regional artist who exhibits her work regionally and nationally
  • David Leach, Professor Emeritus at Wright State University, where he taught printmaking, drawing, and color theory
  • Jeremy Long, Associate Professor of painting and drawing at Wright State University
  • Dr. Jerry Smith, Chief Curator, Dayton Art Institute
  • John Sousa, artist and artwork photographer with over 38 years of photography experience
  • Sean Wilkinson, Associate Professor of photography, University of Dayton


Since 1991, The Contemporary Dayton has helped sustain the Dayton region’s arts community by providing artists a place to show, market, and sell their work. The Annual Open Members’ Show and ArtSource are just two of the ways in which The Contemporary Dayton celebrates and supports both art and artists in our community.


Business Furniture | CLOSED

The Contemporary Dayton is partnering with Business Furniture to exhibit regional artists in their downtown office space. Artwork will be on display for a 3-month period and artists will receive an exhibition stipend of $125. Artwork will also be presented for sale and The Co will manage all sales transactions. 

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Annual Art Auction | CLOSED


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All area artists are invited to donate artwork for this exciting event—one of the largest and most respected auctions of contemporary art in the region. Artists do not have to be members to have artwork featured in the auction. We are committed to presenting a range of media and styles for a variety of prices from both emerging and established artists. We know it is a difficult decision to donate your work to a fundraiser and we greatly appreciate that you would choose The Contemporary Dayton. Like you, area collectors and the arts community hold The Contemporary Dayton to a high standard. Therefore, we seek work of the highest quality, originality, structural integrity, frame/display quality and condition, and appropriate market value. For these reasons, The Contemporary Dayton reserves the right to jury the donations according to these merits.

The Contemporary Dayton’s Annual Art Auction is always the last Friday in April; and Drop-off is early February.

Annual Art Auction Intent to Donate Form

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Levitt Pavilion | CLOSED

Request for proposals for a themed mural incorporating several sides of 2 buildings of the Levitt Pavilion-Dayton, in downtown Dayton. The poem, Music Heals on Fifth and Main by Sierra Leone, should be depicted on Building 1, Wall 1 or Wall 3. The mural also could incorporate select words, lines, or passages of the poem, could wrap around the building (see Inspiration Deck), and must utilize official Levitt Pavilion-Dayton color schemes. The themes of the mural should connect on both buildings. See link below for more details and to download the call for entry.

Levitt Pavilion-Dayton Call for Entry

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