Jaime Pacheco, Virtual Exhibition, 2017, relief print 14 x 16 in., courtesy of the artist

Annual Members’ Show: The Light Within


July 6-August 11, 2018

The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) presents the 27th Annual Open Members’ Show, The Light Within, sponsored by the DP&L Foundation, opening July 6 and continuing through August 11, 2018.

For 27 years, DVAC has proudly given member artists the opportunity to submit a work of art to be presented in an exhibition with over 100 of their peers. Artists fresh from art school next to career artists, self-taught next to MFAs, Dayton-born next to just-arrived. All works are accepted and celebrated. And in fact, our audiences say this is one of their favorite shows of the year – a snapshot or microcosm of Dayton arts all in one gallery.

This year’s exhibition theme, The Light Within, was selected in honor of Exhibition Sponsor Dayton Power & Light by the Exhibition and Programing Committee, with input from the DVAC staff. The theme is open to each artist’s own interpretation of the light within.

Over 100 works of art will be on display in a range of media including painting, drawing, photography and more. Many works will be for sale.

The opening reception for The Light Within will take place on First Friday, July 6, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at DVAC, located at 118 N. Jefferson St. in Downtown Dayton. A “lightning-round” Gallery Talk will take place during the closing reception for the show on August 11 from 4-6 p.m. The Gallery Talk will be followed by a reception with light snacks and an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists. All events are free and open to the public. The exhibition will close on August 11, 2018 after the Gallery Talk.

This year’s prize juror is Jeffrey Cortland Jones, Professor of Art at the University of Dayton. Jones will select prizes in the following categories:

  • The Lombard Award for Best in Show
  • The Mayor’s Office Award
  • The 2019 Members Showcard Award
  • The Mike Goheen Memorial Fund for Photographers Award (new this year)

Awards will be announced at the Opening Reception, Fri, Jul 6, 2018.

The Light Within is presented with support from Exhibition Partners Eileen and Richard Carr and Education & Public Program Sponsor Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

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