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DVAC Launches New Community Supported Art Program —CSA(rt)

DAYTON (January 21, 2016) – The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) has launched an inaugural program that will allow 50 lucky art lovers a special opportunity to connect with one-of-a-kind visual art and the talented artists behind the limited edition original artworks.

The Community Supported Art Program — CSA(rt) — is a spin on “Community Supported Agriculture” providing art lovers a share of fresh, handcrafted artwork. One art share will provide the shareholder with a crop of six unique, signed pieces of art created in editions of 50, as well as two tickets to a special Harvest Pick-Up Party to be held this summer in August. A total of 50 shares will be available for $650 a share. It’s a program designed to strengthen the art community by supporting the careers of emerging artists and cultivating collectors.

With only 50 shares available for purchase, the community is encouraged to sign up now as shares are expected to sell-out quickly. Shares will go on sale February 1 to DVAC members and then open up to the general public for sale on February 8. Artists will be announced to the art-loving public on Valentine’s Day (February 14). Guest juror helping select the featured CSA(rt) work is James Yood, adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and contributor to Artforum International.

“Purchasing a DVAC CSA share is an opportunity to collect work by acclaimed local artists at affordable prices, discover emerging artists and support DVAC and the local art community,” said DVAC Executive Director Eva Buttacavoli.

To learn more about DVAC’s CSA and to become an exclusive shareholder, please visit To become a DVAC member and receive exhibition and sales opportunities all year long, visit and click on “Membership.”

“DVAC’s CSA is a year of grass-roots art buying, collecting, networking, parties and special moments,” said Amy Deal, DVAC CSA Coordinator who is co-coordinating the program with Alexis Larsen. “It’s 100 percent organic, fresh, locally sourced and good for you. With limited shares available the time to buy is now!”


Mission: To provide art for the community and a community for artists.

Overview: The Contemporary Dayton (The Co) is the region’s contemporary art center. Established in 1991 as Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC), a 501c3, The Co produces and presents original exhibitions and programs, art events, community partnerships, and artist opportunities. Exhibitions and education programs feature artists living and working today, both nationally and in Ohio, with an emphasis on those whose work focuses on issues of social justice. In addition to its three galleries—open to all and always free—its retail store, the CoSHOP, provides income for Ohio artists and extends The Co’s accessibility to art, from visitor engagement to educational outreach through store products, programs, and experiences.

The Co is proud to support the creation of connections among the arts, community building, civic engagement, community planning, and use of public space, and makes an annual economic impact of 3.4 million to the region. Recently raising 1 million during the Pandemic to expand and move into its new home in downtown’s historic Dayton Arcade, The Co is led by Executive Director Eva Buttacavoli, a 30-year art museum administrator, curator, and educator, whose previous roles were at The Contemporary Austin, TX and The Perez Art Museum Miami, FL; and Curator Michael Goodson, who previously served as Curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, OH; and as Director at James Cohan Gallery, NY.

The Contemporary Dayton receives operating support from Culture Works, Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District, Ohio Arts Council, the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation, and Members.