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The Cline Show: Annual Regional College and University Art & Design Student Exhibition

DAYTON (February 24, 2016) – The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) presents The Cline Show / Annual Art & Design Student Invitational, an annual exhibition featuring the work of 31 college and university art and design students from across the region. This show opens March 4th and runs through March 26th.

For The Cline Show program, students were nominated by faculty of fine art and design departments from Edison State Community College, the School of Advertising Art, Sinclair Community College, the University of Dayton and Wright State University. These students collaborate directly with DVAC, gaining valuable hands-on experience in exhibiting their work.

Each student is permitted to submit up to three works of art, ranging from painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and design. Nominated students are also eligible to interview for the program’s three mentorships, in which winners take on the roles of curator, preparatory and marketing and publication coordinator for the exhibition. DVAC provides specialized training to these artists through the process of organizing and participating in a professional gallery exhibition. This year’s mentored students are:

  • Curator: Stephanie Tyson, Wright State University
  • Preparators: Ashley Speelman, Sinclair Community College and Courtney Hoelscher, University of Dayton
  • Marketing & Publication Coordinator: Mckenzie Reeves, Wright State University

In addition, in keeping with DVAC’s commitment to building a community for artists, all participating student artists receive a scholarship to participate in Getting in the Game, a day-long artist “bootcamp” on March 12 at Rosewood Art Centre organized annual by DVAC, Rosewood, the Stein Galleries at WSU and K12 Gallery & Tejas.

This annual exhibition was named in memory of Barbara C. Cline who, in her 10 years as DVAC’s office manager, positively affected hundreds of student interns and emerging artists. In that spirit, DVAC is proud to showcase college and university art and design students in this very special event sponsored by the Barbara C. Cline Memorial Fund, Exhibition Partners Amelia Hounshell & Brian Albrecht, and Education & Public Program Sponsors Beth Adelman, David Fogerty & Kathleen Watters, and Dr. Bob Brandt, Jr.

“DVAC was founded by Dayton-area artists, art supporters, and visual arts professionals who saw a need for more interaction between the public and regional artists. Working with our region’s students, mentoring them and providing them with a true-to-life, professional gallery experience is at the core of what we do, helping to foster the next generation of artists and making connections to other artists and art lovers,” said Eva Buttacavoli, executive director of DVAC. “Each year, it is a privilege to work with students for The Cline Show in an experience that replicates the submission and selection process undertaken by professional and institutional galleries everywhere.”

The Cline Show also provides the community with an opportunity to experience the work of emerging artists, and perhaps purchase a work to include in their collection. DVAC helps sustain the arts community by providing a place to show, market, and sell work and also helps satisfy the needs and wants of art-lovers who have a place to see artists’ work and, often, meet the artists.

Student Artists Include:

  • Amanda Baker, School of Advertising Art
  • Churon Brown, Wright State University
  • Christine Calderon, Sinclair Community College
  • Amanda L. Campbell, Sinclair Community College
  • Aileen Cave, Wright State University
  • Justin Henry, Edison State Community College
  • Courtney Hoelscher, University of Dayton
  • Alexa Indriolo, University of Dayton
  • Rachael Krantz, School of Advertising Art
  • Kacie Lawrence, School of Advertising Art
  • Jessica R. Leach, Sinclair Community College
  • Gracyn Leep, School of Advertising Art
  • Alexis Lyman, Wright State University
  • Caitlyn McCurdy, School of Advertising Art
  • Aubrey Nicol, School of Advertising Art
  • Emily Nurrenbrock, Wright State University
  • Mckenzie Reeves, Wright State University
  • Johanna Schmitz, Wright State University
  • David Scott, Sinclair Community College
  • Ashley Speelman, Sinclair Community College
  • Emma Stiver, University of Dayton
  • Alex L. Todd, Sinclair Community College
  • Stephanie Tyson, Wright State University
  • Allison Vassanelli, University of Dayton
  • Patti Vincent, Wright State University

The Opening Reception for The Cline Show will occur on March 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. This reception is free and open to the public. A Gallery Talk is scheduled for March 24th at 6:15 p.m.


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.