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Renowned Local Artist Premiers New Work at Dayton Visual Arts Center: Katherine Kadish unveils new, stunning paintings and monotypes

DAYTON (November 14, 2016) – Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) is pleased to present Inside Out, Outside In: New Works by Katherine Kadish, opening November 19th and running through December 24th . This exhibition comes at a pivotal time in the artist’s career with Kadish recently completing large-scale commissions at the Dayton Metro Library Northwest Branch and the Kettering Government Center, and having recently received a nomination for the 2017 Governor’s Award for the Arts.

This new series of paintings and monotypes by the internationally renowned artist is presented in an evocative installation conjuring passageways from one to another. The work in this exhibition includes paintings encased by shutters and doors, calling to mind windows connecting the inside and the outside. The exhibit also includes recent monotypes, single prints taken from a design created in oil paint and printing ink on glass, which Kadish made in New York with Master Printer Lisa Mackie.

“I’ve always been fascinated by views through gateways and windows connecting the inside and the outside, said Kadish in her artist statement. “In all of these recent paintings and monotypes, the aim is to suggest space beyond the confines of the canvas or the borders of the monotype in addition to evoking seasons, time of the day, wind and weather and sometimes the movement of water. The intention is to feel immersed in color, light and currents of water and air in nature.”

“Presenting this exhibition showcasing the newest work of this internationally-acclaimed artist is a true honor for DVAC,” said Eva Buttacavoli, DVAC Executive Director. “Kadish has the unique ability to blend both color and pattern into harmonious, poetic visual statements and these new works exemplify this talent in a profound way. There is a reflective, contemplative quality about this work that resonates with the viewer, evoking memories of time, place and presence.”

Kadish has exhibited her work since 1973 and splits her time working and living in Yellow Springs, Ohio and New York City. She has held residencies at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA; Ragdale in Lake Forest, IL, and Tyrone Guthrie Center for the Arts in Ireland. She has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago. She also attended the London College of Printing in London, England.

The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, November 19th at 3:00 p.m. A Gallery Talk by the artist will take place at 3:15 p.m. and will be followed by a light reception that is free and open to the public.

Inside Out, Outside In: New Works by Katherine Kadish is sponsored by Linda Lombard and Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr. The exhibition was selected through the 2014 Biennial Call for Exhibitions, juried by Jason Franz, Founding Executive Director & Chief Curator, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati; John Kortlander, Professor, Drawing & Painting, Columbus College of Art and Design and 2012 DVAC Biennial Call Artist; and Liz Maugens, Co-Founder & Director, Zygote Press, Cleveland.


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.