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New Dayton Visual Arts Center Exhibition Showcases New Paintings from Wright State Professor Glen Cebulash

DAYTON (April 27, 2017) – Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) is pleased to present Glen Cebulash: New Work, a solo exhibition by local artists and arts professor Glen Cebulash consisting of large abstractions that explore the fundamental nature of painting. The exhibit opens May 5th and runs through June 17th, 2017.

“My work, always abstract in its embrace of essential form, began around 2001 to transition toward a completely nonobjective vocabulary,” said Cebulash in his artist statement. “Since then I have striven to fully realize my painterly ambitions: monumentality, iconic form and dynamic plasticity as a vehicle for experience as well as intellectual and emotional meaning.”

“I am interested in painting that exists in a positive state; materially and spatially itself, and unapologetically so,” adds Cebulash. “Painting that is assertive about its inherent condition and confident in its meaning-making powers. An art that is cognizant of its contingent status, but devoid of irony, pastiche and the preening, self-satisfied ‘in-joke’. An art that is true, above all, to itself and honest with its audience about what it can and cannot do.”

Cebulash received his BFA in painting from Boston University and his MFA in painting from the American University in Washington, D.C. Currently, he serves as professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Wright State University. Cebulash was recently awarded a 2017 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.

A Collector’s Preview for Glen Cebulash: New Work, will be held May 5th from 5-6 p.m., followed by an Opening Reception from 6-8 p.m. A Gallery Talk with the artist will be held May 18th from 6-8 p.m. Additionally, Cebulash will host No Fear Feedback on May 20th at 1:30 p.m. This is an open critique where artists are invited to bring one work for discussion. RSVP to Patrick Mauk at [email protected].

Cebulash 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.

The Presenting Exhibition Sponsor for this show is LMG Lunne Marketing Group, Inc. Exhibition Partners are Amelia Hounshell and Brian Albrech and Education & Public Program Sponsors are Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr., Dr. Michael Ervin and Nita Nordstrom, and Ray & Eleanor Must.


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.