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“The biggest and best all art, all LOCAL, wildly fun, eclectic, affordable, talent-packed, cool, and casual art party of them all!”

DAYTON (March 20, 2019) – The Contemporary Dayton (The Co, formerly The Dayton Visual Arts Center) presents the 25th Annual Art Auction & Party on Friday, April 26, 2019, at the David H. Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Silent Auction from 6:30-9 p.m. The Live Auction takes place from 7-8 p.m. A Grand Prize Raffle for a Curated Columbus Art Adventure will be held at 8 p.m. Generous hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and music by Puzzle of Light will complement the event. This year’s goal is to raise $125,000, a Board challenge in acknowledgement of the event’s 25th anniversary. Event proceeds support exhibitions, public programs, and artist opportunities throughout the year.

Tickets are $50 for The Co Members, $65 for Non-Members, and $75 if purchased April 25, 26 or at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at by phone at 937/224.3822 or at the Gallery.

The Annual Art Auction & Party is The Co’s signature fundraising event and the only auction in the region dedicated exclusively to visual art. One-hundred and twelve works of art including paintings, photographs, prints, jewelry and sculpture in ceramic, wood, glass, and bronze created by the talented array of artists from in and around the Miami Valley will be available to bid on and take home. The Auction offers something for everyone with prices starting at $60.

“The Contemporary Dayton Art Auction & Party is one way in which we showcase, promote and celebrate the vast talent of our region’s numerous artists,” said Eva Buttacavoli, executive director of The Co. “This much-anticipated event draws over 700 friends, tastemakers, young professionals, community leaders, and philanthropic donors who truly believe art elevates our daily lives. Attendees find themselves immersed in the arts community, literally, as they are surrounded by impressive and inspired works from local artists.”

Artists represented in the 2019 Art Auction include some of the region’s most notable, including Dave Ackels, John Emery, MB Hopkins, Katherine Kadish, Tess Little, Mychaelyn Michalec, Ray Must, Andy Snow, and Terry Welker, plus many more.


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.