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The Contemporary Dayton presents Glow: The 28 th DP&L Foundation Annual Open Members’ Show featuring the 2nd Annual Mike Goheen Memorial Award for Emerging Photographers

July 5-August 10, 2019

DAYTON (May 13, 2019) – The Contemporary Dayton (formerly THE Dayton Visual Arts Center) is pleased to present Glow: The 27 th Annual Open Members’ Show, sponsored by the DP&L Foundation, opening July 5 and continuing through August 10, 2019.

“For 28 years, The Contemporary Dayton has proudly given member artists the opportunity to submit a work of art to be presented in an exhibition with over 100 of their peers,” said Eva Buttacavoli, The Co’s Executive Director. “Artists fresh from art school next to career artists, self-taught next to MFAs, Dayton-born next to just-arrived. All works are accepted and celebrated. And in fact, our audiences say this is one of their favorite shows of the year – a snapshot or microcosm of Dayton arts all in one gallery.”

For the second year, The Mike Goheen Memorial Award for Emerging Photographers will be selected to honor longtime Member, Mike Goheen, his legacy, and passion for photography. The award was established in 2017 by Mike’s partner and The Contemporary Dayton supporter, Craig Schrolucke, and will provide a $500 prize to an artist in the Annual Members’ Show. The award is one of the largest of its kind in the region and will be given every year to a photographer who demonstrates experimental photographic methods. Last year’s winner was Francis Schanberger with Thighs and Sunlight, 2018, gelatin silver print with Sabatier Effect, 14 x 11 in.

The Mike Goheen Award for Emerging Photographers will be selected this year by UD Professor and photographer, Joel Whitaker. Artists can learn more about this award and drop-off dates by going to

The opening reception for Glow will take place on First Friday, July 5, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at The Contemporary Dayton, located at 118 N. Jefferson St. in Downtown Dayton. A Gallery Talk will take place with the Member Artists on Friday, August 2 from 6-8 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

About Mary Gray

This year’s prize juror is Mary Gray, curator and gallerist, former Executive Director of the Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. Gray will select prizes in the following categories:

  • The Lombard Prize for Best in Show
  • The Mayor’s Office Award
  • The 2020 Members Showcard Award
  • The Mike Goheen Memorial Award for Emerging Photographers

About Joel Whitaker

Joel Whitaker is a Professor at University of Dayton. He holds a BFA from the University of Montevallo, Alabama and an MFA from Florida State University, Tallahassee. In 2008 he was one of eight Ohio photographers selected to participate in a NEH funded re-photographic survey of FSA photographs of Ohio. His work has been highlighted in the Elements of Photography and Photography Now/One Hundred Portfolios – An International Survey of Contemporary Photography. In 2018 he had a solo show at The Contemporary Dayton titled When Things Go Missing. His work is in several public collections, has been exhibited extensively in the US, and received several state, regional, and university grants.


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.