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The Contemporary Dayton Announces Call for Art for The 27th Annual Art Auction Fundraiser

DAYTON (February 16, 2021) – The Contemporary Dayton (The Co) is inviting artists to help support the organization’s exhibition and education programs through a donation of an original work of art for its 27th Annual Art Auction. Artists may select to contribute 100% or 75% of the sales proceeds of their work of art. The 2021 Auction will take place online June 23–27 where registration and bidding will be free and open to all. A smaller, ticketed, LIVE Auction is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 25 in the Dayton Arcade’s newly restored Rotunda. Participating artists will also receive a professional, high-resolution digital image of their work for their portfolio.

Artwork & Donation Form Drop-offs

  • Wednesday, March 3, 12–4 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 4, 4–7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.


All area artists are invited to donate one original work of art. Artists do not have to be Members of The Co to participate. The organization is committed to presenting a range of media and styles for a variety of prices from both emerging and established artists—therefore, The Co seeks original work of the highest quality, structural integrity, frame/display quality and condition, and appropriate market value. For these reasons, The Co reserves the right to jury artwork according to these merits.

Presentation of Artwork

Artworks must be original (no reproductions), clean, dry, and ready to hang (hardware must be included). The Co encourages the donation of works created in the last three years and for work to be presented with clean, neutral matting, and with unadorned, neutral framing. Additionally, The Co asks artists to completion an artwork information form—with title, media, and brief description of the work– which The Co uses in marketing materials, on the Auction website, and in-person descriptions and play an important role in connecting to the audience and to buyers.

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Contact Cydnie King, Curatorial Assistant at The Contemporary Dayton, [email protected] or call 937.224.3822.


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.