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The Contemporary Dayton’s 28th Annual Art Auction

DAYTON (March 28, 2022) –The Contemporary Dayton’s 28th Annual Art Auction, the organization’s signature fundraiser, will take place Friday, April 29, 2022. The event will feature, for the first time, a Silent Auction in the Dayton Arcade’s magnificent Rotunda and a Live Auction in The Co’s adjacent stunning new galleries. With an invitation for all to celebrate art and party with hundreds of area artists, The Co’s Annual Art Auction is more casual than your average gala and livelier than your average fundraiser—and has been called the most eclectic art party in town.

We are excited to bring back our in-person Silent Art Auction after presenting it virtually the past two years. We invite you to sip, snack, browse, and bid often with friends and artists under the Arcade’s spectacular Rotunda at our new home, says Eva Buttacavoli, Executive Director of The Co.

Participating artists include some of the region’s most notable including recent exhibiting artists at The Co including Willis “Bing” Davis, Amy Deal, Heather Jones, Katherine Kadish, Amy Powell, Terry Welker, and many more. The Live Auction will feature eight artists who created new work especially for this year’s event.

Great Food, Music, and More
Over 24 local vendors and 40 event volunteers help make the Annual Art Auction a rollicking great party. The event includes delicious food, signature cocktails, live music by Dayton-favorite Puzzle of Light, featuring artist-musician Michael Bashaw, beloved Live Auctioneer Doug Sorrell, and hundreds of artists and friends. The evening itself is designed to be fun and informal for guests who are invited to browse the works of art on view, sample the copious hors d’oeuvre buffets, visit the three cash bars, or just gather under the Rotunda dome to listen to music and visit friends. Bidding is easy, too. Guests are encouraged to register to bid before the event to save time. View artwork, bid on what you love, and receive text reminders about your bids. Plus, there will be plenty of mobile bid help will be available throughout the event.

As its largest fundraiser of the year, The Co utilizes funds raised from the Annual Art Auction to support future programs and events that advance art for the community and a community for artists whose work emanates from Dayton and Ohio and whose practices speak to prominent issues of our time on both the national and international level.

Friday, April 29, 2022
6–10 p.m.
Dayton Arcade Rotunda
35 W 4th Street, Dayton 45402
Free Parking at Reibold Garage; enter at 25 W 5th St


  • 75+ works of original art by Dayton area artists up for bid, starting at $100.
  • Preview artwork online for free, purchase tickets and sponsorships, and register to bid at
  • Preview artwork in-person for free in The Co’s galleries on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, from 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Mobile bidding begins Wednesday, April 27 at 11 a.m. Bidding is free, but you must register to bid.
  • Buy-it-now will be available Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Buy tickets at
Members: $75 | Non-Members: $90
Admission Day of Event at door only: $100

Erin Holscher Almazan
Guustie Alvarado
Pat Antonick
Bridgette Bogle
David Brand
Sarah Brashears
Virginia Burroughs
Susan Byrnes
Bruce Campbell
Rosalie Campbell
JD Claffey
Dan Cleary
John Creekmore
Jon Daugherty
Lori Daugherty
Willis “Bing” Davis
Amy Deal
Regina Dixon
Amy Dolan
Tobi Ewing
Samantha Farkas
Jeanne Rusnak Fehskens
Doug Fiely
Tracy Foskuhl
Bill Franz
Mark Freytag
Jennifer Glance
Michael Gummer
Linda Hart
Debbie Hicks
MB Hopkins
Mikee Huber
Jaclynn Jerrells
Heather Jones
Katherine Kadish
Cydnie King
Paul Laage
David Leach
Richard Malogorski
Edy Martin
Abby Maurer
C. Pat McClelland
Kevin McNeeley
Cathy Mong
Thu Nguyen
Thomas Paul Novak
Maureen O’Keefe
Jaime Pacheco
Marilynn Page
Sandra Picciano Brand
Linda Phillips
Judd Plattenburg
Amy Powell
David Riel
Jeremie David Riggleman
Francine Riley
Yetunde Rodriguez
Ron Rollins
Jennifer Rosengarten
Eric Roy
Francis Schanberger
Susanne Scherette King
Allyson Mushovic Shank
Ashley Simons
Dennis Simons
Andy Snow
Bruce Soifer
Nick Stamas
Barb Stork
Jo Anne Vincent
Jon Vincent
Gerard Walsh
Terry Welker
Robine Wright

Presenting Sponsor: Dayton Children’s Hospital
Media Sponsor: Dayton Daily News/
Event Partners: bgutsy designs, Bernstein’s Fine Catering, Custom Frame Services, The Flower Shoppe, Mitosis, and Prime Time Party & Event Rental.

Dirk Kreutzer Chair
Beth Adelman | Lisa & Mark Allan | Barbara & Dan Claudepierre | Heather & Dave Hime | Mike Houser | Amanda Ricci | Jo Anne & Jon Vincent


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.