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PAST EXHIBITIONS

Learn More About Past Exhibitions at The Co

Nina Chanel Abney

 August 6–October 24, 2021

At the forefront of a generation of artists that are unapologetically revitalizing traditional narrative figurative painting through the lens of contemporary life, New Jersey-based painter, Nina Chanel Abney, draws on animated cartoons, video games, hip-hop culture, celebrity websites, and tabloid magazines to create large-scale paintings and collages that are scathing commentaries on social attitudes and inequities.

Mychaelyn Michalec: From A Basement On A Hill

 August 6–October 24, 2021

The premiere of a new body of work by Dayton-based artist, Mychaelyn Michalec, consisting of embroidered “drawings” and deeply textured tufted rug “paintings” that conflate issues of craft and cultural value.

Sara Cwynar: Soft Film

 August 6–October 24, 2021

Combining elements of composite photography and experimental film and performance video, Brooklyn-based artist, Sara Cwynar, is interested in how objects circulate via the Internet, entering and exiting various lives.

Samuel Levi Jones: The Empire is Falling

November 5, 2021–January 16, 2022

Jones’ paintings are comprised of the rended covers of books whose purpose is to influence, educate, and inform. In his effort to investigate omissions and falsehoods deeply embedded within these volumes, Jones sews the book covers back together to create uncannily beautiful abstract paintings, often at a large scale.

Willis “Bing” Davis: Kneel

November 5, 2021–January 16, 2022

Featuring a room-sized installation that explores police brutality through “kneelers” created with reclaimed wood sculptures. In the tradition of African Folk Art prayer, the kneelers metaphorically connect Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protests and the fatal action in the murder of George Floyd.

Tuan Andrew Nguyen: The Boat People

November 5, 2021–January 16, 2022

Extracting and re-working narratives via history and supernaturalism is an essential part of Nguyen’s video works and sculptures where fact and fiction are both held accountable. Set in an unspecified future at the precarious edge of humanity’s possible extinction, The Boat People follows a group of children led by a strong-willed and resourceful little girl, who travel the seas and collect stories of a world they never knew through objects that survived through time.

Nari Ward: We the People

September 11 – November 30, 2020

A 60-foot-wide wall installation, which consists of thousands of shoelaces that hang fringe-like from the gallery wall, Ward recreates the words that start the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, replicating the font and style of the Constitution’s main scribe, Timothy Matlack. Additionally, The Co will collaborate with the League of Women Voters in the Greater Dayton Area, by turning the gallery into a voter registration center and delivering every newly registered voter’s documents to the Montgomery County Board of Elections on a daily basis. Registration will include the ability to receive mail-in ballots.

 

Holiday Co-Share

November 19 – December 31, 2020

Our 2020 Holiday Gift Gallery, reimagined: The Holiday Co-Share, a virtual holiday shop with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Artist Members. We made it easy to find unique and stunning gifts this holiday season, all while shopping local! Browse and purchase items directly from our Artist Members.

 

Zachary Armstrong: Grids & Abstracts

April 30–July 18, 2021

Zachary Armstrong will present an exhibition using newly designed wallpaper, large paintings, prints, and other elements, transforming the gallery into a massive collage in black, white, and gray using lines, grids, found and created images.

 

Curtis Barnes, Sr.: Love & Peace

April 30–July 18, 2021

Curators Zachary Armstrong and Michael Goodson, working with Curtis Barnes Sr.’s family, quite literally pulled these paintings from a dark storage room off of far West Salem Ave. Though some of the paintings need restoration and cleaning, these works immediately sprung to life as they came into the light.

 

Cauleen Smith: Remote Viewing

April 30–July 18, 2021

Globally recognized filmmaker, artist, and teacher, Cauleen Smith, and her video Remote Viewing uncovers a true story about a boy who watched the whites in his town attempt to obliterate every trace of the black community’s history by digging a deep hole in which to bury a historical schoolhouse built for the education of black students.

Remote Viewing’s title simultaneously refers to the inaccessibility of Land Art’s iconic works, mostly experienced at a distance through photo documentation, and to how this remove mirrors the detachment evident in our acceptance of systemic social violence accessed via the blithe click of a TV remote control.

And Then Unfold

Sept 6-Oct 26, 2019

Gallery Talk: Oct 4

Lyrical, calligraphic abstractions on paper by emerging artists Jack St. John, Cleveland; Diana Behl, Brookings, SD; and Nishiki Sugawara-Beda, Dallas, TX. 

Education & Public Program Sponsor: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

 

Holiday Gift Gallery

Nov 14-Dec 21, 2019

Our popular 80+ fine artisan “giftable” holiday shop featuring original handblown glass, woven scarves, wood turned bowls, and one-of-a-kind ornaments.

With Devotion

Jan 17-Feb 15, 2020

Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: Jan 17 | 5-8 p.m.

Workshop: Make Great Art on your iPad, led by Alison Jardine: Jan 25 | 1-3 p.m.

4 Ohio women’s playful investigation of materials including fabric, cast concrete, polypropylene, traditional oil and acrylic, casein and marble dust. 

Artists: Alison Jardine, Heather Jones, Jenniffer Omaitz, Paige Williams.

Curator-in-Residence: Jeffrey Cortland Jones. 

Exhibition Sponsor: The University of Dayton

Education & Public Program Sponsor: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

Matter and Pattern

Feb 27-Mar 28, 2020

Opening Reception: Feb 27

Gallery Talk: Mar 6 

Presenting the work of three artists—Sonya Berg Menges, Michele BonDurant, and Britny Wainwright—who create colorful and rhythmic assemblages using such materials as found photographs, tape, ceramic, and vinyl to explore the boundaries of pattern and surface.

Curator-in-Residence: Tess Cortés

Presenting Sponsor: The SHE Society

Exhibition Sponsor: Brian Albrecht & Amelia Hounshell

Education & Public Program Sponsor: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

Annual Auction Preview Exhibition + Artists to Watch

Apr 3-22, 2020 

A selection of artists to watch from our largest fundraiser of the year, The Annual Art Auction, Apr 24, 2020.

Remix

May 8-Jun 20, 2020 (Online)

Exhibiting artists are Jason Lee from Morgantown, West Virginia, Ry McCullough from Tampa, FL, Whitney Sage from Blissfield, Michigan. These three emerging artists will show idiosyncratic abstractions of everyday life through a selection of drawings, prints and sculptures.

Exhibition & Program Sponsors: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr., Amelia Hounshell & Brian Albrecht, Richard Lapedes & Maureen Lynch

The 29th Annual Open Members’ Show

Reflections of COVID-19

Jul 11-Aug 15, 2020

Our annual all-media, all-level Artist Member celebration. Awards include The Lombard Prize for Best in Show, The Mayor’s Office Exhibition Award and The Mike Goheen Memorial Award for Emerging Photographers. 

 

Friends & Family Preview

Friday, July 10, 12-4 p.m.

Please wear masks and practice safe distancing 

 

Prize Juror: WIllis “Bing” Davis, artist, cultural leader, founder of EbonNia Gallery, Dayton

Exhibition Sponsor: Brian Albrecht & Amelia Hounshell

Education & Public Program Sponsor: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

When Things Go Missing: New Photographs by Joel Whitaker

presented as part of FotoFocus Biennial 2018

Sept 7-Nov 3, 2018

A solo exhibition of photographs by this University of Dayton professor, presented around 4 narratives about loss.

Opening Reception

September 7, 6-8 p.m.

Gallery Talk

September 20, 6-8 p.m.

FotoFocus Student Open House

October 3, 4-7 p.m.

Presenting Sponsor: The University of Dayton 

Exhibition Partner: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr. 

Holiday Gift Gallery

Nov 16-Dec 22, 2018

Fine art & fine craft “giftables” by 50+ local and regional artists. Gallery design by Chris “Red” Newman, DayTony-award-winning set designer.

Opening Reception

Thursday, November 15, 6-8 p.m.

Emerging: The Biennial Art & Design Student Show

Jan 11-Feb 9, 2019

The best student work from Antioch College, Central State University, The Modern College of Design, Sinclair Community College, University of Dayton, Wittenberg University, and Wright State University.

Curator and Barbara C. Cline Memorial Prize Juror: Jeffrey Cortland Jones, 2018-19 Curator-in-Residence.

Opening Reception

Friday, January 11, 6-8 p.m. free & open to all

The Cline Show Artist Reunion + Curator & Artist Talk

Thursday, January 24, 6-8 p.m. free & open to all

Exhibition Presenting Sponsor: University of Dayton
Exhibition Partner: Amelia Hounshell & Brian Albrecht
Education & Public Program Sponsor: Dr Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

Journeys: The Work of Willis “Bing” Davis & Tess Little

presented as part of R.E.A.C.H. Across Dayton

Feb 21-Mar 23, 2019

A multimedia retrospective exploring the African American and Appalachian roots and the 25-year creative partnership of two Dayton-based artists and friends.

Opening Reception

February 21, 6-8 p.m.

Auction Preview Exhibition

April 5-24, 2019
at The Contemporary Dayton

Opening Reception

April 5, 6-8 p.m. free & open to all

Presenting Sponsor: Coolidge Wall Co., L.P.A.

There, There: John Dickinson & Shona Macdonald

May 3-Jun 15, 2019

Cast silicone sculpture and delicate paintings of desolate landscapes allude to architecture and displacement. Curated by Curator-in-Residence, Jeffrey Cortland Jones.

Opening Reception

May 3, 6-8 p.m.

Gallery Talk

May 16, 6-8 p.m.

Make Silicone Molds with John Dickinson

May 18, 12 p.m.

Education & Public Program Sponsor: Dr Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

Glow: The 28th Annual DP&L Foundation Open Members’ Show

Jul 5-Aug 10, 2019

Our annual all-media, all-level Artist Member celebration. Awards include The Lombard Prize for Best in Show, The Mayor’s Office Exhibition Award and The Mike Goheen Memorial Award for Emerging Photographers 

Prize Juror: Mary Gray, curator and former Executive Director, Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery, Columbus

Juror for the Mike Goheen Memorial Award: Joel Whitaker, photographer and Chair, Department of Art and Design, University of Dayton

Opening Reception

July 5, 6-8 p.m.

Gallery Talk

August 2, 6-8 p.m.

Education & Public Program Sponsor: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

Breathing Deeply, Pushing Back

Aug 25-Sept 22, 2017

An investigation of the artist as activist by Dayton Regional STEM School students; guest curator Michael Casselli; guest artists Carris Adams, Juan-Si Gonzalez, and Christina Springer; and juried selections from an open call.

Opening Reception

August 25, 6-8 p.m.

Welcome Dayton Roundtable

One City, Many Voices: Stories of Commonality & Community
August 26, 2-4 p.m.

Gallery Talk

September 1, 6:15 p.m.

 

Art Werger: Below the Surface

Oct 6-Nov 4, 2017

Opening Reception: October 6, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Talk: October 19, 6-8 p.m.

Large-scale intaglio prints and a 400-print installation by this noted Ohio University professor.

Presenting Sponsor: Susan & Ira Thomsen
Education & Public Program Sponsor: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.
Exhibition Partner: Amelia Hounshell & Brian Albrecht

 

Holiday Gift Gallery

Nov 17-Dec 23, 2017

Artist Opening: Nov 15, 2017
Holiday on Ice: Nov 16, 2017
Opens to the Public: Nov 17, 2017

Trunk Shows/Pop-up Shops: November 30, December 7 & 14, 2017
Holiday Flash Sale: December 26-28, 2017

DVAC’s popular fine art and fine craft gift-able gallery featuring 75+ Miami Valley artists along with three artisan “Trunk Shows.”

Presenting Sponsor: LMG-Lunne Marketing
Exhibition Partner: Betsy & Lee Whitney
Education & Public Program Sponsor: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

 

The Cline Show: Annual Art & Design Student Invitational

Jan 12-Feb 10, 2018

Opening Reception: January 12, 6-8 p.m.** Postponed to Friday, Feb 2, 6-8 p.m.**
Gallery Talk: February 2, 6-8 p.m.

The best student work happening right now from Sinclair, UD, WSU and more.

Exhibition Partner: Amelia Hounshell & Brian Albrecht
Education & Public Program Sponsors: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr., and Marjorie Kuhns

 

Stratum: New Work by Amy Kollar Anderson & Kate Huser Santucci

Feb 22-Mar 24, 2018

Opening Reception: February 22, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Talk: March 2, 6-8 p.m.

A new, original collaboration, Stratum is at once a stunning deconstruction of the detritus of the layers of our natural world and, as each panel is displayed with a record of its process, is a seldom seen peek into the creative process.

Exhibition Partner: Anne F. Johnson
Education & Public Program Sponsor: Robert L. Brandt, Jr. and Dave & Mary Beth Whitley

 

2018 Art Auction Preview

Apr 6-25, 2018

Opening Reception: April 6, 6-8 p.m.

Sneak peeks of our upcoming Auction + Party (April 27, 2018).

Education & Public Program Sponsors:
Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.
Mary Baker Koch
Susan Strong & Bob Pohl

 

Ray Hassard and Marlene Steele: Urban Landscapes

May 4-Jun 16, 2018

Opening Reception: May 4, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Talk: May 24, 6-8 p.m.
Urban Paint Out & Critique: June 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Expansive pastels and oils inspired by the stark shapes of machines and buildings in the constantly changing cityscapes of the Midwest.

 

Exhibition Partner: Amelia Hounshell & Brian Albrecht
Education & Public Program Sponsors: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr. and Susan Strong & Bob Pohl

 

DP&L Foundation Annual Open Members’ Show: The Light Within

Jul 6-Aug 11, 2018

Opening Reception: July 6, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Talk & Closing Reception: August 11, 4-6 p.m.

All media, all ages, all levels are invited to display work in this annual, end-of-year, member celebration.

Exhibition Partner: Eileen & Richard Carr
Education & Public Program Sponsor: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

 

Also Opening July 6, 2018: 20 Artists to Watch

an online exhibition at daytonvisualarts.org featuring new work by DVAC’s ArtSource Fellows

Presenting Sponsor: The DVAC Fellowship for Emerging Artists Fund

DVAC25

Sep 2-Oct 1, 2016

Collector’s Preview: September 2, 5-6 p.m.

Opening Reception: September 2, 6-8 p.m.

DVAC Reunion & Artist Meet & Greet, September 17, 2-4 p.m.

Kicking off DVACs 25th Birthday Season, this dynamic exhibition presents new drawings, paintings, prints and assemblages created by pairs of groups made up of a select 25 artists from 25 years of DVAC programming. Curated by Eva Buttacavoli.

Sponsors: Lou & Steve Mason, Betsy & Lee Whitney, Premier Health, Kathy & John Emery, Pam & George Houk, Linda Lombard, and Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

Navigations: New Works by Dennie Eagleson Greenberg, Tracy Longley-Cook & John Sousa

October 7-November 5, 2016

Collector’s Preview: October 7, 5-6 p.m.

Opening Reception: October 7, 6-8 p.m.

Gallery Talk: October 20, 5:30-8 p.m; talk begins at 6:15 p.m.

Alternative-process photographs and photo-based paintings by three of the region’s most groundbreaking artists. Presented in conjunction with FotoFocus Biennial 2016.

Sponsors: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr. and Anne F. Johnson

Inside Out, Outside In: New Works by Katherine Kadish

November 17-December 24, 2016

Opening Reception: November 19, 6-8 p.m.; Gallery Talk: 5:30 p.m.

A new series of paintings and monotypes presented in an evocative installation conjuring passageways from one to another.

Sponsors: Linda Lombard and Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

Holiday Gift Gallery

November 17-December 24, 2016

Holiday on Ice, Preview Party & Artful Cocktail Mix-off

November 17, 5:30-8 p.m.

The Contemporary Dayton’s popular fine art and fine craft giftable gallery featuring 62 Miami Valley artists.

Sponsors: Rick Omlor & Dr. Elizabeth Hardy and Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

The Secrets We Keep: New Works by Zoe Hawk, Ashley Jonas & Stephanie McGuinness

January 13-February 24, 2017

Collector’s Preview: January 13, 5-6 p.m.

Opening Reception: January 13, 6-8 p.m.

Gallery Talk: January 14, 2 p.m.

Painting and installation by three artists who explore their feminine identity in the realm of private and public spaces.

Sponsors: Amelia Hounshell & Brian Albrecht and Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

 

The Cline Show: Annual Art & Design Student Invitational

March 3-April 1, 2017

Opening Reception: March 3, 5-8 p.m.

Gallery Talk March 23, 5:30-8 p.m.; talk begins at 6:15 p.m.  

The best student work happening right now from Sinclair, UD, WSU and more.

Exhibition Partners: Catherine G. Hall and Amelia Hounshell & Brian Albrecht

Education & Public Program Sponsors: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr., Krista Crawford Mathis, Ph. D., Mrs. Ed Kuhns, David Fogarty & Kathleen Watters

 

Auction Preview: Live Auction Reveal & Artists-to-Watch

April 19-26, 2017

Opening Reception: April 19, 5-8 p.m.

Annual Art Auction: April 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Preview Live Auction artwork and spotlight shows selected from DVAC’s 2017 annual Art Auction artists.

Sponsors: Beth Adelman, Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr., Deck the Walls 

Glen Cebulash: New Work

May 5-June 17, 2017

Collector’s Preview: May 5, 5-6 p.m.

Opening Reception: May 5, 6-8 p.m.

Gallery Talk: May 18, talk begins at 6:15 p.m.  

Large abstractions by Wright State University Art and Art History Professor and Chair exploring the fundamental nature of painting itself.

Presenting Exhibition Sponsor: LMG Lunne Marketing Group, Inc. 

Exhibition Partners: Amelia Hounshell & Brian Albrecht, WSU Foundation

Education & Public Program Sponsors: Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr., Michael Ervin & Nita Nordstrom, and Ray & Eleanor Must

The Contemporary Dayton 25

Kicking off our 25th Birthday Season—an exhibition that exemplifies The Contemporary Dayton’s collaborative spirit

September 2-October 1, 2016

Collector’s Preview: September 2, 5-6 p.m. (for The Contemporary Dayton Collector level members and above)

Opening Reception: September 2, 6-8 p.m. (free and open to the public)

The Contemporary Dayton Reunion & Artist Meet & Greet: September 17, 2-4 p.m.

The Contemporary Dayton 25 presents 25 works of art by 25 artists from The Contemporary Dayton’s first 25 years of programming. The 25 artists-—some of who were well-established from The Contemporary Dayton’s beginning and others who have since gained significant artistic reputations—came together this Summer to create new works in pairs or groups resulting in this groundbreaking exhibition.

The Contemporary Dayton 25 Artists: Michael Bashaw, Virginia Burroughs, Tess Cortes, John Emery, Gerry Fogarty, Connie Hanselman, MB Hopkins, Gretchen Jacobs, Katherine Kadish, Jean Koeller, Paula Kraus, David Leach, Patrick Mauk, Barb McBee, Pat McClelland, Ray Must, Christina Pereyma, Marsha Pippenger, Sherraid Scott, Andy Snow, Sharon Stolzenberger, Doug Taylor, Kim Vito, Terry Welker, and Joel Whitaker.

With generous thanks to The Contemporary Dayton 25 Season Partners: Lou & Steve Mason, Betsy & Lee Whitney, Premier Health, Kathy & John Emery, Pam & George Houk, Linda Lombard, and Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

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