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The Contemporary Dayton announces a Request for Qualifications for artists, artist teams, designers, or architects to design an outdoor mural for the Centennial Overlook at Sunrise MetroPark.

This project is funded by the Garden Club of Dayton in partnership with Five Rivers MetroParks and The Co. The mural is part of the larger Centennial Overlook project at Sunrise MetroPark celebrating the river and the plants and animals that thrive there.

The RFQ is the first phase of a three-phased process concluding with the installation of a single public art project. The project selection committee will select up to three artists from the RFQ. Selected artists will receive a stipend of $750 to develop their wall art proposal.

Project Location & Description:

The proposed mural location is comprised of a two-sided staircase from the landing at Centennial Overlook down to the Great Miami River.

Goals of Mural

  • To increase public knowledge and love of the river and all its resources
  • To stimulate an appreciation and value of a healthy river ecosystem
  • To draw public attention and bring life to the area through color and realistic images
  • Draw people down the steps towards the river
  • To reflect life activity above and under the water, including native plants and wildlife as well as activities such as fishing, kayaking, rowing, bird watching, biking, and walking.

The mural should utilize enduring colors and styles that are found in the Centennial Plaza design and Sunrise MetroPark. The mural should incorporate the entire or partial text of Paul Lawrence Dunbar’s poem, On the River, a portion of which is found in the plans for Centennial Plaza and Sunrise MetroPark. The mural should utilize enduring materials that can withstand a dynamic streetscape with substantial pedestrian traffic, exposure to pollution and can be easily cleaned and maintained in the event of graffiti or other defacing. 50% or more coverage of wall location is strongly recommended, the mural does not need to take up the entirety of the wall.

On The River by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, abbreviated. The full text of the poem can be found online.

The sun is low
The waters flow
My boat is dancing to and fro

The paddles splash,
The wavelets dash,
We see the summer lightning flash

Where neither bird
Nor beast has stirred,
The spotted bullfrog’s croak is heard

About Sunrise MetroPark:
This small urban park is situated on a high bank above the Great Miami River. Its walkways are filled with stunning views of the city’s skyline that change with the light of day. Prairie plantings and wildflowers draw in wildlife from the adjacent river habitat and make the park a serene spot for relaxing. Catch a glimpse of the large and graceful blue herons that frequent the area. Watch the Wolf Creek spill into the Great Miami up close from the paved river walkway at the foot of the stairs. An ambitious plan for Sunrise MetroPark has been proposed as part of the Dayton Riverfront Plan. Centennial Park is the first phase of that plan.

DEADLINE MAR 3–5, 2022

The Contemporary Dayton announces a request for Dayton-area artists to donate one original work of art for their Silent Auction Fundraiser.

The Art Auction is The Contemporary Dayton’s (The Co) primary fundraiser—a lively, casual, event of 200+ guests eating, drinking, and mobile bidding on 100+ original works of art donated by area artists which range in fair market value of between $100–$2,500 to support The Co’s core programs including original, commissioned exhibitions by local, national, and international artists; free public programs; resources for area artists including pro bono legal services; and community art initiatives like Art in the City and the Urban Art Intersections – the City of Dayton Mural Program.

Send the following to Cydnie King, Curatorial Assistant at [email protected] Subject Line: RFQ OE Wall Art

The Contemporary Dayton announces a Request for Qualifications for artists, artist teams, designers, or architects to design outdoor wall art for the Oregon Express Pizza Tavern.

Reminder: This should NOT yet be a site proposal.

Please Include the Following:

  • Your current resume/CV (Word document or PDF)
  • A brief description of your qualifications to design and produce this project, including your experience working on comparable projects; and a short narrative about your desired intent for this project.
  • Up to 5 examples of representative work that show your ability and style as it applies to this project (ie, I would create a scene that which visitors could role-play different characters; I would create a colorful graphic design that visitors could position themselves to be at the center of, etc.). Save each as your last name and title or location of work (Example: King, Cydnie_Oregon Express Mural)

Send the following to Cydnie King, Curatorial Assistant at [email protected] Subject Line: RFQ OE Wall Art

This year, artists have the opportunity to submit to participate in The Co’s traditional Holiday Gift Gallery, the 2021 Limited Edition Holiday Ornament, and the new CoSHOP. Artists receive 60% commission on sales.

ALL FINE CRAFT CONSIDERED: fiber, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, printmaking, 2D & 3D mixed media.

Members: Free
Non-Members: $10

You may mail your fee, pay in person at the gallery, or via the link below. Please put “Call for Entry Fine Craft” in the notes section when paying online.

Questions? Email [email protected], call 937/224.3822, or come by the gallery.

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If you are interested in donating, please complete an Auction Donation Form (enclosed) and either mail, email [email protected] or bring with you to Auction Art Drop-off, March 3, 4 and 6, 2021.

Artwork & Donation Form Drop-offs:
Wed, Mar 3, 12–4 p.m.
Thu, Mar 4, 4–7 p.m.
Sat, Mar 6, 10–4 p.m.

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The Contemporary Dayton Members are invited to submit artwork each Summer for the Annual Members’ Show. We alternate each year, presenting either an Open Members’ Show or a Juried Members’ Show.

Open Members’ Show – all Members are invited to submit and exhibit 1 work of art for display.
Juried Members’ Show – all Members are invited to submit 1-3 works, the work is juried by an arts professional, and the result is exhibited.

The Contemporary Dayton and Downtown Dayton Partnership Co are teaming up to enliven downtown streetscapes with ArtWraps: a new project to “wrap” utility boxes with original designs by area artists. Selected designs will be commercially printed and installed by project partner, Digital Fringe.

The goal of the project is to employ the utility boxes as bold, colorful, surprise works of art throughout the area and contribute to the appeal of a friendly, welcoming downtown; and give local artists an opportunity to compete for commission and display their work.

Up to 15 designs will be chosen for this round of ArtWraps. Each selected design will be awarded $500.