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Call For Entry: Holiday CoSHOP Submission


Call-for-Entry-Holiday-CoSHOP-Submission 8.30.23

General Product Submission is ongoing and the Holiday CoSHOP Call has deadline of September 30, 2023.

Questions? Email [email protected], call 937.224.3822, or come by the gallery.

FAST-TRACK Request for Proposals (RFP): Delco Lofts (2 Locations)

The Contemporary Dayton announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) for artists, artist teams, designers, or architects to design or submit artwork for 2 Locations at Delco Lofts, a Crawford Hoying Development located in downtown Dayton, OH.

Artists may submit designs and qualifications to produce (paint, mosaic, construct, etc.) their design or submit designs only.

Design Award: Selected artists will receive a stipend of $25,000 for design and production, OR $7,500 for design only.

The proposed wall art locations are located on 2 walls of Delco Lofts, 329 East 1st Street, Downtown Dayton, Ohio.


  1. Delco Lofts 7 Panel Wall

This is an approximately 145-foot-long exterior wall on the East side of Delco Lofts which is directly across from the West side of the Day Air Ballpark Building. The wall is “scored” into 7 panels (not including a smaller first and last panel) approximately 9 x 17’ each.  The way the two buildings are spaced apart forms a 160ft+ red brick paved pedestrian walkway for visitors to reach both the Ballpark and the Don Crawford Plaza. The map location of this walkway is 39.76386707161226, -84.18608379892935. This request is for a lively, colorful design to flow along the 7 “panels” that make up the Delco Lofts wall, adding interest and engagement to the experience.

  1. Delco Lofts, Plaza Side

The North end of the walkway opens to Don Crawford Plaza. As visitors turn left to continue around Delco Lofts, they pass Lock27 Brewing and continue to see the second wall art location. Delco Lofts, Plaza Side. This location is also made up of textured concrete panels and the intent is for the design to continue here across 3 panels which are 9 x 17’ each.

The intent is for the design, by color, shape and/or imagery, to seemingly flow, travel, dance, or fly along the wall, forming a sort of filmstrip, cartoon panels, or imagined stop-motion progression. The preferred design should be large and colorful, but the preference is that it should not cover the panels top to bottom, side-to-side, but serve more as a linear or narrative integration, progressing as visitors walk by.

The artist also has the option of proposing that the design is created on panels and then adhered to the wall, or for the design to be created directly on the wall. Artists must remember, however, that the wall is highly textured concrete, therefore, successful designs should include large areas of flat color, as highly detailed work may not be possible. Co staff and mural specialists will be available to advise on type and application of paint.

Note: Artists may submit designs for Location 1 and/or 2; but submitting a design for both that relates to or completes the other is highly encouraged.

Artists/teams living within a 100-mile radius of Dayton, OH are eligible for this project. Applying artists must be at least 18 years old. Artists may submit designs and qualifications to produce (paint, mosaic, construct, etc.) their design or submit designs only. If Artists submit designs only, The Contemporary Dayton will contract an artist or artist team to produce the design.

Sep 24, 2023 (midnight)            SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Week of October 9                     Acceptance Notification/Finalists Announced

October-November                   Proposal Production

December TBD                            Installation Date

The Co CH Delco Lofts Call for Entry

Questions? Email [email protected], call 937.224.3822, or come by the gallery.

Previous Calls for Entry

The Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP) is teaming up with The Contemporary Dayton and City of Dayton to enliven downtown streetscapes with ArtWraps 2.0 designed by local artists of all ages and levels on targeted utility boxes. Selected designs will be printed on vinyl and wrapped around the boxes by a third-party design fabricator. The intent of the project is to beautify the utility boxes and give area artists an opportunity to enliven the public realm. Up to 15 artists will be chosen for this second round of ArtWraps. Each selected artist will be awarded $500 for their design.


The Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP), in partnership with The Contemporary Dayton (The Co) is seeking artists and friends to participate in a collaborative art project honoring Sandy Gudorf on the occasion of her retirement as Executive Director of the DDP, effective July 1, 2023.

The Community Art Project will be a 2D work of art that will include submitted messages and artwork by interested artists merged into a design by lead artist Amy Deal and presented to Gudorf at a community-wide celebration, tentatively scheduled for late July. Additionally, the DDP and The Co will produce posters of the final artwork with a list of participating artists that will be distributed to participating artists as a modest thank you.


Sandy Gudorf has been at the DDP for nearly 30 years, serving as president for the past 16. Over the years she has been responsible for dozens of different downtown events spotlighting local art and artists; and is responsible for championing and paying artists for their work during such events as Urban Nights, Art in the City, Urban Art Intersections, particularly over the past 7 years.



We are encouraging designs:

  • To be a 1-2 sentence message of appreciation to Sandy and her work
  • And/or to include a lyric or portion of a lyric by a popular song by one of Dayton’s historic Funk Bands
  • To include artist’s signature (should be relatively small compared to entire design) •
  • Designs may be representational or abstract
  • Designs should be positive, original, and colorful and may (but are not required to) reflect the following: the downtown environment, the character and culture of the city, our rich and diverse history, community pride.
  • Selected artists must be willing to adjust designs, if needed.
  • No logos or advertisements of any kind will be accepted



  • All ages and levels are welcome to apply.
  • Children under 18 must have a guardian sign their application.
  • There is no award fee for participation in this design.



Submitted design formats: **PREFERRED**

  • pdf, eps, or svg
  • jpeg, tiff, or png
  • Hand-rendered on 8.5×11 paper or other material
  • Artists must provide their name, age (if under 18), address, email and phone number on their submission
  • Artists must submit designs via Email Cydnie King, Curatorial Assistant [email protected]; Mail or in-person The Contemproary Dayton 25 W 4 th St. Dayton, OH 45402 Hours: Wed-Sun 11am-4 p.m.



  • Week of June 12 Artist Acceptance Notifications
  • June-July Production of Designs & Presentation of Project

*dates subject to change


Questions? Email [email protected], call 937.224.3822, or come by the gallery.



Download the RFP


The 29th Annual Art Auction is The Contemporary Dayton’s (The Co) primary fundraiser—a modest-ticketed, lively, casual event of 600-700 guests eating, drinking, and bidding on 75+ original works of art donated by area artists ranging purchase in price from $100 and up, taking place in the Dayton Arcade Rotunda and The Co’s galleries on April 28, 2023.



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 Co is committed to presenting a wide 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. The Co reserves the right to jury artwork according to these merits.



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. We recommend Custom Frame Serves (near downtown Dayton) for advice and fair pricing to donating artists. Additionally, The Co asks artists to take care in the completion of the artwork information form—the title, media, and brief description of the work (which The Co uses in marketing materials, on the Auction website, and in-person descriptions)—which all play an important role in connecting to the audience and to buyers.



Fair Market Value (or FMV) is the price an artwork is expected to sell in the market to which it is presented. The Auction FMV will be assessed and agreed upon by the artist and The Co staff. Opening bids are set between 60-80% of the FMV to start the bidding and invite excitement; but the goal is for works to sell above the FMV. The amount a work sells above the FMV can help advance the valuation of future work, but if a work sells below FMV, or not at all, it is not a negative reflection of the work.



• TWO admission tickets to the Annual Art Auction (non-transferable)

• a professionally photographed, high-resolution digital image of donated artwork

• Inclusion in print and digital marketing and promotional materials



• Please complete the attached Auction Donation Form and submit prior to or at Artwork Drop-off.

• Via mail or in person: The Contemporary Dayton, 25 W. 4th Street Dayton, OH 45402

• Via Email: Complete and scan this document or complete the fillable PDF and Email to Cydnie King, Curatorial Assistant, [email protected]


The Contemporary Dayton, in collaboration with University of Dayton, is seeking an artist or artist team to create a 2D or 3D artwork for the entrance wall into The Hub. The work should be an abstract design referencing the architecture of the space and include ties to the historical significance, the present-day happenings, and the vision for the future of The Hub.

Goals of the Work

• Draw public attention and stimulate an appreciation of the happenings in The Hub

• To introduce the story and collaborations of The Hub and Dayton Arcade

• To have a simple and/or abstract representation of The Hub


• Artists must be at least 18 years old.

• All media proposals considered.

• UD Faculty, Students and Alumni are encouraged to apply.

• Artists from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged

• Preference to artists in the Greater Dayton region


Evaluation & Selection Process

Phase I: RFQ Semi-finalists will be selected with the following criteria:

• Experience of Artist in completing comparable projects on time and on budget.

• Quality and scale of past work.

• Thoughtful, understandable, and creative vision of Concept Document.

Phase II: Semi-Finalist Selection Up to 3 semi-finalist Artists will be selected to submit a final design. Semi-finalists will also be invited to a site visit and tour to ask questions to inform the artwork proposal.

RFQ DEADLINE January 27, 2023 *SEMI-FINALIST NOTIFICATION February 17, 2023 (up to 3 semi-finalists will receive a $500 fee to produce final design)

WINNING DESIGN AWARD $7,000 including all materials


CONTACT Cydnie King, Curatorial Assistant [email protected] 937/224.3822

*Dates subject to change

FAST-TRACK CALL FOR ART Hub Entrance Artwork University of Dayton The Contemporary Dayton 25 W. 4th Street Dayton, OH 45402 937/224.3822

Semi-finalist Proposals must include the following: 1. Renderings of the final design with color and materials swatches 2. A written description of the artwork proposal 3. Site-specific rendering of proposed artwork, including dimensions All parties must agree to the following: 1. The Artist shall retain intellectual property rights 2. UD/The Hub shall have the unconditional right to retain the proposal materials as part of the proposal commission.

Full credit will be given to Artist if proposal is disseminated by print or digital means. 3. If utilizing the proposal for future RFQ and RFP background materials, the Artist shall give credit to the Project. 4. Proposed artwork must be original and unique to the Project. How to Apply This Call for Art is a 2-step process 1. Applicants submit to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) 2. Up to 3 Semi-Finalists are selected to receive a stipend to move on to submit a final design.

To submit: please send via email to Cydnie King, Curatorial Assistant [email protected].

REMINDER: THIS SHOULD NOT YET BE A FINAL PROPOSAL. 1. A Letter of Interest with the following a. Name, Address, Phone, Email Address, and Website and/or social pages (optional) b. Your interest in the project and your experience working on comparable projects c. A 1-2 page Concept Document (aka a mood or inspiration board rendered by hand or digitally and scanned as a jpg). The Concept Doc should be a visual collage of images, texts, fonts, colors, and textures imagined for the artwork and should reflect the overall intended design. 2. 1-4 images of Artist’s work which best relates to the project. Images should be attached to email as JPG, TIFF, or PSD files and saved with your last name and the image title (i.e. Smith_Title of Work.jpg). File size should be 1600 pixels on the longest edge and a resolution of 300 ppi. 3. Checklist of the images including title, year, media, and dimensions. 4. Résumé / CV About The Hub:

The Hub within the Arcade is a place that brings together a diverse community to encourage creativity, growth, entrepreneurship and education through events and daily happenings in an inspiring environment. The University of Dayton has provided the opportunity to learn and grow through experimental and innovative approaches within the space. In the practical day to day we have UD’s Art & Design along with the Artist in Residence bringing people in the community together through Dinner in the Dessert Kitchen events. The Entrepreneur Center providing resources for new ventures and coordinating networking events upstairs. IACT along with students and educators meeting in the GEM looking at the future skills for workforce development in the basement. This is just a glimpse of how the Hub at the Arcade is telling a new story in the City of Dayton. The Hub’s Mission & Vision: The Hub is a transformative environment that brings together a diverse community to foster creativity, growth, and entrepreneurship. The Hub’s Vision is to have a sustainable impact and inspire others to do the same.

Proposed Space Specs & Dimensions:

• Hub Entrance (across from Receptionist Desk)

• Approximate size: 12ft x 8 ft


Spirit of the Flyer Poem by Sierra Leone

Walk with me through a city within a city, walls holding a cornucopia of heritage, passageways, and corridors filled with antiqued joy and treasured wisdom. Borders of impossibility evolved into communal anchored commitment. People side by side occupying past, present and future. Feel a living history preserved, now restored to Learn, Lead, Serve. Decades of redemption beneath the Arcade’s Renaissance Revival facade. Urban decor defining a new landmark of endurance, flyer spirit, and diversified vision. The eyes of innovation are open! Right when we need to remember, Fourth and Main Street’s century old giant proclaimed it place and footprints of prudence are “leading the way.” Defibrillated Gem City’s heartbeat resilient leadership and human dignity move us forward. The sacred vow of entrepreneurial grit to dream beyond conditions, standing sturdy on The Hub’s time worn floors. Rotunda windowpanes permeating inspiring, aligning “each light with every other light entwined” to embrace unfamiliar faces to foster more economic growth and encourage Dayton’s revitalization. A city of dreamers sharing work and living spaces You are inherited responsibility crystalized. The pioneer The initiator The trailblazer

8/4 Memorial | Deadline December 5, 2022

The 8/4 Memorial Committee is seeking artists, artist teams, designers, or architects to design a public artwork to serve as a memorial for the victims of the tragic events that took place in The Oregon District neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio, on August 4, 2019. The submission deadline is December 5, 2022. Up to 5 artists will be selected and paid a stipend of $1,500 each to present a final design. The winning artist or artist team will receive an award of $200,000 to create the public art memorial.

The RFQ and project expectations were carefully established following several public input surveys and meetings. The goal of the public artwork will be to memorialize the lives lost in the 8/4 event as well as everyone affected; include community engagement to inspire hope, unity, and healing; and provide a meditative space for reflection and remembrance.

All public input and background for artists are available to reference on

To apply, please email the following to: Cydnie King, Curatorial Assistant [email protected]


I. Letter of Interest

  1. Artist Name, Address, Phone, Email Address, and Website and/or social pages for Artist and/or all Artist Team Members.
  2. Your interest in the Project and your experience working on comparable projects, including your experience with architectural and engineering project teams. Include your philosophy on public art, its integration into surrounding environment and how your work and experience will complement this project.
  3. Any experience that they you may have working with social change through your artwork and what your approach is to working with people in a community.
  4. Please describe your eligibility with the multiple criteria for this project from Eligibility section of this RFQ.
  5. References, to include at least three (3) art and/or design professionals who have detailed knowledge of the artist’s work and working methods, including fulfilling deadlines, working with the community, etc. Include the contact name, organization, address, telephone number, and email for each reference.

II. Résumé / CV Submit a brief, current résumé or CV that includes all contact information, website, previous public art commissions, design team experience, exhibitions, awards, grants and education, if applicable. If submitting as a team of artists, please compile all résumés into a single document.

III. Images of Your Work Please submit images and information for up to 5 past commissioned projects. To do that, please include the main image, title of the artwork, the medium, the dimensions, and date created or installed. These images will serve as an overview of your work relevant to this RFQ. Please submit JPEG images with a minimum of 620px wide, and a maximum file size of 5mb. Horizontal images are preferred. Slides, prints or any physical submissions of artwork will not be accepted.

Download the PDF for full information and eligibility requirements.

Information Sessions:

Thursday, October 20, 5-7 p.m.

Dayton Metro Library Main Branch, Conference Room 1B

215 E. 3rd Street Dayton, OH 45402

Saturday, November 5, 2-4 p.m.

Wesley Community Center, 3730 Delphos Ave. Dayton, OH 45417

Saturday, November 12, 3-5 p.m.

Dayton Metro Library Main Branch, Conference Room 3A

Virtual Artist Team Meet-ups (via ZOOM) LINK COMING SOON

Wednesday, November 2, 6 p.m.

Sunday, November 6, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, November 16, 6 p.m.

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.

All Media

If you are interested in donating, please complete an Auction Donation Form (enclosed) and either mail, email 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.

All Media

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.

The University of Dayton (UD), supported by The Contemporary Dayton (The Co), is seeking submissions for qualifications from artists to create new large-scale 2D or 3D wall work OR submit existing work for UD’s new performing and visual arts center, The Roger Glass Center for the Arts (See attached 2D & 3D Wall Work Inspiration Deck for anticipated scope of works). There are 4 locations identified for commissioned work. See attached Project Specs for more information.