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The Preacher, the Poet, the Vision

March 11, 2018

Organized by Willis Bing Davis, The Preacher, the Poet, the Vision is the 2018 Visual Voices exhibition featuring artworks addressing a socially relevant theme. This year’s exhibition was organized in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr, and the writing of Daytonian Paul Laurence Dunbar. From Davis’ statement: “The artists were challenged to create works of art inspired by the writings of Paul Laurence Dunbar that speaks to some of the same concerns that Dr. King lived and died for – concerns like freedom, justice, inequality, poverty and peace.”


James Pate, ARTIST AND CLERGY (detail), inspired by Dunbar’s Sympathy, 1895/6

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The Canyon at CAC

February 24, 2018

Swoon: The Canyon: 1999 – 2017 is the first major museum survey of artist Caledonia Curry, aka Swoon, taking place through February 25, 2018 at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.  Curated by Steven Matijcio, the exhibition features prints, paper cut-outs, immersive installations, videos, maquettes, sound art, prototypes, photo documentation, and much  more.


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Drawing from Perception

February 12, 2018

Started over twenty years ago, the juried exhibition Drawing from Perception is now in it’s eighth iteration at the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University.  Over sixty artists are featured, with a focus on the tradition of observational renderings. Diverse in age and experience, the exhibition includes  practicing artists from across the US including Ohio, Maryland, Indiana, Delaware, Iowa and Massachusetts.


Melanie Johnson, Self Portrait at Thirty Eight (detail), graphite on paper

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Jane Reese Invitational at DSA

January 27, 2018

Fifteen women photographers were selected to participated in the inaugural Jane Reese Invitational at the Dayton Society of Artists (DSA).  All artists live and work in the Dayton region, and explore various photographic processes and subject matter.


Julie Renee Jones, Laying Out, 2012, Archival Pigment Print

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Dayton’s 2017 Top Ten Visual Arts

December 15, 2017

It was a vibrant year for the visual arts in Dayton. Choosing only ten exhibitions and events is not an easy feat, and regrettably there were many that didn’t make this list. The ten here inspired me, and in my opinion were remarkable for the many reasons listed below! Enjoy!

Robert Blackstone
Crystal City
Courthouse Square, Downtown Dayton
Ongoing, opened in September 2017

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Tyler Peffley, Diction

June 11, 2017

Diction is a series of  new works by Tyler Peffley, on view at the Blue House Gallery.  Featuring over 70 drawings, Diction explores moments of technology, place and popular culture. Often representing  the figure in decades past, Peffley utilizes the intimate and immediate media of watercolors and graphite to capture each scene. These works are elegantly installed on a singular line throughout the gallery, creating a fresh opportunity of comparison and narrative for each visitor.

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The Secrets We Keep

February 20, 2017

On view at the Dayton Visual Arts Center, The Secrets We Keep: New Works by Zoe Hawk, Ashley Jonas & Stephanie McGuinness includes paintings, prints and installations with strong references to the home life, but teeming with tension within each subject, perspective and technique.


Zoe Hawk, “Little Lamb, I’ll Tell Thee,” 2013, oil on aluminum

The worlds created by artists Zoe Hawk (Doha, Qatar), Ashley Jonas and Stephanie McGuinness (Dayton, Ohio) are intimate and comforting. Domestic objects and inhabited homes are represented both through observation and imagination; however, the subject within each space expands far beyond what we understand as familiar.
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