Art Museums, Exhibitions & Services to Visual Artists

The Dayton Art Institute (DAI)

daytonartinstitute.org
Dayton • 937-223-5277
For more than 90 years, The Dayton Art Institute has been committed to enriching lives and serving the community by creating meaningful experiences with art, inviting visitors to explore the diverse permanent collection, world-class special exhibitions, family programs, art classes, social events, and more.

 

The Dayton Printmakers Cooperative (DPC)

thedaytonprintmakers.com
Dayton • 937-609-4225
The Dayton Printmakers Cooperative (DPC) is a nonprofit alliance of area printmakers and artists. Since its founding in 1983, the Cooperative has provided a studio environment for artists to enrich their cultural channels and broaden their knowledge of the printmaking media. The Cooperative has continued to grow through the support of its artist members and patrons in partnership with the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC).

 

Dayton Society of Artists

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Dayton • 937-228-4532
Dayton Society of Artists is a nonprofit organization helping local artists to promote their work and improve their craft. A historic home in St. Anne’s Hill, 48 High Street Gallery, serves as both an operating base and a gallery space for DSA.

 

Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC)

daytonvisualarts.org
Dayton • 937-224-3822
The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) is Dayton’s community art center. DVAC presents exhibitions and public programs focusing on local and national artists. It advances the area’s rich arts and cultural profile by providing local artists with a professional gallery to show work, hone skills, and gain access to the larger art world, and also provides the community with a place to see and learn about contemporary art and meet artists. At its core, DVAC provides art for the community and a community for artists.

 

The Fine Art Center at Cross Pointe

thefineartcenter.org
Centerville • 937-293-5381
Since 1994, the nonprofit Fine Art Center has provided the Miami Valley with fine, original art, offering exhibits, classes, workshops, and a scholarship program. The mission of the organization is to promote an environment where artists achieve satisfaction in the development and marketing of their work, to produce an appreciation for fine art in the greater community, and to provide a venue where artwork can be purchased and collected.

 

Gallery Saint John

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Dayton • 937-320-5405
Gallery Saint John is a nonprofit gallery that exhibits art works done by members of the Society of Mary and their acquaintances in the Dayton community, as well as nature preserve displays and works from the collection of the Marian Library of the University of Dayton. Nine shows are held each year in addition to workshops in design, ceramics, drawing, painting, and photography techniques.

 

Hartman Rock Garden

hartmanrockgarden.org
Springfield • [email protected]
What began as a modest concrete fish pond in H.G. (Ben) Hartman’s back yard is now revered as a folk art masterpiece. The Hartman Rock Garden includes over 250,000 individual stones that combine a mixture of history, religion, and depression-era pop culture. The sheer scale of the work and its contextual location in a residential neighborhood contribute greatly to its status as an iconic “outsider” art site. Fully restored by the Kohler Foundation in 2009, the Garden is open daily from dawn to dusk with no admission charge.

 

Missing Peace Art Space

missingpeaceart.org
Dayton • 937-241-4353
What is the art of peace? It is creative communication using artistic mediums to express the human desire for peace. Each piece is as different as the artist that created it and in many instances overcomes the barriers of language. Humans have used art for communicating their struggle to attain a state of peace since prehistoric times. It can leave you inspired, terrified, or somewhere in between. Special exhibitions on the themes of peace will be offered throughout the year.

 

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum

pyramidhill.org
Hamilton • 513-868-8336
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum combines the lure of nature with the dynamic presence of monumental art. Explore over 300 acres of woodlands, gardens, and lakes, and marvel at over 56 pieces of outdoor art. Then go back in time at the indoor Ancient Sculpture Museum, which houses Greek, Roman, Etruscan, and Egyptian pieces. Spend a day with art and nature.

 

Sculptural Village of Versailles

Versailles • 800-504-2995
Twelve life-sized bronze sculptures are scattered throughout the community of Versailles. Most of the art is illuminated for viewing at night, and all but one piece is publicly accessible. A brochure describing each with a map to its location is available at The Inn at Versailles.

 

Shango Arts

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Dayton • 937-223-2290
Shango Arts is a nonprofit organization founded by artist Willis “Bing” Davis to provide art and cultural experiences to enhance the understanding and appreciation of African-American art and culture, and to reinforce the interrelationship of the visual arts to other artistic and cultural expressions, while enhancing the position of African-American artists in the community and the world at large.

 

Springfield Museum of Art

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Springfield • 937-325-4673
Springfield is now home to the only Smithsonian Affiliate art museum in the State of Ohio. The distinction celebrates the Springfield Museum of Art’s adherence to best practices and its exemplary permanent collection, which features artists such as Berenice Abbott, George Bellows, and A.T. Bricher. The Museum’s dynamic schedule of changing exhibitions, including self-taught and contemporary artists, ensures there’s always something new to see.

 

Vandalia Art Park

vandaliaohio.org
Vandalia • 937-898-5891
The Vandalia Art Park features an eight-acre walkable art trail with two an- nual art installations along with several permanent pieces. Various activities and art initiatives take place in the park throughout the year, including the 2016 Community Project “Vandalia Heavy Metal Remix”—a 10-day outdoor metal sculpture exhibition in September. The park is joined by the new Vandalia Rotary footbridge to the Vandalia-Butler Historical Society grounds, which makes this a destination offering art, nature, and history.

 

X*ACT Arts Center

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Xenia • 937-372-0516
Opened in May 2013, the X*ACT Arts Center is a creation, display, and sale space for local visual artists. Operated in conjunction with the Xenia Area Community Theater.