Art Museums, Exhibitions, & Services to Visual Artists

African American Visual Artists Guild
Dayton • 937-263-9907

“Expanding Creative Visions.” Established in Dayton in May 1993, incorporated in Ohio as a nonprofit in 1995, approved by the IRS as a 501(C)(3) organization in 1997. This organization is open to anyone interested in the mission and objectives of AAVAG: To serve the arts, artists, and community by promoting, developing, empowering, and cultivating visual arts and artists. An office space in Central State University Dayton, 840 Germantown Street, serves as both an operating base and gallery space for AAVAG.

The Contemporary Dayton
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 by providing 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.

Dayton Art Institute (DAI)
Dayton • 937-223-4ART (4278)

For nearly 100 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)

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
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.

Gallery Saint John
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 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
Springfield •

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. 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
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
Hamilton • 513-868-8336

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum combines the lure of nature with the dynamic presence of monumental art. Explore more than 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
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
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
Vandalia • 937-898-5891

The Vandalia Art Park features an eight-acre walkable art trail with annual art installations and several permanent pieces. Visiting the park is free, and various activities and art initiatives take place throughout the year. The park is joined by the Vandalia Rotary footbridge to the Vandalia-Butler Historical Society grounds, which makes this a destination offering art, nature, and history.

X*ACT Arts Center
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.