Art Museums, Exhibitions, & Visual Arts Experiences
African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG)
Dayton • 937-263-9907
AAVAG is a culturally diverse organization whose goal is to promote African American artists and art. The organization is open to any person interested in aiding that goal and our mission: to serve the arts, artists, and community by promoting, developing, empowering, and cultivating visual arts and artists.
The Bellbrook Artists Collective
Bellbrook • 937-671-8895
The Collective is a community of artists, photographers and musicians dedicated to keeping the arts alive and affordable in South Dayton communities. They have a gallery of affordable art and have offered classes in painting, alcohol art, photography, frame/canvas building, and music.
The Contemporary Dayton
Dayton • 937-224-3822
The Contemporary Dayton (The Co) is the region’s contemporary art center. Established in 1991 as Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) and operating as a 501(c)3, The Co produces and presents original exhibitions and programs, art events, community partnerships, and artist opportunities. Exhibitions and education programs feature artists living and working today, both nationally and in Ohio, with an emphasis on those whose work focuses on issues of social justice. In addition to its four galleries—open to all and always free—its retail store, the CoSHOP, provides income for Ohio artists and extends The Co’s accessibility to art, from visitor engagement to educational outreach through store products, programs, and experiences.
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.
Dayton Society of Artists
Dayton • 937-228-4532
Dayton Society of Artists is a nonprofit organization that connects, supports, and educates artists and the community. 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 • 937-228-4532
Front Street is a collaborative community, inspiring artists to grow, create, and experiment in Dayton. Visit their industrial-sized complex seven days a week and during the monthly Art Hops featuring live music and food trucks. Explore more than 150 studios, galleries, and shops where you can learn more about the Front Street artists and what they have to offer, including original art and a variety of services - including workshops!
Harmon Museum & Art Gallery
Lebanon • 513-932-1817
Explore the rich history of Southwest Ohio, thanks to the extensive collection of art and artifacts in this award-winning museum. Housed in historic Harmon Hall, Harmon Museum and Art Gallery covers four floors (over 77,000 sq. ft.) and houses four art galleries, prehistoric artifacts, Shaker artifacts and documents, a recreation of an 1800s town square, an extensive textile collection, research library, and more. Harmon Museum's art collection is the 2nd largest between Dayton and Cincinnati. Their four art galleries include contemporary, folk, and American art, and a rotating exhibition gallery.
Hartman Rock Garden
Springfield • firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Herndon Gallery at Antioch College
The Herndon Gallery is both a regional arts destination and an integral curricular asset at Antioch College, with exhibitions and arts programming that are highly-collaborative, interdisciplinary, and fully engaged with important contemporary global issues and ideas. Programming is organized to facilitate dialogue and to foster connections between current world issues and contemporary art, locally, regionally, and globally through innovatively curated exhibitions, our Artists-in-Residence program, and Arts at Antioch curatorial and programming projects.
Miamisburg Art Gallery
Miamisburg • 937-866-3891
The Miamisburg Art Guild was formed in 1966 with the goal of promoting an interest in art and painting within the community. The gallery, located in historic downtown Miamisburg, presents five member shows each year, a juried art show, and a rotating featured artist gallery, and also offers classes for adults and students.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum
Hamilton • 513-868-8336
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is a unique experience in the Dayton Region! With over 300 acres of park grounds, 70 monumental outdoor sculptures, two on-site museums featuring ancient artifacts, hiking trails, and a full schedule of programming, there is something fun for absolutely everyone to enjoy. Experience art in nature at Pyramid Hill!
Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum at Miami University
The Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum pursues an active role in the overall cultural life of the southwest Ohio region, recognizing dual goals of public outreach and university cooperation in keeping with the broad scope of a university that emphasizes liberal education. Visitors can dive deep into 5,000 years of global visual culture and enjoy beautiful artworks along their journey!
Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University
Wright State University
The Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries function as an educational resource for Wright State University and the greater Dayton metropolitan area. The galleries strive to fill educational and cultural opportunities in the region by exhibiting exceptional contemporary art in a variety of media.
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.
Sinclair Community College Art Galleries
Dayton • 937-512-2253
The Sinclair Community College Art Galleries promote the development of professional and student artists and serve as an educational resource for the entire community. The mission of the gallery program is to advocate and encourage the practice and appreciation of the various forms, media, and artistic expressions open to the contemporary artist and viewer.
Springboro Performing Arts Center Gallery
City of Springboro
The City of Springboro offers an Art Gallery in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) lobby, 115 Wright Station Way. Exhibits, which feature artists showcasing a variety of mediums, change monthly.
Springfield Museum of Art
Springfield • 937-325-4673
Springfield is 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.
University of Dayton Art Galleries
The primary mission of University of Dayton's Radial and Index Galleries is to provide space for the University of Dayton community of artists to experiment, develop, and implement new ideas while gaining educational gallery experience in professional standards and practices; curating, organizing and executing exhibitions with open engagement with the public. The University of Dayton Galleries will support exhibitions that develop from advanced and beginning student coursework to Alumni and Faculty projects, as well as supporting a robust program of visiting artists.
Vandalia Art Park
Vandalia • 937-898-5891
The Vandalia Art Park features an eight-acre walkable art trail with two annual art installations and several permanent pieces. The first two phases of the Vandalia Rotary Amphitheater are complete and available for use with events planned for fall of 2019. 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.
Western Ohio Watercolor Society
The Western Ohio Watercolor Society was founded in 1974 for the purpose of furthering interest in, and adding stature to, the use of watercolor as a fine art medium, as well as to encourage public interest in the medium. Watercolor is defined as water-based media, executed on paper. Meetings feature noted watercolorists from all over the country as speakers or demonstrators.
Willis Bing Davis Art Studio and EbonNia Gallery / Shango Arts
The goal of the Art Studio and Gallery is to enhance the general community's appreciation of African American art and cultural contributions to the Dayton Miami Valley region. SHANGO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that offers art education and workshops to at-risk students and aspiring individuals in the Dayton area. The organization was founded by Willis "Bing" Davis, an influential artist and teacher of African American Art community.
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. The center is operated in conjunction with the Xenia Area Community Theater.