CSA: Community Supported Art

For DVAC's 2017 CSA, fifty shares are made available to the public for $350 per share. Four amazing artists are commissioned to create an image (at least 8 x 10 inches in size and not larger than 11 x 17) for shareholders in an edition of 50. Shareholders receive two original, signed photographs and two original, signed prints, totaling four images, at a late summer Harvest Party.

2017 Collection

DVAC CSA Round 2 shares are still available!

Including work by photographers Amy Powell and Francis Schanberger; and printmakers Danielle Rante and Andrea Starkey.

Amy Powell

Amy Powell is an award-winning photographer based in Dayton whose works have been featured in Time Magazine. Her documentary work employs the mechanics of the camera to create intimacy, and even distance, with her family. Of her work, she says organizing the frame and composing a subjective personal narrative has empowered her when she has felt powerless.



Amy received a BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design and an MFA/MA from Ohio State.

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Read more about Amy’s work here

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Danielle Rante

Danielle works in drawing, painting, printing, paper cutting, installations and tableaus of small organic objects. Sourcing material directly from the environments she visits, she incorporates site-specific field research into geographical happenings, direct interaction with the landscape and its inhabitants, and meditative mark-making. Akin to a botanist collecting live plant specimens in the wild, or an astronomist mapping locations beyond the earth’s atmosphere, she presents us with images of the meeting place between the physical environment we encounter and the narratives of a place.



Danielle lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at Wright State University. She received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa in 2006. Her work is held in public and private collections worldwide.

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Francis Schanberger

One of nine children, Francis has been photographing since fourth grade when he presented a homemade, long focal length pinhole camera as his science project. An early part of his photographic career was spent working as a laboratory assistant at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine where, after hours, he would make cyanotype photograms in the laboratory using equipment and supplies that were close at hand. Since receiving his MFA from the Ohio State University in 2002, his work has been characterized by an interest in historical photographic processes and staged self-portraiture. He was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 2002, 2009 and in 2013 as well as a Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District Fellowship in 2008. In 2011, he was commissioned by the Ohio Arts Council to create seven awards using the Van Dyke Brown process for the annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts. He has exhibited at Soho Photo in New York, the Houston Center for Photography, the Free University of Brussels, as well as the Museet for Fotokunst in Odensee, Denmark.



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Andrea Starkey

Andrea Starkey is a Dayton-based printmaker who is known for her detailed prints of trees using the ancient of moku hanga. She finds inspiration for her artwork from both nature and the natural materials used in its creation. In addition, she is an award winning portrait artist and has won numerous awards since beginning to show her work in 2009, including The Pastel Journal’s annual Pastel 100 competition.


When she is creating artwork, Andrea works professionally as an architectural renderer and graphic designer.

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Shares on sale February 14 to DVAC Members; February 20 to the general public. Each share guarantees 4 works of art by 4 talented and collectible artists. Shares will be offered until edition sells out. Shareholder Harvest Pick-up Party, August 8, 2017, Dayton Beer Company.

Cost per share unframed: $350
Cost per share framed: $650

Just what is a DVAC CSA?
In 2016 DVAC launched a new initiative inviting art lovers to be personally involved in nourishing the creation of art by some of our region’s most collectible artists.

Designed with starter collectors in mind, the works are presented as a way for audiences to connect to and own high quality contemporary art at affordable prices by accomplished artists they may otherwise not have an opportunity to collect.

In addition, the CSA can be seen as a way for more experienced collectors to gain access to the most exciting artists making work right now–and even as a way to gather a selection of contemporary works to gift.

A spin on “Community Supported Agriculture,” through DVAC’s CSA a total of 50 shares are made available each February. Shares serve as seed funding for artists to create new work and, just like investing in a crop of homegrown veggies, shareholders receive their crop of original, signed works of art at our Harvest Pick-up Party, held late Summer at the Dayton Beer Company.

For each share, shareholders receive a select number of signed, original, limited edition* works of art by a number of different talented and collectible artists. Artist information, representative images, and images of works in progress are posted on DVAC’s website.

DVAC’s CSA is designed to strengthen the art community by supporting the careers of emerging artists and cultivating collectors and is made possible from a seed grant from U.S. Bank Foundation.

*Edition size will be limited to 50. If we have leftover shares, we will sell those individually on our site the following year. The images are unique to the DVAC CSA and will not be reprinted. 

2016 Collection

Two of our favorites from the inaugural year of DVAC’s CSA are available to purchase individually. These images are unique to the DVAC CSA and are not otherwise available.

Bird Study, 2 Birds, 2016

Paula Willmot Kraus
Original photograph digitally printed on rice paper with encaustic
7 x 12 inches
editions of 50
available unframed or framed
$125 unframed / $200 framed
About the Work

Paula Willmot Kraus teaches photography at Wright State University and Stivers School for the Arts. She holds an MA in Photography from Antioch University and a BS from Pennsylvania State University.Her work has been exhibited throughout the region and her largest project is a 96-foot-long by 4-foot-tall black and white photograph that will be permanently displayed in the renovated Dayton Metro Library in 2017.


Bird Study was inspired by a winter walk through a landscape transformed by a heavy blanket of snow where the “snowy silence was interrupted by a flock of birds feeding on the frozen berries of a tree.” The silhouetted forms captured against a white background invoke the delicacy of oriental calligraphy.

“I approached these images much as a painter might,” notes Kraus, “but with the subtraction of brush strokes rather than the addition of ones … Printing on rice paper and coating it with encaustic completed the reference to Eastern imagery.”

Invisible Cities #0049, 2016

Joel Whitaker
archival pigment print
11 x 17 inches
editions of 50
available unframed or framed
$125 unframed / $200 framed
About the Work

Joel Whitaker is a Professor at University of Dayton. He holds a BFA from the University of Montevallo, Alabama and an MFA from Florida State University, Tallahassee. In 2008 he was one of eight Ohio photographers selected to participate in a NEH funded re-photographic survey of FSA photographs of Ohio. His work has been highlighted in the Elements of Photography and Photography Now/One Hundred Portfolios – An International Survey of Contemporary Photography. His work is in several public collections, has been exhibited extensively in the US, and received several state, regional, and university grants.  

Of his Invisible Cities Series: I am particularly interested in the ephemeral nature of structure, location, and process; physically, psychologically, photographically, and virtually. For Invisible Cities, I used Google Earth downloads to attempt to reinvent the idea, representation, and physical form of cities and the photographs that define and describe them. The resulting photographs are as much informed by my experiences in such places as by my relationship to the physical and intellectual underpinnings of the photographic medium that serve as a record of these experiences and interactions. I consider the city and the photographic medium transitional; organic things that are constantly in flux, both physically and intellectually.