Call for Entries

IMG_2327DVAC is dedicated to:

  • Presenting visual arts of the highest caliber
  • Showing a wide range of styles and media
  • Representing diverse viewpoints and cultural backgrounds
  • Encouraging interaction between artists and the general public


The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) considers proposals from both artists and curators that expand the public’s understanding of the visual arts and represent the diversity and breadth of fine art and fine craft being made today. DVAC’s gallery space is 210 running feet and 1,810 square feet on street level in downtown Dayton’s Bindery Building at 118 N. Jefferson Street, between First and Second streets.

DVAC is committed to providing the art community and the general public with access to artists and information about art. We present exhibitions, gallery talks, workshops, art-themed events and community collaborations featuring artists. We actively promote marketing and sales opportunities for artists and adhere to the industry standard of 60% commission split to artists.

Annual Art Auction | Drop-off February 2 & 4, 2017


All Media

All area artists are invited to donate artwork for this exciting event—one of the largest and most respected auctions of contemporary art in the region. Artists do not have to be members to have artwork featured in the auction. We are committed to presenting a range of media and styles for a variety of prices from both emerging and established artists. We know it is a difficult decision to donate your work to a fundraiser and we greatly appreciate that you would choose DVAC. Like you, area collectors and the arts community hold DVAC to a high standard. Therefore, we seek work of the highest quality, originality, structural integrity, frame/display quality and condition, and appropriate market value. For these reasons, DVAC reserves the right to jury the donations according to these merits.

DVAC’s Annual Art Auction is always the last Friday in April; and Drop-off is early February. Receive monthly updates on all Calls for Artists and DVAC News straight to your inbox by signing up here. 

Artists: Download and fill out the Intent to Donate form here.




Annual Student Show | Next Deadline for Faculty Recommendations Nov 1, 2017


Art and Design Students

DVAC’s annual student show for area college and university art and design students who are nominated by their professors. Students receive a professional exhibition, DVAC Membership, an opportunity to apply as exhibition Curator, Preparator or  Marketing & Publications Manager, and participate in DVAC’s annual professional development bootcamp for artists: Getting in the Game (1-day annual workshop, June or July).

Students must be nominated by their professor; Deadline: November 1. Call Patrick Mauk, Gallery Manager at 937/224.3822 for more information.

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Art in the City | Deadline July 1


Artinthecitylogo-01 (1)Art in the City: Now accepting submissions!

Art in the City–a radically open, citywide local art competition during the first 2 weeks in August in 25 bars, restaurants, hair salons, lobbies, tire auto services and other businesses in 3 square miles of downtown Dayton. Limited to artists ages 16 & up or groups of artists who reside within a 50 mile radius of downtown Dayton, OH; 2D, 3D & time-based media eligible; $500 Public Vote Cash Prize.

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Art in the City Guidelines

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Biennial Call for Major Exhibitions | Next Deadline Sept 2018

ALL MEDIA – Solo and Group DVAC Shows

Submissions for the 2017-2019 Exhibition Seasons are Closed.

Erika B. Hess, founder, Portfolio Prep Boston and Wright State University alumna
William Potter, Associate Professor of Foundation Studies, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and 2014 DVAC Biennial Call Artist
Emily Sullivan Smith, Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Foundations, Department of Art & Design, University of Dayton
CSA (Community Supported Art) | Next Deadline January 2018

Community Supported Art  |  Next Deadline Jan 2018

NEW! A selection of artists will be selected to receive a commission of $1,500 to create original artwork in an edition. Artists will be selected through representative images from the application. DVAC CSA Committee will work with individual artists to approve final artwork for edition. Artists must commit to creating edition between notification and late Summer deadline. Commission payment 50% at agreement signing; balance at delivery.

Why CSA?
CSA-Community Supported Art is a self-sustaining economic model based on the concept of Community Supported Agriculture. The program’s products are created by artists and income is sustained by the CSA members (and possible partner organizations). CSAs are built upon connections between and the community.

Deadline Extended: January 13, 2017

Submission Guidelines CLICK HERE

DVAC CSA is made possible from a seed grant from U.S. Bank Foundation.

Annual Open Members’ Show | Next Deadline: June 2018

All Media

DVAC Members are invited to submit artwork each Summer for the Annual Members’ Show. We alternate each year, presenting either an Open Members’ Show or a Juried Members’ Show.

Open Members’ Show – all Members are invited to submit and exhibit 1 work of art for display.
Juried Members’ Show – all Members are invited to submit 1-3 works, the work is juried by an arts professional, and the result is exhibited.

On view July-August; drop-off in late June. Receive monthly updates on all Calls for Artists and DVAC News straight to your inbox by signing up here.


Holiday Gift Gallery | Deadline July 1, 2017



Established in 1991, the Dayton Visual Art Center’s (DVAC) Holiday Gift Gallery is the premier fine art and fine craft professional gallery show and sale in the region and attracts thousands of visitors from throughout Southwest Ohio.


2017 Jurors: TBA

2016 Jurors:
Tom Heaphey and Vicki Rulli, owners/artists at Itinerant Studio, Springfield, OH
Loretta Puncer, artist and gallery owner, Gallery 510 Fine Art, Dayton, OH
Shari Rethman, Dean, Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences, Sinclair Community College

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Open Juried Show: Breathing Deeply, Pushing Back-An Exhibition Exploring the Artist as Activist | Drop-off Aug 10 & 12, 2017

Open Juried Show: Breathing Deeply, Pushing Back

An Exhibition Exploring the Artist as Activist

Drop-off Aug 10 & 12, 2017

Artists of all levels are invited to submit artwork in any media and size to be considered for the exhibition Breathing Deeply, Pushing Back. The exhibit will be guest curated and juried by Michael Casselli, assistant professor of sculpture and installation at Antioch College.
Click here for application: or come by the gallery.
Members Free; Non-Members $10
Read guest curator Michael Casselli’s formation essay here.