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The Contemporary Dayton 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 Contemporary Dayton 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. The Contemporary Dayton’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.

The Contemporary Dayton 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 | Donation Drop-off: January 31 & February 2, 2019


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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 The Contemporary Dayton. Like you, area collectors and the arts community hold The Contemporary Dayton 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, The Contemporary Dayton reserves the right to jury the donations according to these merits.

The Contemporary Dayton’s Annual Art Auction is always the last Friday in April; and Drop-off is early February.

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Art in the City | Deadline: July 1, 2019


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Artinthecitylogo-01 (1)Art in the City

A radically open, citywide local art competition during the first 2 weeks in August in 10 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; all 2D work accepted; $250 Public Vote Cash Prize

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Click here for more information about Art in the City 2018.

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Biennial Call for Major Exhibitions | Deadline: September 3, 2018


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Submission Deadline for the 2019-2021 Seasons: September 3, 2018

2019-2021 JURORS: TBA by July 2018

Biennial Call Submission Printable Form

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CSA (Community Supported Art) | Deadline: January 1, 2019


Community Supported Art

Deadline: January 1, 2019

A selection of artists will be selected to receive a commission to create original artwork in an edition. Artists will be selected through representative images from the application. The The Contemporary Dayton 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. The Contemporary Dayton CSA is made possible from a seed grant from U.S. Bank Foundation.

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Annual Open Members’ Show | Drop-off: June 20 & 22, 2019


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The Contemporary Dayton 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.

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Holiday Gift Gallery | Deadline: July 1, 2019


Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Gift Gallery

Established in 1991, The Contemporary Dayton’s 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.

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Urban Art Intersections/Downtown Mural Program | Deadline: TBA


Urban Art Intersections/Downtown Mural Program

In partnership with the Downtown Dayton Partnership

Application Deadline: TBA