Calls for Entry

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

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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 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.

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Annual Student Show | Deadline for Faculty Recommendations: November 2019

Art and Design Students

Deadline for nominations: November 1, 2019

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; Call Patrick Mauk, Gallery Manager at 937/224.3822 for more information.

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Art in the City | Deadline: July 2018

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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

Click here for application or come by the gallery.

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

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ArtSource Fellowship

ArtSource Fellowship

DVAC is pleased to announce a new initiative made possible by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council designed to help artists create a great portfolio to better connect to exhibition, grant, residency, and sales opportunities.

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

All Media – Solo and Group DVAC Shows

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

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Annual Open Members’ Show

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2018 Open Members Show Theme: The Light Within

Members’ Show Prospectus

On View: July-August
Drop Off: June 14th or 16th

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.

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Holiday Gift Gallery | Deadline: July 1, 2018

Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Gift Gallery

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.

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Urban Art Intersections | Deadline: August 15, 2018

Urban Art Intersections (4 Murals) | Round Three: Paint, Perform, Party

In partnership with the Downtown Dayton Partnership

Application Deadline: August 15, 2018

Artists of all levels are invited to submit design proposals for a mural located near the future home of the Levitt Pavilion, Dayton’s free outdoor amphitheater planned to open at Dave Hall Plaza in 2018.

The mural should reflect the spirit or music, musicians, and musical performance. The inclusion of Dayton’s rich musical past, present, and future, as well as any other interpretation of how music plays a role in our city’s rich cultural fabric is highly encouraged.

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Westside Mural Project | Deadline: July 3, 2018

Westside Mural Project

In partnership with the City of Dayton

Application Deadline: July 3, 2018

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