Patty Brown of P.Brown Art with three of her “colorfield florals.”
The artists whose work will be up for bid are some of Dayton’s most notable including Zachary Armstrong, Willis “Bing” Davis, Katherine Kadish, Evelyn Mahrt, Mychaelyn Michalec, Richard Malogorski, and Bruce Soifer. Additionally, The Co’s new curator, Michael Goodson, has added an impressive list of work from nationally-renowned artists including Ann Hamilton, Ohio resident and celebrated “sensory” and fabric installation artist; Donald Moffett, New York AIDS-era activist, designer, and celebrated painter; Carrie Moyer, New York artist and Whitney Biennial Alum, best known for her vividly-colored and textured abstract paintings; American photojournalist/photo-anthropologist, Bill Owens, whose 1973 book Suburbia is considered one of the seminal photobooks of the 20st century and features, in newer editions, a forward essay by filmmaker Sofia Coppola; Detroit-based artist Beverly Fishman who creates powerful abstract paintings that address technology and the pharmaceutical industry; and Brooklyn painter, Fred Tomaselli, who is represented by one of his infamous silkscreens in which he colorfully reimagines the events of Hurricane Katrina on the front page of The New York Times. Each of these works will be accompanied by a monographic book signed by each artist.
Simultaneously, The Co will present an Online Auction beginning on June 23 through June 27, 2021 with over 60 works of art that represent a curated selection of the most accomplished and compelling artists in the area, as well as a selection of virtual and in-person art encounters. Virtual art encounter packages include a Guided Watercolor Painting Lesson; Wine Tasting with Argentinian and Tuscan Selections; a Q&A with the elite of Broadway’s theatrical professionals; a Coaching-Vocal-Choreography Session; and a Grandmaster Chess Lesson. In-person packages include Glassblowing with Jim DeLange; a Custom Mural by Mural Machine; and Exclusive Columbus and Cincinnati Art Tour with The Co’s Curator. Viewing and bidding on artwork and experiences is available at no cost, but you must register to bid.
Additionally, The Co will offer a Grand Prize Raffle for the chance to win the opportunity to host the first Cocktail Party in The Co’s New Galleries for up to 25 guests and includes select wines, craft beers, light bites, and music. Grand Prize Raffle Tickets are available now at The Co’s downtown location or at thecontemporarydayton.org and are $25 each or 5 for $100.
Leesa Happapurro is a local Dayton artist whom I personally love with all my heart. Not only is she a talented artist, she is good people. Originally from Detroit, Haapapuro has made Dayton her home. Her work has been described as whimsical, ethereal, and magical—and there is true magic in her ability to engage the community. Last year, at the start of the pandemic, Haapapuro participated in the Dayton Artists United show at the Orphanage Gallery, demonstrating the making of colorful, complicated, fragile looking paper flowers for her Garden of Hope exhibition. This year, she is launching a new exhibit with the Dayton Metro Library, called BRIDGES, which runs from May 1 to June 30, 2021 and explores ideas of unity and the things that connect us.
The community can participate by picking up materials at their library, beginning May 1st,. Kits can be reserved online. The kits include gorgeous rectangular cutouts that feature scrollwork and designs that evoke the designs of wrought iron bridgework. Participants color their “bridge” piece and return it to any branch library. The pieces will be delivered to Haapapuro for installation at the Main Branch library. She plans to connect them together to create an installation piece that is a visual representation of unity. The artist will host free workshops on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 am-3 pm.* in the Opportunity Space @ Patterson, inside the Main Library at 215 E Third Street in downtown Dayton and the public can view the work in progress through the windows at the corner of Third Street and St. Clair Avenue. *If the public health advisory is at orange or higher, workshops will take place online.
Haapapuro hopes the installation will engage the community in thinking about how we unify fractured communities and create a focus for conversations about equity. The project has been made possible through an Artist Opportunity Grant from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District administered by Culture Works and the Dayton Metro Library.
Leesa Haapapuro has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2000. In addition to being known for creating temporary site-specific installations which invite community participation, Haapapuro is a well-known regional arts educator, which is how I first met her. She has a huge following, because her classes are wonderful and deceptive—she makes you feel like you can create anything, then she connects your work to the works of others and makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger. Her work is shown through-out the region, and she has sculptures in the permanent collection of the Dayton Art Institute and at Wright State University. I think she is one of Dayton’s gems, and I advise you take advantage of this opportunity to participate in her installation. Reserve your kit today!
Author: Curtis Bowman
Dayton Artists United
Unite is the Dayton Society of Artists’ 2020 annual spring juried show. The call for art is open to all mediums, techniques, and styles. Work is encouraged to, but does not have to fit the theme, “unite.”
Any artist, 18 years or older, who lives, works, or attends school within 50 miles of the gallery is eligible to enter. Jacinda Russell will be this year’s juror and over $1000 will be awarded in prizes! Please note: this year all submissions will be digitally submitted instead of physically at the gallery. An online exhibition will also be created at daytondsa.org/unite and images will be shared on social media.
Submissions Due: March 1, 2021
Opening February 5, the Dayton Society of Artists (DSA) is pleased to exhibit their 16th annual printmaking exhibition. The call for art was open to all adult printmakers who live, work, or attend school in Ohio. Julie Harris, graduate of Wright State University and assistant professor at Kean University, juried the entries for the exhibition.
Litho-Lino-Mono-More 2021 features thirty prints by eighteen artists who use a wide variety of printmaking methods such as screenprinting, etching, mezzotint, linoleum and woodblock printing, collograph, and serigraph. The artists included in the exhibition are Vanessa Bahr, Janet Ballweg, Stephanie Berrie, Brent Billingsley, Claire Bowman, Christine D’Epiro Abbott, Cassidy Ely, Nicole Fiely, Autumn Geer, Robin Landis, Gabrielle Lawrence, Arturo Rodriguez, Libby Slauenwhite, Ryan Stoneberger, and Kathryn Yarkosky. The artists represent a wide swath of Ohio’s cities including Toledo, Berea, Athens, Columbus, and Cincinnati. DSA is also pleased to report that three local DSA members, Shannon Grecula, Melanie Morrett, and Charles Wright, were selected to participate in the exhibition.
DSA’s annual printmaking exhibition was first started by David Smith, a well-known Dayton artist and an avid supporter of the DSA, sixteen years ago to honor his wife and printmaking artist, Kay Smith. An award will be given in memory of Kay’s legacy as well as a first and second place prize. In lieu of a reception, award announcements will be made over a facebook video and will be included on the home page of the DSA’s website.
Showing concurrently is Paul Rienzo in the DSA’s project space. Rienzo is a Chemical Engineer and a self-taught artist. His photo-realistic Millennial Parade series “convey[s] observations about evolving American society. The parade serves as a metaphor for trends of constructing of new realities and their blending, inflated importance, complexity, teaming up, the daily marching by of what matters, and anxiety.”
The exhibitions will run from February 5 through February 27. DSA’s gallery is open 12-5 Friday and Saturday, and 6-9 on First Fridays. The gallery is free and open to the public but is operating by appointment only during the pandemic. Appointments may be made on their website’s homepage, daytondsa.org or by calling 937-228-4532. The exhibition will be viewable online at daytondsa.org/llmm2021.
Prolific Local Artist Mike Elsass is working overtime to give back to the local community by launching a new charity project to benefit Dayton-area nonprofits.
Elsass announced the project this week, when he told his followers on social media if they could provide proof of a donation to a local nonprofit, he would reward the contribution with a gift of art. The idea picked up momentum quickly, and Elsass has since implemented a structure to best support the collaborative project.
Patrons can email MikeElsassCharityProject@gmail.com with proof of a donation to a local charity. Contributions more than $50 in value will receive an email notification to be printed and taken to Elsass’ studio at Front Street, where they can be exchanged for an original piece of art valued at $150-$300.
Elsass said the project was an effort to keep up momentum for local nonprofits in the wake of the global pandemic, which continues to have a devastating effect on small businesses, as well as local charities. The project is designed to keep people enthusiastic about the art community in Dayton and also show the commitment of the arts to continue working collaboratively throughout the community.
The project will continue until March 21. Proof of donations will only be accepted at the Mike Elsass Charity Project email address, and contributors must present the email response, as well as valid ID to pick out their art at Front Street, which they can do from 9 am to 3 pm daily or during First Friday or Third Sunday events.
The Centerville Arts Commission is pleased to announce the Centerville Art Gallery will feature the work of four local artists throughout the month of January. The exhibit may be viewed 24 hours a day at the Centerville Police Department, 155 West Spring Valley Road.
Kelly Ingerson, born in Adelaide Australia, lived in rural country on cattle and sheep farms until she graduated high school. Kelly immigrated to Dayton, Ohio in 1997. Her tremendous love of the outdoors and the ocean is shown vividly through her photography, capturing the emotion of the moment.
Colleen Kelsey is an artist whose work begins in drawing and concentrates also in painting. Her artwork explores the modern relationships that exist in the self and community. In her most recent painting series, Kelsey studies the interaction of color in compressed spaces as she depicts single figures or figure couples.
Clara Coleman is a painter and art instructor from Dayton. Clara received her BFA from Wright State University and went on to receive a graduate degree in painting from the University of New Hampshire. She teaches toddlers through eighth grade at the Montessori School of Dayton and is an instructor for high school drawing students at the Wright State Art Academy.
Jennifer Shonle received her MFA in Painting from Miami University in 2007. A Beavercreek resident, Jennifer paints in her studio at the Dayton Society of Artists space, located in Saint Anne’s Hill.
The Centerville Arts Commission was created by Centerville City Council to involve citizens in the visual and performing arts. For more information, please call (937)433-7151.
Groundbreaking exhibition reveals what happened when prominent painters and sculptors–such as Pablo Picasso, David Hockney and Henri Matisse–turned their attention to the stage
Stages may still be dark at theaters around the country, but theDayton Art Institute (DAI) will bring the spirit of the performing arts to life with its latest Special Exhibition. Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage reveals what happened when prominent painters and sculptors turned their attention to the stage and collaborated with writers, musicians and dancers. The exhibition opens October 17 and will be on view at the DAI through January 17, 2021. Current museum hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon – 5 p.m. The exhibition
Picasso to Hockney contains works by some of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century, including Pablo Picasso, David Hockney, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, Natalia Gontcharova, Joan Miró, Louise Nevelson, Robert Indiana, Jim Dine and many others. It pulls back the curtain on a lesser known but equally inspiring aspect of these artists’ creative expressions—their collaborations as designers of sets, costumes, lighting, scenery and, in some instances, complete performances. These artists contributed stunning designs to world-renowned plays, operas and ballets, such as Pulcinella, La Création du Monde(The Creation of the World), King Arthur and The Mother of Us All.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy stunning works, which were made for the stage by major artists who are known primarily for their paintings and sculpture,” said Dr. Jerry N. Smith, the DAI’s Chief Curator and Director of Education. “The art on display, since it was created for the theater, offers a novel look at major art movements of the 20th century. For example, to see a breathtaking costume created by Henri Matisse that was once worn by an actor on stage, or a series of painted designs by Jim Dine for stage sets, helps us appreciate the artists and their creativity in new ways.”
Organized by the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, Picasso to Hockney features 115 objects of set and costume design, and it offers fresh insights into artists and movements, from Cubism and Constructivism to Surrealism and Pop Art. The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to experience more than 100 years of original performance designs by renowned visual artists who took their creativity to the stage. Spectacular costumes from the theater, such as dresses by Lesley Dill, and several costumes by Robert Indiana, are also included in the exhibition. Picasso to Hockney invites visitors to explore how these visual artists challenged conventional theatre practices and often redefined their own work in the process.
Drawn from the McNay Art Museum’s Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, Picasso to Hockney aligns with Robert L. B. Tobin’s belief that, “designs come to life only when they are used.” The late San Antonio art collector and performance advocate ensured his collection would be accessible to the public. Tobin hoped this collection would serve to educate and inspire future generations of young theatre makers.
“Dayton is known for its vibrant arts community, so it’s only fitting to present this exciting combination of visual and performing arts from the Tobin Collection at the Dayton Art Institute,” said DAI Director & CEO Michael R. Roediger. “Picasso to Hockney shines an inspiring light on the arts, as well as the artists who bring the arts to life. Your Dayton Art Institute is open and ready to safely welcome you to the museum. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to view this amazing exhibition from our friends at the McNay Art Museum and support the DAI.”
Several online programs and at-home activities will be offered in conjunction with Picasso to Hockney, including:
- DAI Book Club: Language of Art
Saturday, Oct. 24 & Thursday, Nov. 5, 12–1 p.m. each day
- Draw from the Collection … Live via Zoom!
Saturday, Nov. 7, 3–4 p.m. & Thursday, Nov. 19, 12–1 p.m.
- Retrofit: Turning Today’s Clothes into Period Costumes
Videos and downloadable lessons to be released Nov. 20, Dec. 4 & Jan. 8
- Curatorial Conversations: Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage
Friday, Dec. 4, 1:30 p.m.
- ARTventures at Home
Downloadable lesson to be released on Dec. 28
In addition, A Date at DAI will offer a specially designed self-guided tour of the exhibition, aimed at those visiting the museum with their “special someone” the weekend of October 30–November 1.
For more about these programs and the exhibition, visit www.daytonartinstitute.org/stage and join the conversation on social media with #PicassoToHockney.
The Dayton Art Institute’s showing of Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage is presented with support from BENEFACTOR SPONSOR Premier Health and SUPPORTING SPONSORS Carolyn & Robert H. Brethen, Norma Landis & Rick Hoffman, Perfection Group and PNC, with ADDITIONAL SUPPORT from Jessup Wealth Management. SUPPORTING MEDIA SPONSOR is ThinkTV.
Admission to Picasso to Hockney is included in the museum’s general admission: $15 adults; $10 seniors (60+), active military and groups (10 or more); $5 students (18+ w/ID) and youth (ages 7–17); free for children (ages 6 & younger). Admission is also free for museum members. Prices include admission to the Special Exhibition, all Focus Exhibitions and the museum’s collection galleries.
For more information about visiting the Dayton Art Institute, go to www.daytonartinstitute.org or call 937-223-4ART (4278). Connect with the Dayton Art Institute on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest for additional information, behind-the-scenes photos and videos, and exclusive offers.
The Contemporary Dayton (The Co) is elated to announce the partnership with Michael Goodson as the new Curator and Director of Programs. Goodson’s talents span over 20 years curating exhibitions for The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design, and James Cohan Gallery, NY.
“I am very pleased to be joining the The Contemporary Dayton’s team in what is essentially a return to where my connection with and understanding of the power of art first began,” Goodson recalls. “When I first spoke with Eva Buttacavoli, Executive Director & Chief Curator of The Co about the vision of that she has nurtured over the last decade, it was immediately clear to me that Dayton and its surrounding communities are now, and perhaps always have been, ready for the challenge of contemporary art.”
Goodson’s plans will expand programming to create a significant shift in exhibitions that will integrate themes surrounding social injustice and equity from internationally renowned and local artists. The Co’s exhibition lineup for 2020–2021 includes a series of exciting exhibitions that kick off on Friday, September 11, 2020, with Goodson’s longtime friend, artist Nari Ward, and his breathtaking art installation We The People. Following in 2021, Goodson will be curating exhibitions from locally acclaimed Dayton artists, Zachary Armstrong and Mychaelyn Michalec.
“This is a new and exciting era for The Co and I am thrilled to have Michael Goodson with his many connections to the art world and his never-ending sensitivity to artists in the Dayton area,” said Eva Buttacavoli, Executive Director & Chief Curator of The Co. “Goodson is an accomplished leader with a track record of strategic planning for exhibitions that fuel visitor’s curiosity while creating a personal connection to the artwork.
As a teenager, Goodson moved to Dayton as a part of a Wright-Patterson family and completed his undergraduate work in studio art at Wright State University and taught sculpture and performance art at Hunter College, NY. He also taught studio and art history at Wright State and Wittenberg University. He holds an MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI and has organized single artist exhibitions by Diana Al-Hadid, Charles Atlas, Leonardo Drew, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Donald Moffett, Carrie Moyer, Roxy Paine, Yinka Shonibare, Robert Smithson, Fred Tomaselli, and many others.