Art in Real Life

Critical Conversations on Creativity and Community

Art in Real Life event photos from October 11, 2019

courtesy of Briana Snyder Photography and Knack Creative

Stay tuned for information about our next event!

Past Events:

Women Artists in the Changing World | October 11, 2019

The Co’s Art in Real Life Series presents Carolyn Edlund, founder of Artsy Shark, a nationally recognized blog and consulting service to help artists build better businesses. To kick-off our season designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which guaranteed and protected women’s right to vote AND in the spirit of gratitude to DVAC/The Co’s founding mothers, we embark upon a 2-year critical exploration of contemporary art by women artists living and working in Ohio.

Women Artists in the Changing Art World

a talk by Carolyn Edlund, Founder, Artsy Shark

October 11, 2019 | 7-8 p.m.

Eichelberger Forum | Dayton Metro Library-Main Branch

free and open to all but registration is required

Out There | April 6, 2019

The Contemporary Dayton, as part of their new series Art in Real Life, will present Out There (2019; 4K video, live performance; 55:20min), a concept video album and live performance piece by the band Princess. The video’s science fiction narrative explores the power of the Divine Feminine through references of MTV and Devo. Princess is made up of NY-based performance artists and musicians, Alexis Gideon and Michael O’Neill, who will perform the music alongside the projection of the video.

The performance will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2019, through a collaboration with The Contemporary Dayton (The Co) and design studio Jetpack. Both organizations are situated next door to each other in downtown Dayton at 118 N. Jefferson Street. The performance and artist Q&A will take place at Jetpack from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a casual reception with the artists in The Contemporary’s galleries from 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door: $6 for Adults and $4 for Students. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The World Premiere of Out There will be this spring at the Andy Warhol Museum followed by a tour at other institutions including the NYC premiere at New Museum, MCA San Diego, MOCA Cleveland, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, The Bass, DePaul Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, five 21c Museum locations and many other institutions. Click here for full tour information

Jetpack is a full-service web design agency nestled in the heart of downtown Dayton, Ohio. Started by two web professionals, Eric Ditmer and Tony Wartinger, they are a small, nimble, and capable team with over 20 years of experience. They’ve worked at various agencies in the Ohio region and have created a studio dedicated to crafting quality work that is unique to each client’s needs.

The Creative Life | October 26-27, 2018

The Creative Life: A Dayton Arts Collaborative Symposium

Opening Night Talk: Friday, October 26, 2018

The Modern College of Design
1725 East David Road
Kettering, Ohio 45440

6:00-7:00 p.m.

A Conversation with Sharon Louden and Steven Matijcio

A guided conversation between Steven Matijicio, Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, and Sharon Louden, artist, educator, activist and author of “The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life.”


Panel Discussions: Saturday, October 27, 2018

Dayton Metro Library
215 East Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

1-2:30 p.m.

Why Does Creative Culture Matter?

Featuring a diverse cross-section of professionals from the Southern Ohio region, hear diverse perspectives from developers, community change agents, and more.
• Calcagro Cullen, Executive Director, Wave Pool Arts Center
• Amanda Golden, Co-Founder and Principal, Designing Local
• Kate Bonansinga, Director, School of Art, University of Cincinnati
• Tess Little and Willis Bing Davis, Co-Founders, REACH


3-4:30 p.m.

The Creative Life: Challenges and Rewards

Regional artists share their successes and life experiences in their journey in the creative sector.
• Ashley Jonas, Co-Founder Blue House Gallery, Lecturer University of Dayton
• Nick Arnold, Galleries Coordinator, University of Dayton
• Migiwa Orimo, interdisciplinary Artist
• Rodney Veal, choreographer and interdisciplinary artist