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.

27th Annual Art Auction | CALL FOR DONATIONS | FEBRUARY 3 – MARCH 6, 2021

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Save-the-Date The 27th Annual Art Auction SILENT Auction Bid Online Jun 23-27, 2021 LIVE Auction Jun 25, 2021 (limited to 75 in-person attendees) –  We are inviting artists to consider donating a work of art to support The Co’s exhibitions and education programs! This year, we are excited to offer each artist a high-resolution digital image of their work for their portfolio; and as usual, artists may select if they would like to contribute either 100% or 75% of the sale of their work back to The Co. LIVE Auction tickets will be $75 for Members and $90 for Non-Members. Artist Members will have the opportunity to purchase early-bird tickets beginning May 15. General ticket sales will begin June 1, 2021.If you are interested in donating, please complete an Auction Donation Form (enclosed) and either mail, email or bring with you to Auction Art Drop-off, March 3, 4 and 6, 2021.

Artwork & Donation Form Drop-offs:
Wed, Mar 3, 12–4 p.m.
Thu, Mar 4, 4–7 p.m.
Sat, Mar 6, 10–4 p.m.

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Riverscape MetroPark Storm Sewer Riser | FEBRUARY 8 – MARCH 15, 2021

Painted Design & Application

Submissions due by March 15, 2021

This is a request for proposals for a painted (or other pre-approved media) design to cover a storm sewer riser located at RiverScape MetroPark. The riser is a concrete cylindrical form with a flat top, 55 inches in circumference and 55” high. The top of the form includes a large rusted steel manhole cover. The form sits on at the newly designed River Run Plaza, on a platform area of light tan concrete and with the “back” portion integrated into a series of 4 levels of stone benching, all designed to serve as a casual gathering space and viewing area for River Run. The selection committee is seeking a design that connects to the elements on and around the riser, including the water, waves, stonework, colors, and patterns in the landscape and the large mural across the river.

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Call for Art: University of Dayton | CLOSED
The Contemporary Dayton (The Co), in collaboration with the University of Dayton, is seeking artwork for a new building “connector” between the Computer Science and Engineering Buildings, and several lounges and common areas.
In the Balance: Photography Call | CLOSED

The Co is seeking digital submissions in response to the pandemic, to be published as a photo spread in the Dayton Daily News,

September 2020.

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Annual Open Members’ Show | CLOSED


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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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Art in the City | CLOSED


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Art in the City

Art Demos, Participatory Art Projects, or Art Performances for Art in the City, annual downtown Dayton free citywide arts festival, Friday, Aug 8, 2020

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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Biennial Call for Major Exhibitions | ON HOLD


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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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Contemporary Print Series | ON HOLD


Contemporary Print Series

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 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.

This program was formerly called CSA-Community Supported Art, a nod to the 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. This program is made possible from a seed grant from U.S. Bank Foundation.



Holiday Gift Gallery | CLOSED


Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Gift Gallery

The Contemporary Dayton’s (The Co) Holiday Gift Gallery is the premier fine art and fine craft gallery show and sale in the region, presented in The Co’s loft-like, contemporary gallery space with display designed by Dayton-Emmy Award Winning set designer, Chris “Red” Newman. 

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