Remnants + Resonate | July 8-August 13, 2016


The curious power of cast-off objects has a long history.   Whether mined by archeologists or obsessively archived by collectors, the emotional resonance of objects has an irresistible draw for many artists.  Anchored by Christina Pereyma’s accumulated display of opaque personal history—each item embedded in amber-colored cast wax—this exhibition explores the varied ways that selected artists from the region find inspiration from the flotsam of the past.

The artists in Remnants were selected through The Contemporary Dayton’s 2014 Biennial Call for Exhibitions by jurors Jason Franz, Founding Executive Director & Chief Curator, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati; John Kortlander, Professor, Drawing & Painting, Columbus College of Art and Design and 2012 The Contemporary Dayton Biennial Call Artist; and Liz Maugens, Co-Founder & Director, Zygote Press, Cleveland. The exhibition is organized by The Contemporary Dayton and curated by Eileen Carr, Director of ArtsLIVE at the University of Dayton.


The Contemporary Dayton’s Biennial Juried Members Show

The emotional resonance of objects, common or curious, is something that drives artists to create new work from what has been discarded.  Over the past century, many artists—painters, writers, poets—have seen potential in the ephemera of life, inspiring works that strive to preserve memory, beauty, history or simply the mystery of the past.  This exhibition of juried work by The Contemporary Dayton members—selected by curator Eileen Carr and artist Christina Pereyma (the collaborative team of Remnants, on view at The Contemporary Dayton during the same period)—will present a range of works that reflect the resonant potential of objects drawn from life.



  • Eileen Carr is the manager of ArtsLIVE at UD, an independent curator and former Curator of Education, DAI. She has an MA in art History from the University of N Carolina and BA in Art History from Michigan State and was a curatorial intern at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum. She also curated the companion exhibition on view, Remnants.
  • Christina Pereyma has been a The Contemporary Dayton member artist since it’s beginnings in 1991, exhibits throughout the region, and has created at projects in conjunction with Dayton’s Tech-Arts Collaborative, the Dayton Sideshow and Cityfolk. She received a BA in Art History form Case Western. Her work is also on view in the companion exhibition on view, Remnants.

UPDATE: Nina Chanel Abney's Artist Talk will be livestreamed instead of in-person on Saturday, September 18 at 6 p.m.