Art in Real Life


The Creative Life: A Dayton Arts Collaborative Symposium

Bringing critical conversations to the Dayton region on creativity, artists, and community impact

Presented by Dayton Society of Artists, The Contemporary Dayton and Rosewood Arts Centre

Featuring Special Guest:  Sharon Louden, artist, educator, activist and author of “The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life.”

Support for the Creative Life Symposium is provided by the The Contemporary Dayton, The Dayton Society of Artists, Rosewood Arts Centre, Front Street Studios and the University of Dayton. Additional support is provided by the Dayton Metro Library, The Modern College of Design and the Ohio Arts Council.

 Free and open to all.



October 26-27, 2018

Schedule of Events

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




Participants must register through Eventbrite.

Annual Artist Town Hall Meeting


Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, The Contemporary Dayton invites artists to learn about opportunities for the coming year from representatives from local and regional visual arts organizations. Includes time for networking and group discussion of issues and needs.


Art Lunch


1st & 3rd Thursday of the month

Noon-1 p.m.

Bring a brown bag lunch; network with other artists; bring a piece of art to “show and tell”; take part in critiques and lively discussion of area art events.

For up-to-date info, join Art Lunch, Public Group, Facebook.



The Contemporary Dayton is proud to be hosting the only Art-o-mat in Ohio! As part of our mission to provide art for the community and a community for artists Art-o-mat fits The Contemporary Dayton perfectly!






Guidelines for Artists To Participate:

Art-o-mat® submissions from artists are welcome at any time. Since our project is ongoing, we are always interested in new work. We fully respect the rights of artistic freedom and enjoy working with artists of all levels. However, Art-o-mat machines are not as forgiving when it comes to size/structure. Strict adherence to our guidelines is necessary as any deviation from the specifications below will cause vending difficulty, logistical problems and unnecessary expense. Our selections are made based on effort, craftsmanship and originality. With that said, a key factor in our review process is how the final piece will be viewed in the hands of someone who may have never bought art before. Once accepted, where your artwork is placed is based on the needs of each venue. There are 120 Art-o-mat locations throughout the world. For each work sold you will receive $2.50. If all goes well, prepare to be asked for more. If you are only able to keep us in stock periodically, that is ok. But, consider your involvement as a long term relationship and send work when you can. We want Art-o-mat to be part of your ongoing art production/promotion. Here’s how you get started:

Documentation Done for You

The Contemporary Dayton can also document your work for you for a very reasonable fee! Drop off your work on a designated day and receive your high-res images, ready to upload to the site, about a week later.