At DVAC we have created a unique environment where you, the working artist, can find an open, friendly, artist-centered community where members are treated with the utmost respect. We are dedicated to providing you with access to the professional and educational resources you need to develop your work, cultivate your creativity and get your art out in the world. Throughout the year, DVAC offers professional development workshops for artists and educators. Continuing education is important on so many fronts, because there is not a single, obvious path to being an artist. No degree, no skill set, no association guarantees you will be able to make a living in your chosen career. In fact, being an artist is more than a career – for most people, it’s a primary identity that goes back to childhood.
2017-2018 Artist Workshops
Workshop: Presentation, Framing, and Tagging
Sept 9, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
This workshop will focus on the best ways to mount, preserve, display and tag your work for presentation in a professional gallery and specifically for the upcoming exhibition, the Holiday Gift Gallery. Led by David Crowell, Custom Frame Services, Eva Buttacavoli, DVAC Executive Director, and Beth DeVilbiss, DVAC Events Coordinator. Members: Free; Non-Members: $5
4th Annual Town Hall Meeting
Nov 18, 2017, 10 a.m.
Artists of all backgrounds and experiences are invited 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. Free; coffee provided.
Workshop: Document and Digitize
Feb 17, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Learn tips and tricks to photograph and edit your work for web applications. Members: Free; Non-Members: $5
Urban Paint Out (led by Ray Hassard)
May 19, 2018, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join exhibiting artist, Ray Hassard, as he leads a plein air paint out. Paint Out Critique: 3-4 p.m.; Paint Out Reception: 4-6 p.m.
Instagramming Your Art
May 19, 2018
Learn the in’s and out’s of marketing your artwork by shooting phone pictures on the fly, in the studio, or gallery.
1st & 3rd Thursday of the month
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.
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: http://www.artomat.org/guidelines/
Documentation Done for You
Getting in the Game
Interested in learning how to bring your art out of the studio and into the public? Wondering who in the Dayton-region can help you? Learn from experts and connect with arts organizations in this annual afternoon “boot camp,” artist resource marketplace and professional critique session. Getting in the Game is organized by the Dayton Visual Arts Center, K12 Gallery for Young People & Tejas, Rosewood Arts Centre, and The Stein Galleries at Wright State University with support from DP&L Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.
No Fear Feedback
Open Figure Drawing
3rd Saturday of the month
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Uninstructed life-drawing, studio format, for all levels of adult artists to draw from a nude model in a professional setting. Model, drawing horses, easels and boards provided; artists must bring drawing supplies.
Check the calendar for dates!