Artist Resources

Artist Opportunities

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.

2016-2017 Artist Workshops

Workshop: Call for Entry (CaFE)

August 20, 2016

1:30 p.m.

Applying for any of DVAC’s Calls for Artists? Get a walk-through of CAfE and apply for DVAC and opportunities across the country. Bring your laptop and follow along to application process.

Members Free; Non-Members $5

Workshop: Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant NEW Website (ARTIE) Overview

August 20, 2016

3 p.m.

Biennial OAC Individual Artist Grant applications are due September 1. Need some last minute assistance with the new Web site?  Bring your laptop and follow along to application process.

Members Free; Non-Members $5

Workshop: Urban Art Intersections Call for Entry (CaFE) Submission Tech Review

September 17, 2016

11a.m.-12 p.m.

Urban Art Intersections is a new commission opportunity for artists to create art on select downtown buildings. Proposals must be submitted through New to CAfE? Join us for this workshop–bring your laptop and follow along. More info CLICK HERE.


3rd Annual Town Hall Meeting

November 19, 2016

10 a.m. – noon

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: Presentation and Framing

January 21, 2017

1:30 p.m.

Learn the best way to mount, preserve and display your work to present in a professional gallery. Custom Framing Services owner, David Crowell will delve into best practices of presentation.

Members Free; Non-Members $5

Workshop: Document and Digitize

February 18, 2017

1:30 p.m.

Learn tips and tricks to photograph and edit your work for web applications.

Members Free; Non-Members $5

Open Critique: No Fear Feedback

May 20, 2017

1:30 p.m.

DVAC’s occasional informal critique returns led by Glen Cebulash, Wright State University’s Chair of the Department of Art and Art History and exhibiting artist. Bring one work to discuss or just join the conversation.

Members Free; Non-Members $5

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.

Artist Survey
Stay tuned for more details soon!
DVAC 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 DVAC 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
DVAC 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.
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
Stay tuned for more details soon!
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!

Portfolio Review
Stay tuned for more details soon!
Town Hall Meeting
Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, DVAC 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.