The Contemporary Dayton - DVAC

During the COVID-19 health crisis, attractions and organizations in Dayton are closed to protect the health and safety of you and your family.  Please take some time to learn about Dayton's incredible arts & culture so that you can plan for a future visit.
The Contemporary Dayton has closed its galleries until further notice.

Plan a Future Visit

The Dayton Visual Arts Center (now The Contemporary Dayton) was founded in 1991 by a coalition of Dayton-area artists, art supporters, and visual arts professionals who saw a need for more interaction between the public and regional artists. The founders established an organization that allows the community to see and experience the wealth and diversity of visual art being created in the area and to get to know these artists. Over the years, The Contemporary Dayton has presented a schedule of exhibitions that has explored the variety and diversity of the visual arts in communities from Dayton, Ohio and internationally.


The Contemporary Dayton is a group of artists and art lovers who believe that a vital visuals arts community is essential to the life of the community. From gallery talks and exhibit openings to professional development workshops, The Contemporary Dayton provides opportunities to meet others who share an interest in art and to learn about and support contemporary visual art.
The Contemporary Dayton
118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton OH 45402
Telephone 937/224.3822
Fax 937/224.4356
Gallery Hours
Tues-Sat: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Open First Fridays ’til 8 p.m.
Sun & Mon: Closed
Providing art for the community and a community for artists since 1991.