The Contemporary Dayton

The Contemporary Dayton is located in the beautiful, newly renovated, historic Dayton Arcade. The Contemporary Dayton, also known as The Co and formerly known as the Dayton Visual Arts Center, nearly doubled its previous space and is now features 6,224 square feet of exhibit space. 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 city. 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
25 W 4th St, Dayton 45402
Telephone 937.224.3822
Fax 937.224.4356
Gallery Hours
Monday–Tuesday Closed
Wednesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Providing art for the community and a community for artists since 1991.