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31 Aug 2021

Art Calls Contemporary Dayton Holiday Gift Gallery

Contemporary Dayton Dayton, Ohio, United States

Contemporary Dayton

Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: October 1, 2021 – The Contemporary Dayton’s Holiday Gift Gallery is the premier fine art and fine craft professional gallery show and sale in the region. This year atists have the opportunity to submit to participate in The Co’s traditional Holiday Gift Gallery, the 2021 Limited Edition Holiday Ornament, and the new CoSHOP. Artists receive 60% commission on sales.

ALL FINE CRAFT CONSIDERED: fiber, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, printmaking, 2D & 3D mixed media.

Presented in The Co’s downtown, loft-like, contemporary gallery space inside the newly restored Dayton Arcade and displayed on pedestals, walls and custom designed modular wood and industrial hardware cubbies, shelves, pedestals with both direct and natural lighting, the Holiday Gift Gallery is known for its high quality, unique character and wide variety of media. The warm, friendly and art-knowledgeable staff and volunteers showcase work to its best advantage each day while events like Corporate Holiday parties, Dayton’s First Friday and downtown Tree-Lighting events keep crowds coming through the show during its 5-week run.


  • Holiday Gift Gallery: The Contemporary Dayton’s Holiday Gift Gallery is the premier fine art and fine craft professional gallery show and sale in the region. Beginning with an Opening Reception on Thursday, November 18.
  • 2021 Limited Edition Holiday Ornament: A small selection of unique, extra-special ornaments, to be hand-picked by The Co team to be part of the Limited Edition collection and priced at $10–$25.
  • The CoSHOP: The CoSHOP is a new retail experience, located just inside Dayton’s newly renovated Arcade featuring curated fine craft, art books, letterpress
    cards, and curious objects connected to Co exhibitions and made by Ohio artists.

These guidelines are to help artists determine whether their work is eligible and, particularly, to help beginning artists with expectations of professional gallery display.

  • The Co seeks to exhibit work of the highest level of craftsmanship, originality, and contemporary style.
  • All work must be structurally sound, safe, non-toxic, and fit for its intended use.
  • A mass-produced, cluttered, or commercial appearance to the entire show or an individual artist’s display is avoided. We will not accept commercially produced display forms or structures nor signs, flyers, business cards or any other form of advertising for other shows, artist’s website, Etsy site or other sales-oriented site.
  • The Co curates the display and items from the artist’s inventory, holds some items in back inventory and moves and adjusts displays around weekly. The Co reserves the right to make these adjustments.
  • Small, creative item description tags are encouraged and The Co staff is available for consultation on size, media, and presentation/ attachment to artwork. (The Co produces inventory bar code stickers which must be placed on bottom or back of objects, preferably on an artist-made hang tag, never directly on jewelry or fiber or the front of 2D work)
    • All gallery sales during the run of the Holiday Gift Gallery must be administered through The Co.


  • Artists must be the maker, designer, creator, and producer of the work.
  • Submission images should exemplify representative works, but do not need to include all works to be exhibited. Please only include media that will be available to show and sell.
  • The Co’s Exhibition & Program Committee will jury all submissions based on level of craftsmanship, originality and contemporariness (i.e., items such as country crafts, anything made in a commercial mold or with a commercial kit, commercially manufactured clothing or household items with artist embellishment, dried flower wreaths and alphabet photography would not be considered).
  • Final item selection and inventory will be approved by The Co staff. (Limited multiples of ornaments and other small items are encouraged, but generally not to exceed 10 of the same item.)

Members Free; Non-Members $10.

This year, The Contemporary Dayton is giving artists THREE easy options to submit to our annual holiday exhibition. Please visit us online for details.

The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC), a 501c3 established in 1991, helps sustain the arts community by providing a place to exhibit, market, and sell work and also helps satisfy the needs and wants of art-lovers who have a place to see artists’ work and, often, meet the artists. At its core, DVAC advances art for the community and a community for artists.

DVAC receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council, Culture Works, Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District, The Dayton Power & Light Foundation and the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation. Community Partner Members include Houser Asphalt & Concrete, LMG-Lunne Marketing Group, LWC Inc., Mousaian Oriental Rugs , Premier Health, Square One Salon & Spa and members.

Dayton Visual Arts Center
118 North Jefferson St.
Dayton, OH 45402
t: 937.224.3822

Opportunity Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opportunity Types: Art Calls and Festivals. Opportunity Tags: Deadlines 09 Sept thru Oct, Extended Deadlines, and Open to U.S. Artists Only. Benefits: Exhibition - Group and Sales.

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