Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH 45405 - United States





The Dayton Art Institute is committed to enriching the community by creating meaningful experiences with art that are available to all. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences. The museum’s encyclopedic collection spans 5,000 years of art history from around the world, with about 1,000 works on view in the collection galleries, including important works by Monet, Rubens, Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol. The Dayton Art Institute is located at 456 Belmonte Park North in downtown Dayton, just minutes off Interstate 75.


In addition to the museum's collection galleries, the following exhibitions will be on view during Smithsonian Museum Day:

All by Myself: Japanese Creative Prints
This exhibition presents examples from several artists working within the sosaku-hanga movement, including a recent acquisition and loans from a private collection.

Photography Through Time
From early photographic processes to contemporary artworks that expand our notion of the medium, Photography Through Time includes examples of daguerreotype, cyanotype, albumen, gelatin silver, chromogenic, photogravure and inkjet photographs.

Spotlight on Africa: Gifts from Dianne Komminsk
A business leader and philanthropist, Dianne Komminsk (1944-2019) of New Bremen, Ohio, was a passionate collector of art. She collected contemporary art and antiquities, but her greatest interest was in the rich aesthetic qualities of art from Africa. This Focus Exhibition features some of the more than 300 objects she gifted to the DAI, during her lifetime and through her estate.

Formless Form V: The Calligraphy of Ronald K. Nakasone
For over 45 years, Ronald Nakasone has investigated the potential of this artform, following in the path of avant-garde Japanese calligraphy artists of the 20th century. This exhibition presents newly created works by Nakasone and explores key aspects of the art of sho (calligraphy).

ABCs of Art (in The Lange Family Experiencenter)
The ABCs of Art exhibition is designed for youth and families in our nationally renowned Lange Family Experiencenter. This “hands-off, brains-on” exhibition exposes learners of all ages to new art concepts and dynamic artworks.

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