This exhibition features artwork created by both children and adults. Opening reception March 7, 2014 6-8pm.
A Strange Likeness is an exhibition by several contemporary artists whose work examines the methods and usages of the photographic portrait. Each artist’s approach is conceptually varied, while maintaining the traditional components of what makes up a photographic portrait. Their ideas and concerns fluctuate from the personal to the universal, immediate and mediated experience, and from the genuinely intimate to the invasively voyeuristic. What emerges from the work in this exhibition is a questioning of the validity and honesty of photographic portrait and its power to shadow, as much as it reveals, a truthful depiction of the person in front of the camera. Curated by Julie Jones.
Each spring the Butler Township Fire Department burns part of our prairie. This important land management practice prevents the prairie from reverting back to a forest. Since we can only burn during specific weather conditions, we do not know the exact day and time when the burn will take place.
The Experiencenter’s newest exhibition, I See the Rhythm, explores the creative space where music and art overlap. The artistic urge to merge the language of visual art with musical notation, composition and sound is particularly pertinent to 20th century artists and especially important today as artists frequently and freely cross disciplines to create works that are visually and aurally captivating.
Dayton Regional STEM School students researched more than 100 African Americans and women with connections to the greater Miami Valley area, such as William Jenkins (first African American police officer in Dayton), Zoe Dell Nutter, Virginia Kettering, Mary Morgan, Willis “Bing” Davis, and many others. From their research, students then wrote a magazine article in the genre of TIME’s “Person of the Year” article to argue why their research subject should be the Miami Valley Person of the Year. In their Art class, students worked on crafting block prints of their research subjects to be used as the cover art for their magazine’s cover. The artwork will be on display at the gallery space at the Convention Center from February 1st through March 31st, during Black History Month and Women’s History Month.
Virginia V. Blakeney (America, 1878–1963) was a generous benefactor of The Dayton Art Institute and a noted jewelry designer who produced designs for Tiffany at the turn of the 20th century. Although Blakeney studied jewelry-making in France and Belgium, she lived in Dayton for most of her life and created hand-crafted jewelry for many affluent Dayton families with tools she made herself.
Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a German instructor of sculpture who photographed plants to educate his students about design in nature. Selftaught as a photographer, his hobby grew into a life-encompassing passion, and he devoted himself to the study of nature, photographing nothing but plants for 35 years.
Opening Reception: Tuesday February 18, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Chicago-based artist Tim Arroyo expands on his Inner Beauty Project, based on an observation of the unwillingness to be photographed and shedding one’s outer layer. This inherent beauty is captured through the process of photographing the subject in infrared, revealing a beauty from within. This project was developed to show there is beauty in all people. ArtStreet Studio D Gallery.
Discover how humankind has harnessed the powers of physics through the use of basic mechanisms. Scientists and great thinkers alike have taken cues from nature, industry, and biology to create the simple machines that have catapulted us through the development of our favorite modern day marvels. Experience the interactive world of mechanical force as you explore the tools that made innovators like DaVinci and the Wright Brothers masters of invention.