Our mission to serve the arts, artists and community by promoting, developing, empowering and cultivating visual arts and artists.
*** Our Founders ***
Two of Dayton's Well Known Artists
The African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG) was started in 1992 by two local artists; Curtis Barnes Sr., and Willis “Bing” Davis. These aspiring artists envisioned a place where all emerging African American artists could come together and share their passion, ideas, and creativity for the Arts. In the late 80’s and the early 90’s, showcasing the work of artists, especially African American artists, were under-recognized by contemporary galleries and museums through out the world. Mr. Barnes and Mr. Davis felt that is was vital to create an organization that would keep the dreams and passion for the arts alive.
Our emphasis have been placed on visual exploration featuring contemporary art, traditional fine art, paintings, crafts, photography, sculptures, and other types of visual art.
*** For Artists ***
Get your artists to create an Instagram
We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: Instagram is the art world’s most used and most important social media network. In fact, according to the 2018 Hiscox report, 32% of all art buyers noted that social media had a significant impact on their choice of purchase and for art buyers under 35, 79% of respondents said they used Instagram to discover new artists. With an Instagram account, artists can build a virtual portfolio that allows collectors to better understand the artist’s body of work. However, Instagram is also a platform that encourages its users to build relationships, it is a space for sharing and communicating. Artists need to find the right balance between professional photographs of their works and more casual images that they take themselves showing their studio or sharing their sources of inspiration. Sharing more personal information is important and Damien Hirst is a great example of this; the artist started sharing anecdotes and funny stories in his captions in January 2018, and his follower count increased rapidly.
*** Special Events ***
Present and Upcoming
Look forward for more exciting and special events coming in 2020 and 2021. The national "Black Heritage through Visual Rhythms Exhibit" will be moved to Dayton in 2021. This is in collaboration with the Dayton Art Institute, meetings are ongoing to solidify opening for June 2021.
*** Mentoring ***
Our Mentoring Program
Our programming consists of an education component, exhibition component and communication component. The education component provides resources to the community as well as AAVAG members, such as workshops, open studio drawing and painting, mentoring, presentations, seminars, lectures, demonstrations and technical assistance. The exhibition component maintains a continuous rotating gallery for AAVAG members, is involved in curating "special exhibits" and receptions, for artists and organizations. We also offer group exhibits to other organizations, area colleges, institutions and private corporations. The communication component is involved with public relations and the publication of a monthly newsletter for our members and patrons. If you or someone you know would like to be mentored on any category of visual art, contact us. We have professional artist and art educators within our organization.
*** Critiques ***
During our monthly membership meetings, members are encouraged to bring their works-in-progress to share with other members. Members have a choice to participate in a critique of their work or not have a critique. We encourage members to participate in the critique. There are a lot of experienced and professional artists at the meetings that share their techniques and advice. A non-enforceable fine of $1 is levied agains members that do not bring art for show.