Our mission is to serve the arts, artists and community by promoting, developing, empowering and cultivating visual arts and artists.

Strengths and Accomplishments

For over a decade, The African American Visual Artists Guild has been recognized locally as a venue that encourages innovative, thoughtful visual presentations while nurturing emerging talent.  Since its inception, AAVAG has been a leading proponent of prominent African American Artists such as “Bing” Davis, Dr. Lois Fortson, Dwayne Daniel, Craig Screven, Clifford Darrett, Betty Bolton and Abner Cope and other prosperous and talented artist from the Dayton and surrounding areas.  Almost all of the artists in the organization have won numerous of awards locally and nationally.  In 2008, Mr. Curtis Barnes Sr. received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Arts Council and Mr. Willis “Bing” Davis received the Irma Lazarus Award, which is the Governor’s Award for the Ohio Arts Council.

Community Involvement

The African American Visual Artists Guild stands on the premise that fine art should be available to the novice as well as the seasoned collector.  The Guild prides itself on its continuous involvement in the community by offering an extensive source of educational enrichment courses and activities such as: workshops, open studio, presentations, seminars, lectures, demonstrations and technical assistance to inspiring artists.  These services are available because of its unique partnership with the Willis “Bing” Davis Studio and the EbonNia Gallery.

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African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG)

840 Germantown Street

Dayton, Ohio 45402


Our Gallery Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4:30 pm

Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Saturdays Closed June and July

To Contact Webmaster

Contact: Clifford Darrett

5100 Retford Drive

Dayton, Ohio 45417