Scratchpad Workshop Project

The "Annual Art Day" workshops of September 2019 featured a workshop facilitated by artist James Pate. Each participate in the workshop was given a scratchpad tile with a unique design that had to be scratched out. At the end of the day each one of those tiles was laid out together to make a final image. We have finally put those tiles together and the artwork is hanging in our office space at CSUD. Many of the participants were from the Wesleyan Center, hanging beside the artwork is the picture of the workshop participants with James Pate.


United Way Exhibit and Fundraiser

The United Way of Dayton and Green County and The African American Visual Artists Guild presented an open public exhibit and fundraiser - virtual auction to raise money for the United Way. The open public exhibit ran from September 22 - October 9, 2020 at the EbonNia Gallery, 1135 West Third Street in Dayton. AAVAG members exhibiting and donating artwork; Morris Howard, Andrea Walker-Cummings, Clifford Darrett, Craig Screven, Simeon Oyeyemi, Willis "Bing" Davis and Horace Dozier Sr.

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Art In the City

August 7 (Saturday) 11 am to 7 pm

The African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG)once again participated in Art in the City. Funds provided by the Downtown Dayton Partnership were awarded for AAVAG to conduct a workshop allowing visitors to select materials to create notecards for their entertainment and use. The workshop was similar to one conducted in March of this year by AAVAG on zoom during National Woman's Month. AAVAG's tent and tables were located on Courthouse Square. AAVAG artists Debra Richardson-Wood, Craig Screven, and Andrea Walker Cummings facilitated the workshop, providing hands-on guidance where needed. Cards were created from pre-selected plain and printed papers, colorful metallic/foil papers, and a variety of embellishments for all occasions.

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St. Margaret's Summer Camp Art Winners

Art awards were presented to 6 children from St. Margaret's Art summer Camp. The six were given $50 gift cards to be used at United Arts Educators store in Centerville. The awards were presented by AAVAG's Program Development Committee, to fullfil it's obligation to help emerging artists from it's Expo exhibits each year. The awards were not given last year because of the coronovirus.

The award winners were: "Most Compassionate" - Alexandria Rocquemore, "Most Creative" - Kierra Myers, "Most Enthusiastic" - A’Niyah Nichols, "Most Inclusive" - Gabby Rucker, "Most Respectful" - Alyssa Nalls, "Most Responsible" - Alex Easterling.


In Praise of Dunbar: Yesterday and Today

An African American Visual Voices Art Exhibit

February 12 - March 31, 2023
EbonNia Gallery, 1135 W. Third Street, Dayton Ohio 45402
Artists Reception, Sunday, February 26, 2023 * 2 to 4 pm

Features the artwork of 18 local artists that were invited to submit artwork that is derived from some of Paul Laurence Dunbar's literary works. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Friday 11 am to 5 pm or by appointment. For more information call 937-223-2290. Email:

Participating artists are: Abner Cope, Andrea Walker-Cummings, Willis Davis, Clifford Darrett, Craig Screven, Derrick Davis, Dwayne Daniel, Erin Smith-Glenn, Greg DeGroat, Greg Freeman, Horace Dozier Sr., James Pate, Kevin Harris, Lois Fortson-Kirk, Morris Howard, Reginald Harmon, Ronald Duckett, Yvette Walker-Dalton.


Dayton African American Culture Festival

AAVAG Art Exhibition

Saturday, August 21, 2021

AAVAG managed the DAACF Art Exhibit again this year. The theme for this year's exhibit was "African American Life" art was accepted on August 14, 2021 from 12 noon to 2 pm at the UHaul on East Third Street, A building, "B" dock. The art was juried, there was no awards and the artwork was accepted from AAVAG members and invited non-AAVAG members.

We also had a merchandise tent where we sold Art related goods, with 20% of sales going to AAVAG. Again this year we had the requested adornment workshop for festival goers.

We were awarded an Ohio Arts Council "Building Cultural Diversity" Grant for this event. Click the logo below to learn more about this grant

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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

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