Welcome to the African American Visual Artists Guild!

Expanding the visual arts rainbow in the Miami Valley

The African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG), of Dayton, Ohio, was born out of the need to express visually the African American experience through a wide range of styles and subject matter using many diverse approaches and materials with a focus on communicating the artist's own spirituality.

This organization shall not discriminate against any employee or applicant for membership or employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation or disability, and shall take such affirmative action as necessary to ensure that applicants are employed or become members and are treated equally during employment or membership.


The Commemorative 24 month Calendar representing artwork by the Artist's Life Expo Art Exhibit

Will be on sale at the following places and times:

They make great Christmas gifts. The two year fund-raising calendars are $20 and shipping costs is $5.

You can order wiith credit card from our "Donate" page on this website, use the "Buy Now" button and they will be shipped to you.

You can also walk-in to Central State University Dayton branch, 840 Germantown Street, Dayton 45402 on Wednesdays, 10 am-12 noon, 1st floor conference room and purchase from our Program Development Committee.


"Springfield Museum of Art"

Black Life As Subject Matter II

On Saturday October 23rd, the Black Lives Matter II exhibit, curated by Willis Bing Davis, celebrated its opening at the Springfield Museum of Art. More than 200 people were in attendance including several of the included artists from AAVAG in the Dayton area and a few from the expanded areas of artist participation i.e., Springfield, Toledo, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. It is anticipated that after February 2022 that the exhibit will move to the Riffe Center in Columbus with potentially more artists added to the already stellar group of artist participants.


"The Artist's Life Expo" Exhibit

Traveling Art Exhibit of AAVAG

The AAVAG Program Development Committee is pleased to announce its 3rd project of the Exposition Through Art Program - The Artist's Life. The front cover for the associated 24-month calendar appears with this notice. The current announcement, prior to the official flyer, is that the opening reception will be held on Saturday, December 4th from 2 to 4 pm in our 2nd floor gallery at CSU Dayton 840 Germantown Street. The exhibit will run from November 3, 2021 through the end of January 2022 (but closed for the Christmas holiday starting on December 18th). Regular viewing hours are Monday thru Thursday 9A to 4P. Additionally, on Saturday, January 22nd, 2022, instead of a closing reception, we are going to have a drawing session in the gallery led by Morris Howard - supplies will be provided. For Active AAVAG members there will be no charge for the workshop; the cost for associate members will be $5 and for non-members $10.

Open Studio drawing and painting sessions!
We are scheduling painting and drawing sessions, that will be open to the public; check this page daily for date, place and time.
Our Monthly Meetings

We meet the last Saturday of the month, 2 pm to 4 pm at Central State University Dayton at 840 Germantown Street 45402, except for July and Thanksgiving and Christmas. Meetings could be live or by Zoom because of coronavirus restrictions, Call 937-263-9907 for meeting place before last Saturday of each month.

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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

Wednesday: 6pm-8pm

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

To Contact Webmaster

Contact: Clifford Darrett

5100 Retford Drive

Dayton, Ohio 45417


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