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:

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.

On Monday, April 18th, between 5pm - 7 pm there will be scheduled an artist meet and greet session at Grace United Methodist Church, 1001 Harvard Blvd, 45406. The exhibit runs from April 3 to May 15, 2022 and exhibit hours are: Mon - Fri, 9 am to 3 pm, Saturday - Closed, Sunday 9 am to 1 pm.


"Celebrating Our 30th year Anniversary at the Dayton Art Institute"

Join Us!

The DAI, in cooperation with the Dayton-based African American Visual Artists Guild, is proud to present this one-of-a-kind exhibition that features works of painting, fiber art, photography, drawing, digital art, sculpture and printmaking. This national juried exhibition of more than 80 works from 44 artists will be on view to the public February 26—May 22, 2022. The Dayton Art Institue is closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday , it is open Thursday -11 am-8pm,Friday 11 am-5 pm, Saturday 11 am-5 pm and Sunday noon -5 pm. Winners named are:"Best of Show"- Ayo's Chair II, James Pate (Dayton, OH), 1st place 2D-"Affordable Education", Bryane Broadie (Springdale MD), 2nd Place 2D-"Art of Vigilante", Derrick Carter (Indianapolis IN), 1st Place 3D -"Banner of Ihlubuka", Onzie Norman (Wixom MI)/Darin Darby (Romulus, MI) , 2nd Place 3D -Harriette Meriwether (Pittsburgh PA), "Essence of Jazz". Masks and other Dayton Art Institute and CDC guidelines will be followed. A AVAG will be celebrating our 30th years of existence in Dayton, with an abundance of talented artists and guests who flow with spoken words, ballroom and salsa dancing and other favorites. Special talents and treats will include AAVAG's must see 7th Annual National Juried exhibition. Additionally, you will discover and be fascinated by the awesome sounds of live bands, DJs and steel drums performances. There will also be lite bite hors d'oeuvres stations and C.O.D. bar are part of the festivities. Tickets for the April 23 fundraising event can be purchased online at this link to Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aavag-30th-anniversary-celebration-of-art-cultural-rhythms-tickets-315057193547?aff=ebdssbdestsearch or you can contact any AAVAG member or call Cato Mayberry at 937-903-2795.
Catalogs of this exhibit are for sale at $25 each, if shipped - shipping and handling will be $8 for each. Catalogs can be purchased here in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 noon at Central State University Dayton, 840 Germantown Street, Dayton 45402, first floor conference room. You can also Call Craig Screven at 937-597-9074 and give him your order,and pay with Cash App or mail your order to African American Visual Artists Guild, 840 Germantown Street, Dayton, OH 45402 with a check or money order. You can also purchase a BHTVR catalog on our "Donate" page with PayPal or credit card. Notate on your order that "this order is for a BHTVR catalog" -your catalog will be shipped to you.

This exhibition was made possible by a Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District Special Projects Grant administered by Culture Works



"Just Another Course To Quietly Understanding the Endurance of Loving You Now" Exhibit

(The Jacquelyn Paintings Series)

The African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG) welcomes member Janyce Glasper to it's art gallery located on the 2nd floor of Central State University's Dayton location at 840 Germantown Street, Dayton, Ohio. The exhibit, free to the public, runs from April 6 to May 27, 2022. Regular viewing hours are Monday through Thursday, 9AM to 5PM. A reception in Janyce's honor will be on Saturday, May 7, 2022, 2 to 4 pm. The reception gives you the opportunity to not only view the exhibit but speak with the artist herself. Prepackaged refreshments, masks, and other CSU and CDC guidelines will be followed.

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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