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.


Traveling Art Exhibit

AAVAG's Exposition Through Art - The Artist's Life exhibit opens on April 5 at the Watervliet Dayton Metro Library -1520 Watervliet, Dayton, Ohio 45420. Nineteen professional artists (both new and long-time members) were asked to provide a total of 26 pieces depicting their journey and development as an artist, a showcase of their many artistic talents, a significant person or meaningful event in their lives. As usual, they came through with a wide variety of exciting and thought provoking creations. The exhibit runs through April and May with an artist reception on May 6 from 2 to 4 pm. For more information contact Craig Screven at cscreven@hotmail.com or Andrea Cummings at asc2507@yahoo.com.


"Digital Art World and Presence"

May Through June 2023

Dear Friends and Family of the African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG) - plan to join us and please share this information with your network. During the Months of May, AAVAG welcomes the exhibit of digital art by Craig Screven. Starting on May 1st and ending on June 30 in the AAVAG Gallery at CSUD. Please plan to join us for a reception in his honor on Saturday May 20, 2023, 2 to 4 pm. The program starts at 2pm, ending at 4pm. The AAVAG gallery is located on the 2nd floor of Central State University Dayton, 840 Germantown Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. The reception is free and open to the public, with door prizes and refreshments, and most importantly a chance to meet Craig and ask questions about his artistic ability with Photoshop.


Honoring the Bing Davis Papers

Monday, May 22

4:30 pm Doors Open

University of Dayton Roesch Library

The University of Dayton has been selected as home to Bing's important and influential materials, research, correspondence and photographs. It will be available to the Dayton community, future students and social activist leaders from around the world. Try to join us for this special event to commemorate Bing's gift and the significance of his life's work to the Dayton, African American, and artistic communities. Parking will be available in B Lot off East Stewart Street and Zehler Avenue For questions or to request special accomodations, please contact Terri Brogan at events@udayton.edu or call 937-229-2912. Please RSVP by May 15 to events@udayton.edu or call 937-229-2912.

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 937-212-2201 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

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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