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 for Black History Month at the new Dayton Metro Library - West Branch. 19 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 February and March with an artist meet n greet session including a special presentation on Saturday February 18th between 3 and 5pm. For more information contact Craig Screven at csreven@hotmail.com or Andrea Cummings at asc2507@yahoo.com. At the conclusion of this engagement the exhibit can be seen next at the Dayton Metro Library - Belmont Branch for the months of April and May, and then on to the Springboro Performing Arts studio during the month of June.


"Reemergence of Renaissance Exhibit"

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On Sunday, January 15 at 2pm, we will have the opening reception in our gallery on the 2nd floor of CSUD. The exhibit will run from Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm, January 11 - February 25, 2023. Our gallery is located at Central State University Dayton, second floor, 840 Germantown Street, Dayton, OH 45402. For more information call Andrea Cummings, Gallery Curator at 1-614-679-4015.


Special Exhibit !!

Black History Month 2023

Black History Month Art Exhibition - A Black History Art Exhibition wil be on display at the Edward A. Dixon Gallery during Black History Month in February 2023. The artwork has a focus on the distinquished military service of Black Americans, cultural figures and other Black History from the 20th century to present. Featured artists include Clifford Darrett, Gregory Degroat, Clarise Moore, Gregory Changa Freeman and Nathan Conner. The Black History Month art exhibition is slated to be open to the public on Thursday, February 2nd and run until February 25th. There will be an public reception and artist talk with light refreshments on Friday, February 17th from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Normal gallery hours are Thursdays 12 - 4 pm, Fridays 12 to 6 pm, Saturdays 12 to 4 pm, open on "First Fridays 12 to 8 pm. For more information, call 937-985-2115

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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