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.

Calendar cover: "Creatively Thinking" by Craig Screven


"Art In the City"

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On Saturday, August 6,2022, 1 to 7pm, please come and enjoy a free workshop at the city of Dayton's annual "Art in the City" festivities. AAVAG will have a paper collage workshop that will be facilitated by Yvette Dalton and David Redmon. Participants should be 11 years old or older. Festivities start at 11 am, but AAVAG's workshop will run from 1 pm to 7 pm. For more information, call Craig Screven at 1-937-597-9074.


"Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 - 1906): A Tribute Exhibit

(June 18 September 4, 2022)

Dayton Art Institute - Gallery 118.

Dayton, Ohio, was home to the acclaimed American poet, novelist and lyricist Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872-February 9, 1906). He was born and died in Dayton, and he spent most of his life here, where he became the first African American who was able to support himself with his writing, as well as being the first African American poet to receive an international reputation. Not surprisingly, his lauded accomplishments and the continued appreciation of his writings are a point of significant civic pride among those who live in Dayton today. This Focus Exhibition showcases artists’ responses to Dunbar, his life and work. It is part of the Dayton and state-wide “Dunbar150 Project,” through which multiple organizations will help shine a light on Dunbar’s literary contributions and help tell the story of his life and legacy. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906): A Tribute, is free to Dayton Art Institute members and included in museum general admission for non-members. Museum general admission also includes access to the collection galleries, as well as all other current Focus and Special Exhibitions.

Wednesday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday: Noon-5 p.m. The museum is currently closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.

Image above: Darin Darby (Lives in Detroit, Michigan), The Colors In A Poet (detail), 2022, Laypuzzim – Mat board. Courtesy of the artist. This exhibit features artwork by African American Visual Artists Guild members.

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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