Dayton Art Institute announces 2022 exhibitions



Dayton Art Institute announces 2022 exhibition schedule

The Dayton Art Institute (DAI) is delighted to announce a diverse range of exhibits for 2022, highlighted by the special exhibit Black heritage through visual rhythms and the Focus exhibition Van Gogh and European landscapes, as well as several other exhibitions exclusive to DAI.

“The 2022 exhibitions will be memorable and enjoyable,” said Jerry N. Smith, chief curator and director of education at DAI. “We will showcase work by living artists from across the country, celebrate how curatorial helps us preserve the many treasures in our exceptional collection, and feature one of the most intriguing photographers working today.” We’ll also be bringing a pair of remarkable Vincent van Gogh paintings to Dayton, along with a host of other offerings. ”


DAI will once again present three major special exhibitions in 2022

Special exhibitions season kicks off in February, with DAI exclusivity Black heritage through visual rhythms, on view from February 26 to May 22. Presented in collaboration with Dayton’s own African American Visual Artists Guild, this juried exhibition will feature exceptional contemporary art works by African-American artists from across the United States. This will be the seventh annual presentation of Black heritage through visual rhythms and his first time being hosted at DAI. The exhibition’s Best in Show winner will be featured in a Focus 2023 exhibit at DAI.

Image Credit: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms – Don Coulter – The Seventies Groove, 2020 – Mixed media (leather, suede, denim, synthetic hair, wood, various fabrics) 36 “x 48” x 2 “Courtesy of the artist

A close examination of how conservation protects works of art for future generations will be the subject of DAI’s summer exhibition, Art for the Ages: Conservation at DAI, from June 25 to September 11. Organized by the Dayton Art Institute, the museum will be the exclusive venue for this exhibition. Showcasing rarely-exhibited works, as well as favorites seen in a new light, it includes examples from a variety of periods, cultures and materials.

The 2022 special exhibitions season ends in the fall with American Myth and Memory: The Photographs of David Levinthal, presented from October 15, 2022 to January 15, 2023. This traveling exhibition, organized by the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, brings together highlights from Levinthal’s fascinating toy photographs to examine American stories.


DAI’s Focus range of exhibits features a series of smaller and more intimate exhibits, based on a variety of themes.

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Field with Wheat Stacks (Field with Stacks of Grain), 1890, oil on canvas.  Beyeler Foundation, Riehen / Basel, Beyeler Collection.  Photo: Robert BayerThe Focus 2022 exhibition season will be marked by the work of the world’s most famous artist, Vincent van Gogh. In Van Gogh and European landscapes, exhibited from March 5 to September 4, a remarkable pair of paintings by Van Gogh, on loan to the DAI, will be at the center of this look at European landscape painting.

Image credit: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Field with Wheat Stacks (Field with Stacks of Cereals), 1890, oil on canvas. Beyeler Foundation, Riehen / Basel, Beyeler Collection. Photo: Robert Bayer

Other planned targeted exposures include:

Fired Imagination: Ancient Chinese Ceramics from the Nancy and Ed Rosenthal Family Collection, presented from February 5 to July 24, presents a private collection of ceramics, ranging from figures to vessels and spanning more than 3,000 years of Chinese history.

Mysteries abound Something unknown, presented from March 12 to June 5, an exhibition of photographs and works on paper in which details about the work, such as the identity of the artist, subject, location, etc., are unknown to the Museum. Maybe you can help DAI solve a mystery!

Netsuke and the art of little wonders, on view from August 27, 2022 to February 12, 2023, presents netsuke, which are delicately carved personal accessories that depict subjects of popular culture – such as heroes, monsters, and folk tales – in Japan during the Edo period (1615-1868).

Further targeted exhibitions will be announced in the new year.

“Our team of curators have assembled an exceptional selection of exhibits for 2022,” said Michael R. Roediger, Director and CEO of DAI. “You won’t want to miss any of these events, especially the rare opportunity to see the work of Vincent van Gogh here in Dayton. I encourage you to consider becoming a member of the museum, which gives you free and unlimited entry to the museum, along with many other benefits.



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