Second Saturdays Figure Drawing at the DSA 
Every Second Saturday of the month there is public figure drawing session with a $5 model fee at the DSA, 9:30 AM-Noon.



Trash N’ Treasure

Trash and Treasure is an annual neighborhood sale. Come enjoy the beauty of the Saint Anne’s Hill neighborhood and find some treasures to bring home.

FOR SALE: antique furniture, DSA’s art book collection, original framed prints, paintings by Dennis Towners, painting by Karen Fisher and over 1000 pieces of original artwork by David Smith, and so much more!!!

Proceeds from sales will benefit both The Dayton Art Institute and the Dayton Society of Artists. Proceeds from sales for the Dayton Society of Artists will go to phase II of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) facility upgrade project, which includes new gallery floors, a first-floor bathroom remodel, back entrance updates and maintenance of the Phase 1 Wheelchair Accessible Ramp. If you would like to donate to the Trash n’ Treasure sale email the gallery. The gallery is selling half of our art books to make room for the new Art Tool Library and to support the ADA project.
When: Saturday, June 16, 8 am – 1pm
Where: Dayton Society of Artists, 48 High St, Dayton , OH 45403

Conversation with Artist Mohammed Hanif Esmaty 

World Refugee Day Wednesday, June 20, 7 pm
Join us for a conversation with refugee artist Mohammed Hanif Esmaty on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 pm at the Dayton Society of Artists.
Mohammed Hanif Esmaty is a 56 year old Afghani artist who settled in Dayton with the assistance of the Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley with his wife and four children in the spring of 2017. Mohammed is an accomplished artist who works in both small and large scale painting and pencil sketches. Although most comfortable and passionate about portraiture, his talent is also reflected in his depictions of Afghanistan landscapes and culture. While he is most comfortable working in oils he also is talented is watercolor and pencil.
Mohammed was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He studied art at Kabul University where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He spent 2 additional years studying portraiture art in Russia. An experienced art teacher Mohammed taught art at his brother’s art studio in Kabul to hundreds of private citizens over 30 years.

When: Wednesday, June 20, 7 pm
Where: Dayton Society of Artists, 48 High St, Dayton, OH 45419
RSVP: Free, 35 seats available. To reserve your spot go to DSA’s Eventbrite:

Thursday Artist Salon

Join us for the Third Thursday Artist Salon. This version of Art Lunch is held in the evening on a Thursday of the month and lead by local artists varying in topic led discussions, works in progress critiques, studio visits and the like.
For this Third Thursday Salon we will be visiting the studio of local artist Barb Stork. Artists are invited to bring art for feedback. Limited capacity is 10 people. To attend please email the gallery at
When: Thursday, June 21, 6 – 7:30 PM
Where: Barb Stork’s studio, 40 Louelm Ave, Dayton, OH, 45459, Centerville, OH
RSVP: email to get your spot, Limited capacity, 10 spots available.

Summer Art Movie Series: Art21 with Speaker Laura Jones 

Join us for an enlightening evening with Laura Jones as she shares her experience as a production manager for four years on the Art21, PBS documentary series.  Art21 focuses on visual contemporary art and artists in the twenty-first century and has won the prestigious Peabody Award.  Currently, Laura Jones is a writer and English professor residing in Springboro, Ohio.  *Lawn chairs/ blankets suggested.
When: Friday, June 29, 8 pm
Where: The backyard of the Dayton Society of Artists, 48 High St, Dayton, OH, 45403
*This public television series is not rated.
* Sponsored by Front Street Buildings



Plein Air Painting Group
Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Waynesville Plein Air Competition, Lead Artist: Kevin McNeeley, Aritsts must register to enter, no fees are required:

Professional Development Workshop

How to Use Photoshop to clean up your images
When: Saturday, July 14, 2-3 PM
Where: Dayton Society of Artists
Fee: Free and open to the public
RSVP: Eventbrite. Limited capacity

Egg Tempera Workshop

Instructor James L. Polewchak
More information here soon!
When: Saturday, July 21, 1-5 PM
Where: Dayton Society of Artists
Fee: $80 Includes wood panel, eggs and pigment

Summer Art Movie Series: Basquiat with Speaker Scott Gibbs

Scott Gibbs is a local artist and former assistant to Julian Schnabel at a time when Schnabel was filming the 1996 art movie Basquiat.  The movie is based on the life and art of American neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Come enjoy great company and get a behind the scenes look into Basquiat.  *Lawn chairs suggested.

When: Saturday, July 28, 8 pm
Where: Parking Lot. Front Street Buildings, 1001 E 2nd #1000, Dayton, OH, 45402
*This event is for adults as the movie is rated R.


DSA – Art in the City

The Dayton Society of ARtists is taking over DDML’s Opportunity Space with an interactive exhibition featuring DSA’s permanent collection and artwork by the public. Come make art with us!
When: Friday, August 3, 5-8 pm
Where: Downtown Dayton Metro Library Opportunity Space

Modern Self Portrait Collages

Age: Youth
Inspired by Rosalie Lowry’s Self Portrait we will draw our own self-portraits and then using collage and paint create our own Self Portraits to be installed at the Down Town Dayton Metro Library.  Art can be picked up at the Dayton Society of Artists in September.
When: Wednesday, August 15, 4-6 pm
Where: Downtown Dayton Metro Library
Fees: FREE


Create a Modern Still Life

Inspired by the watercolor Still Lifes of Martha Schauer we will learn drawing and watercolor techniques to create our own modern still lifes Portaits to be installed at the Down Town Dayton Metro Library.  Art can be picked up at the Dayton Society of Artists in September.\
Ages: Youth
When: Thursday, August 23, 4-6 pm
Where: Downtown Dayton Metro Library
Fees: FREE


Summer Art Movie Series: Lust for Life

The 1956 movie Lust for Life is a dramatic biography of the renowned artist Vincent van Gogh. Many know of his struggles with mental illness; however, the movie goes further to describe the artistic process and personal relationships that shaped the iconic work enjoyed today.
When: Thursday, August 16, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown Dayton Metro Library, 215 E 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45402
*This movie is not rated.



Open Studio Program

This is an advanced 4-week open studio course for teenagers.  Students will work with a local Art Professor in order to advance their professional careers and build their art portfolios in the medium of painting and drawing. Ten students are admitted in each 4-week session. Students provide their own materials. * There is a 4 student minimum to run, 10 student cap.

Fees: $72 for each 4-week session.
When:   Tuesdays 6-8 PM, Session 2: July: 2 – 23
Instructor: Session 2  Jeremy Long
Where: Dayton Society of Artists
To Register: