The Dayton Visual Arts Center will be renamed The Contemporary Dayton, a first step in the process of positioning itself as a contemporary arts center.

‘A rich and varied visual experience’: New exhibition opens at The Contemporary Dayton

A new exhibition at The Contemporary Dayton highlights paintings and sculptures by two artists.

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There, There: John Dickinson & Shona Macdonald, opens today and continues through June 15. 

"Sky on Ground #17" by artist Shona Macdonald

“A playful look at the ordinary, There, There brings together two artists whose work embodies both process and post-process (found) sensibilities that deftly hold the viewers’ attention while creating a rich and varied visual experience,” according to a release. 

Shona Macdonald’s work represents a sense of the everyday. Within puddles, the fragmented sky, clouds, buildings and trees, invert and reveal as mysterious, melancholic after effect that we take for granted without giving it a second thought. 

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John Dickinson’s work engages issues of scale, representation, and materiality to explore how object and image relate. He is interested in how the experience of an object as an object differs from the experience of an object as an image, and where this capacity for competing experiences resides. 

"Resting T (O Variant)' by artist John Dickinson

A gallery talk will be held Thursday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to all. 

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On Saturday, May 18, at noon visitors can create molds with John Dickinson. Registration can be found at 

The Contemporary is located at 118 N. Jefferson St. in Dayton. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday. 

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