Visual Voices 2017
The EbonNia Gallery, in collaboration with Victoria Theatre Association, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Dayton Skyscrapers Art Exhibit project at the Schuster Center. Each year we partner with Shango Center for African-American Art and Culture, and Willis “Bing” Davis, curator of Dayton’s EbonNia Gallery, to display an exhibit of art by local African-American artists. Past themes have included a tribute to Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Dayton’s role in funk music, and “Dayton Skyscrapers,” which celebrate African-American men and women who stand tall as role models in the community.
“DAYTON SKYSCRAPERS is a metaphor for African-American high achievers who have made a mark in their field and role models for inner-city youth in the community,” said Davis. Emerging to mid-career African-American visual artists from the Miami Valley researched prominent African-American skyscrapers living or deceased, wrote an essay about their life and work, and finally featured the skyscraper in an original work-of-art that was displayed in a professional gallery exhibition.
The DAYTON SKYSCRAPERS 10TH ANNIVERSARY was one of the major programs of Shango: Center for the Study of African-American Art and Culture, the non-profit wing of the Davis Art Studio in the Wright Dunbar Historic District. Corporate support was received from the Dayton Power & Light Foundation, Rotary Club of Dayton, Westmont Optimist Club of Dayton, Ohio, Bill Pflaum Family Foundation, and from individuals across the Dayton and Miami Valley area.
The 2017 exhibit was displayed February 6-March 31 at the Schuster Center, during April at DP&L Headquarters in East Dayton, and at the EbonNia Gallery on West Third Street May-July. The exhibit featured drawing, painting, ceramics, photo, mixed media, and sculpture.