Daytonian of the Week: Eva Buttacavoli

  • Vivienne Machi, Staff Writer
6:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2016 What To Love
Eva Buttacavoli is the Executive Director of Dayton Visual Arts Center. (TY GREENLEES/STAFF)

If you ask Eva Buttacavoli how she ended up in Dayton, she might just tell you she was charmed into it.

Buttacavoli, who has lived in Brooklyn, New York; Miami, Florida and Austin, Texas, was convinced by her husband to move to his hometown seven years ago.

She stepped in as executive director of Dayton Visual Arts Center in 2011 – a time she describes as tumultuous for Dayton’s art scene. Now, Buttacavoli said she is optimistic about DVAC’s immediate future, which includes an inaugural event later this year and a partnership with

Here, meet Eva Buttacavoli, our Daytonian of the week.

Can you briefly describe a couple of upcoming DVAC events or exhibitions in 2016 that you’re excited for?
Eva Buttacavoli: I am most excited right now about our inaugural CSA — Community Supported Art project.

1.) We are empowering artists with the freedom and the funds to create NEW WORK. That’s a deep commitment to our creatives – it sends a strong signal, unlike any other vote of confidence going on in the area right now, to young grads, mid-career-just-moved-back and mature artists – that they are valued.

2.) We’re inviting people to purchase shares to invest back into these artists and to DVAC — AND they receive 6 fresh, original, signed works of art at our inaugural Harvest Party August 9 at Dayton Beer Company. More info and shares available at

What inspires you about Dayton?
Eva Buttacavoli: My husband. And Mayor Whaley. And Ken Neufeld. And WYSO. And the people I work with.

Can you describe your new collaboration/upcoming feature writing with
Eva Buttacavoli: I’m thrilled to launch this thing that will be the written manifestation of how I've talked about art for years—you know the theory that we are all connected by no more than six links? Well, it applies quite well to art, so I’m going to have fun with it by starting with an art flashpoint and connecting it to our lives in the Miami Valley.

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