The Contemporary Dayton announces two-year series celebrating female artists

The Contemporary Dayton has announced a series of art shows celebrating female artists.

Still SHE Creates will span two years and is designed to spotlight the work of female artists living and working with contemporary art themes in the Midwest, according to a release.

With Devotion will kick off the series on Friday, Jan. 17.

Artists Heather Jones of Dayton, Jennifer Omaitz of Kent and Alison Jardine and Paige Williams of Cincinnati work with a range of diverse materials and surfaces, including fabric, cast concrete, polypropylene, traditional oil and acrylic, casein and marble dust. The artists all share a common love for surface, edge and touch.

A free gallery talk followed by an opening reception for With Devotion will be held Friday, Jan. 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Co will also host an art-making workshop with With Devotion exhibiting Artist Alison Jardine, Jan. 25, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at The Co., 118 N. Jefferson St.

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Mychaelyn Michalec: Domestic, on view from May 7 – July 3, is also part of the series.

It will feature the premiere of new, large-scale paintings and hooked-rug wall-hangings, some 7 feet tall. Using family life as a reference, Michalec covertly uses her phone’s camera to capture relationships with each other and daily life, in moments of both simultaneous disconnect and connection.

Women Working in Time, on view Sept. 3-Nov. 6, 2021, is curated by Tess Cortés of Dayton.

The exhibition will feature three artists, Kristin Reeves of Kentucky, Heidi Kumao of Michigan and Claudia Esslinger of Ohio, whose time-based, sculptural and installation works are defined by physical and temporal dimensions and limitations.

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