The Dayton Art Institute. LYNN HULSEY/STAFF
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BEST OF DAYTON 2018: Dayton Art Institute a BIG winner in its BIGGEST year

One of this year’s biggest Best of Dayton winners has a pretty big reason to celebrate.

The Dayton Art Institute is marking 100 years in 2019. 

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“This is a big year. 2019 is the centennial of the founding of the museum in Dayton, so there is a lot that is going to be happening this year,” Dayton Art Institute director and CEO Michael R. Roediger told us during the Best of Dayton Reveal radio program that aired earlier this month on WHIO radio. “We’ll be kicking off the year with 100 happenings throughout 2019, including some community days and extra-special exhibitions. All of the galleries are being renovated. It’s going to be a special year. We hope the community comes out and is a part of it.”

The original museum opened in 1919 in a house at the corner of Monument and St. Clair Streets. The museum opened in its current location in 1930.

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Best of Dayton 2018 winner

The Art Institute had seven Best of Dayton wins, with first-place honors in Best Art Gallery, Best Festival (Oktoberfest), Best Gala (ArtBall) and Best Wedding Venue.

The Art Institute also won second place in Best Dayton Landmark, Best Museum and Best View of Dayton.

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Here’s a closer look at each of the categories:

1st place wins

BEST ART GALLERY

WINNER: Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Front Street Studio Gallery

1001 E. 2nd St. Bldg 100, Dayton |  Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Rosewood Arts Centre

2655 Olson Drive, Kettering | Facebook

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Some of the action at the Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED/FILE
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BEST FESTIVAL

WINNER: Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest

456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Celtic Festival

237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Yellow Springs Street Fair

Downtown Yellow Springs | WebsiteFacebook 

Guests enjoy the evening in an outdoor area at the 61st annual Dayton Art Institute Art Ball held June 8, 2018. E.L. HUBBARD / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
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BEST GALA

WINNER: Dayton Art Institute Art Ball 

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton | Website 

SECOND PLACE: Masquerage

Website 

THIRD PLACE: Humane Society's Pet Afflaire

Humane Society address: 1661 Nicholas Road, Dayton | Website 

BEST WEDDING VENUE

WINNER: Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton  WebsiteFacebook  

SECOND PLACE: Top of the Market

32 Webster St., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Canopy Creek Farm

600 Benner Road, Miamisburg  WebsiteFacebook 

2nd place wins

BEST MUSEUM

WINNER: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton | Website | Facebook 

THIRD PLACE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 DeWeese Pkwy., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

BEST DAYTON LANDMARK

WINNER: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base  WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton  WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

118 Woodland Ave., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

BEST VIEW OF DAYTON

WINNER: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

118 Woodland Ave., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: The Dayton Club

40 N. Main St., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

🏆 BEST OF DAYTON 2018 WINNERS

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