Dayton Art Institute reveals Art Ball details

Popular fundraising gala slated June 11

Dayton Art Institute’s black-tie Art Ball fundraising gala will be held Saturday, June 11. A Dayton tradition since 1957, the festive affair, celebrating its 65th anniversary, returns in-person for the first time since 2019.

“After canceling the 2020 and 2021 events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to welcome guests back to the museum for the 65th anniversary of Art Ball,” said DAI Director & CEO Michael R. Roediger in a release. “As one of the museum’s largest annual fundraisers, returning to an in-person event is vital to supporting the DAI’s operating budget.”

Continuing the long-standing tradition of being themed around an artwork from the DAI collection, the DAI Associate Board has selected a painting from 1957, Ray Parker’s “Summer Afternoon,” as the inspiration for this year’s theme, “Summer Celebration.”

“Through a voting process, the entire Associate Board took part in selecting Parker’s painting as the featured artwork,” Roediger said. “The title and warm colors are a perfect complement to our Summer Celebration theme. It’s also fitting it was painted the same year that first Art Ball began.”

Art Ball begins at 7 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by an elegant, seated dinner in the museum galleries. Following dinner, guests enjoy live music, dancing, open bars, specialty martinis, liqueurs and much more. An extra-cost VIP Cocktail Hour will offer early entry to Art Ball for a private reception at 6:30 p.m., with high-end wines and hors d’oeuvres.

More information about Art Ball, its history and this year’s featured artwork can be found online at

Advance reservations are required for Art Ball and attendance is limited. For more information about reservations and to request an invitation, contact Sponsorship and Special Events Manager Mike Griest, at

Art Ball also includes a Grand Draw Raffle as part of its fundraising efforts. Only 600 tickets will be sold for $100 each, with the chance to win prize packages valued at $1,000–$4,000, including exquisite jewelry items, as well as spa, restaurant, gym, adventure and travel prize packages. Ticket holders need not be present at Art Ball to win. Those purchasing three or more raffle tickets get one free Oktoberfest Preview Party ticket.



Grand Draw Raffle tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 937-223-4278 or in person at the museum during regular hours.

As the Dayton Region continues to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, presenting a safe event for all guests, museum staff and volunteers remains the DAI’s top priority. Based on recent recommendations from Dr. Michael Dohn, Medical Director at Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health, and due to the reduced cases of the virus in the region, the museum has decided not to require masks or vaccination registration to attend Art Ball.

“Having successfully relaunched Oktoberfest last fall with COVID safety measures in place, it is important that we also resume this fundraiser, and do so in a safe and responsible manner,” Roediger said. “Museum leadership has closely followed the scientific data throughout the pandemic and feels it is safe to go forward with a traditional Art Ball. We will continue to watch the virus data and adjust accordingly.”

Visit the museum’s website in the coming weeks for additional information and updates about COVID safety precautions at Art Ball.

For more information about planning a visit to the Dayton Art Institute, including current museum hours, updates and COVID-19 safety protocols, go to or call 937-223-4ART (4278). Connect with the Dayton Art Institute on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for additional information, behind-the-scenes photos and videos, and exclusive offers.

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