Dayton Art Institute announces details for Art Ball



The Dayton Art Institute will celebrate the 66th anniversary of its black-tie Art Ball gala Saturday, June 10.

“We are excited to welcome guests the 66th anniversary of Art Ball,” said DAI Director & CEO Michael R. Roediger, in a release. “As one of the museum’s largest annual fundraisers, this Dayton classic is vital to supporting the DAI’s operating budget. We are especially pleased to announce Key Private Bank as our new Presenting Sponsor. They have been a generous and consistent partner to the DAI for several years, and we are proud to feature their company in a prominent way for this significant event.

Art Ball Chairs Katie and Russ Joseph have selected “Night Scene,” a painting by Carl Rudolph Krafft, as the artistic feature for this year’s event. Painted circa 1920, the work is in the American Impressionism style and features a full moon rising over the Ozarks.

“After reviewing the DAI’s extensive collection, we chose ‘Night Scene’ because the moonlight and magic in the painting represents the essence of Dayton’s very best black-tie event” said DAI Associate Board members Katie and Russ Joseph. “Our guests will see the artwork’s influence throughout the event, from beautiful décor and exquisite food to the music and atmosphere. We can’t wait to share the magic of the moonlight with Dayton!”



Art Ball, presented by Key Bank, begins at 7 p.m. with cocktails, specialty martinis and hors d’oeuvres, followed by an elegant, seated dinner in the Shaw Gothic Cloister and the Great Hall. Following dinner, guests enjoy live music by local band Velvet Crush, dancing, open bars, select bourbon and more. A 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, for an additional ticket price.

Art Ball traces its roots back to Dayton’s Holiday Ball, which began in 1957. Organized by the Junior League of Dayton, the event was held at the DAI, with proceeds benefitting the museum. The event moved to the spring in 1963 and was rechristened Art Ball. In 1965, the DAI’s newly formed Associate Board took over planning and organizing the gala. More information about Art Ball, its history and this year’s featured artwork can be found online at

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Reservations are required for Art Ball and attendance is limited. Tickets may be purchased online beginning April 5. For more information about reservations and to request an invitation, email interim marketing director Mike Griest at

Art Ball is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor Key Private Bank, Benefactor Sponsor White-Allen Porsche, Patron Sponsors Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty-The Sharp Group, Bladecutters, James Investment Group, The Ohio Skin Center, Pickrel Schaeffer &Ebeling, Square One Salon & Spa, Thompson Hine and WilmerHale, as well as Supporting Sponsors altafiber, Dayton Art Solutions, James Free Jewelers and Knack Video.



Art Ball also includes the 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 from James Free Jewelers and a four-night vacation including airfare to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Ticket holders need not be present at Art Ball to win. Those purchasing three or more raffle tickets receive one free Oktoberfest Preview Party ticket (valued at $75).

Grand Draw Raffle tickets may be purchased online beginning April 5. They may be purchased by phone, at 937-223-4278, or in person at the museum during regular hours. For more information about the Grand Draw Raffle and to purchase tickets online, go to

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

The Dayton Art Institute is located at 456 Belmonte Park North in Dayton.

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