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$20.00 USD



The Dayton Society of Artists (DSA) is pleased to present ILLUMINATE, a regional call for lens-based artwork. All artists, 18 years or older and living or working in Ohio, Indiana, or Kentucky are eligible for entry. Each piece must, be lens-based (including but not limited to photography, computer edited photos, video, etc.) but may have other mediums or techniques incorporated into the work. Traditional and non-traditional approaches are welcome, and the medium may be interpreted broadly. Art should fit into the theme, Illuminate. Amy Powell and Gary Beeber will jury the entries and $1000 will be awarded in prizes. Support for this exhibition is provided by FotoFocus. 

Submit At: daytondsa.org/calls by August 2, 2020

Contengency Plan: The DSA greatly hopes and anticipates that their High Street Gallery will be open to the public by the time art delivery/drop off is required, but in the case of continued social distancing or continued closure, the DSA will hold the exhibition, Illuminate, virtually as some of their other 2020 shows. 


Submissions Due:   Sunday, August 2, 2020 by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time

Notification of Jury Results:  August 11

Delivery of Art - in Person:   Tues, August 25, 11–5 & Wed, August 26, 3–8pm
Delivery of Shipped Art:  Tues, August 25 & Wed, August 26

Reception:   Fri, September 4, 6-9 PM 

Exhibition Dates:   Fri, September 4 – Saturday, October 31

Pick-up Dates - in Person:   Mon, November 2, 3–8 & Tues, November 3, 11–5pm

Return of Shipped Art:  Shipped out the week of November 2


Dayton Society of Artists: The DSA is a non-profit, member-based organization. It was founded in 1938 and acquired a Victorian house in the 1960s, which was converted into a gallery. The DSA’s mission is to “connect, support, and educate artists and the community.” The DSA hosts various workshops and events throughout the year to fulfill its mission as well as hosts a variety of exhibitions. For more information, visit daytondsa.org.

Illuminate: The theme, illuminate, explores not only how light is necessary for viewing an object or scene, but also how light brings to view the physical that may have been passed over or unexplored. In addition, the theme delves into intangibles such as mood, ideas, concepts, issues or other topics that may need to be brought to light.

FotoFocus Biennial: Now canceled due to COVID-19, The FotoFocus Biennial, activates over 100 museums, galleries, universities, and public spaces throughout Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio. Each Biennial is structured around a unifying theme; for 2020 that theme, light&, explores light and its contrasts in relation to photography and lens-based art, and the world at large. FotoFocus welcomes global artists, curators, critics, educators, and regional visitors to Cincinnati with exhibitions, talks, performances, screenings, and panel discussions during a concentrated week of programming.



Gary Beeber is an award-winning American photographer/filmmaker who has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe. His documentary films have screened at over 75 film festivals. Solo (photography) exhibitions include two at Generous Miracles Gallery (NYC), the Griffin Museum of Photography, and an upcoming exhibition at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts which will travel to several cities. Beeber’s work has also been included in juried exhibitions throughout the world. Among Fortune 500 companies who collect his work are Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Goldman Sachs and Chase Bank.

Amy Powell is an internationally exhibited artist and has had her photography featured with TIME Lightbox and the Huffington Post along with a variety of other publications. She received her MFA from Ohio State University.


$20 for the first image and $5/each additional image for up to 5 images total. (1 image: $20, 2 images: $25, 3 images: 30, 4 images: $35, 5 images: $40)



  • Artists must be 18 years of age or older and live and/or work in Ohio, Indiana, or Kentucky.
  • Art must be professionally presented and ready to hang with wiring on the back, be displayed on a pedestal (maximum footprint of 15” x 20”), or sit on the floor. High Street Gallery uses a hook and rod system due to their plaster and lathe walls. For details visit: daytondsa.org/exhibitors. DSA is open to innovative installation solutions, but they must be pre-approved. 
  • 2D Art must not be larger than 48” wide x 60”tall or more than 30 pounds.
  • DSA has two flat screen TVs and one projector for use. Any digital submissions must provide all additional hardware and software.
  • Artwork must not have been exhibited before at the Dayton Society of Artists
  • Artwork may not be picked up before the close of the show
  • Submit up to five (5) lens-based works. These works must be finished new work or work made within the last five years. Object details are required for each work submitted: Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions, Sale price (or insurance price if “Not For Sales”).
  • All applications submitted will be considered final and treated as such. Applicants will not be permitted to add to or edit an application once it has been submitted. All incomplete or duplicate applications will be immediately disqualified.

Artists must cover the cost to transport artwork to and from the gallery. All work selected for the exhibition must arrive ready to install. Works not gallery-ready, or not exhibiting good craftsmanship, may be omitted from the exhibit. Accepted work that differs significantly from the submitted images, or suffers from poor presentation, will be disqualified. Works must be hand delivered or shipped. Shipped works must be sent in reusable packaging. Works will be returned in the same manner as received or via FEDEX/UPS/USPS. Exhibited work will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. Works not claimed within 30 days of the end of the exhibit will become the property of the DSA

Shipped Works: must arrive Tues, August 25 or Wed, August 26, 2020. Please contact us if you have special delivery needs outside of designated delivery times.

Ship To: 

Dayton Society of Artists
48 High Street
Dayton, OH 45403

In-Person Delivery

Artists may hand deliver work to the DSA Tues, August 25, 11–5 & Wed, August 26, 3–8pm. 

Return of Artwork
In person Pick up: Mon, November 2, 3–8 & Tues, November 3, 11–5pm
Shipped works: will be shipped out the week of November 2.


  • The DSA has fine art insurance for work physically inside the gallery. Artists maintain responsibility of insuring work during shipment and travel. Damage caused by the failure of the work itself is not covered. If work has an insurance price of over $500 then any insurance claim must be accompanied by documentation of past sales and/or a professional 3rd party appraisal.
  • Please note: The DSA does not have climate control in its galleries.
  • DSA takes NO COMMISSION on sales but requires a 4% free for all credit card sales. Please price work accordingly or as “Not for Sale.” Donations are always appreciated and help support future programming.

Submitting the entry form indicates that you agree with the conditions of entry and exhibit as outlined in these guidelines, and that you agree to make your work available and will ship/deliver it to the gallery should it be selected for exhibit. DSA may use submitted artwork in marketing materials.

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