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University of Dayton Galleries

2020-2021 Exhibitions

Read about our gallery exhibitions of the 2020-2021 academic year:


March 4 – April 1, 2021

CLAY:BODY presents a short term experimental project featuring emerging transdisciplinary artists Da’Niro Elle Brown and Jesse James Thompson, both originally from Dayton, Ohio - now based in NYC. Both artists are former students of potter and Curator Geno Luketic. He invited them, as creative peers, to share their current practices and collaboratively produce an exhibition searching for the intersection of clay and body. The organizational framework of the project is borrowed from the practice of devised theatre where performance is born from improvisation and collaboration. CLAY:BODY is made possible through support from Montgomery County, Culture Works, The Blue House Arts, and the Front Street Global Artist Initiative.

About the Artists:

Da’Niro Elle Brown (she/her/hers) is a transdisciplinary artist and filmmaker that uses the body as the main material in her work. With an artistic foundation set in film, movement, and sculpture, Da’Niro Elle’s work often takes form as large scale multimedia projects. Da’Niro Elle’s artistic practice at its root is based in her continued exploration of the human form, starting with her own body and narrative. She received her BFA focused in Film, Sculpture, & Performance from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Da’Niro Elle has shown work recently at The Museum of Modern Art, The Gene Siskle Theater, and Golden Thread Gallery. Currently based in Brooklyn NY.

Jesse James Thompson (he/him/his) is a multidisciplinary artist with a practice grounded in photography, documenting the human form. Jesse received his BA in Visual Arts from the University of Dayton and MFA from New York University. Alongside his artistic practice, Jesse also maintains an active modeling career.

Past 2020-2021 Exhibitions

January 21 through February 25, 2020

Zoom Artist Talk on from 1 to 2 p.m., January 22
(Path Points included)

Featuring work by Lani Asuncion

The Department of Art and Design's Radial Gallery is excited to present Duty Free Paradise featuring work from Boston based artist Lani Asuncion at University of Dayton’s Radial Gallery. Duty-Free Paradise is a multimedia exhibition and series of live broadcasted performances that play on the tensions of lived and imagined Hawai'i. Through the lens of eco-tourism, around which the islands’ economy heavily circulates, the work explores the contradictions between perceptions and realities of island life as a constructed paradise, down to the flora and fauna, underwritten by militarism and biopolitics. Piecing together fragments of histories that echo through the old pineapple fields that now grow corn for cattle across the Pacific. Asuncion weaves together the personal narrative of growing up in Waipahu, Oahu, with the global histories of colonization and annexation, experience of Filipinx diasporas and migration, plantation labor and land ownership regimes. As a curation and reinterpretation of objects and ephemera associated with Hawai'i in specific cultural moments, the work is also a translation of a visual language that uncovers surprising connections across geographies and time. In conjunction with live performance, Asuncion uses video to bring different eras into one timeline to be experienced and questioned. Duty Free Paradise is made possible through support from Montgomery County, Culture Works, The Blue House Arts, and the Front Street Global Artist Initiative.

Lani Asuncion will be giving an artist talk  from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday January 21 via Zoom. PATH points are available to students. Registration will be required via AVIATE and limited to University of Dayton students, faculty and staff.

Press Release (pdf) >

About the Artist >

About Montgomery County >

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About Blue House Arts >

About Front Street Global Artist Initiative >

Gallery Information


Visitors may obtain a parking pass from the parking attendant at the main entrance of Fitz Hall. 


Monday through Thursday 9 - 4 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


The University of Dayton Radial Gallery is located in the Department of Art and Design on the second floor of Fitz Hall across from the main office of the department. Due to COVID-19 restrictions all visitors are required to wear masks and social distance at all times. No more than 10 people are allowed in the gallery at any given time. Visitors may obtain a parking pass from the parking attendant at the main entrance of Fitz Hall.


For additional information contact University of Dayton Galleries Coordinator, Nicholaus Arnold at 937-229-3204 or


Department of Art and Design

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2923