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University of Dayton Galleries

Mission Statement

The primary mission of University of Dayton's Galleries is to provide space for the University of Dayton community of artists to experiment, develop, and implement new ideas while gaining educational gallery experience in professional standards and practices; curating, organizing and executing exhibitions with open engagement with the public. The University of Dayton Galleries will support exhibitions that develop from advanced and beginning student coursework to Alumni and Faculty projects, as well as supporting a robust program of visiting artists. The gallery space serves as a site for experiments in performative art, collaborative installation work, and interdisciplinary visual research. University of Dayton's Galleries are an active showcase of what is happening in the world of visual art, the Department of Art and Design and our interactions with the community at large.


Radial Gallery

Current Exhibiton: Rhythms of Containment by The Senior Class

November 9 – December 6, 2022


Rhythms of Containment will present a number of UD senior’s work that they have created around the concept of memories and time. You will see a variety of artwork such as digital and physical pieces made by Graphic Design, Fine Arts, and Art Education students. The show will be held at University of Dayton’s Radial Gallery, which is located on the second floor of Fitz Hall in the Department of Art and Design. This annual event offers one of a kind art in a variety of mediums such as paintings, sculptures, ceramics, digital designs, and other three-dimensional designs. Honor the hard work of this senior curated show by interacting with the artists and art present within this gallery space!


ADDRESS1529 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409 Second Floor of Fitz Hall

Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Index Gallery

Upcoming Exhibition: Dessert in the Desert: Oh you think it’s sweet?

December 2nd - January 20th 2023

Reception: December 2nd 6–9pm

Join our 6th University of Dayton student-organized art auction, can drive, dinner experience and art exhibition to benefit Unified Power and Gem City Market! Dessert in the Desert: Oh, you think it’s sweet? will take place on December 2nd from 6-9pm at The Hub located in the historic Dayton Arcade. An array of soups will be served for our Empty Bowls initiative, new student photographic works will be available for purchase, and small editioned prints will be gifted to those who donate a non-perishable food item to Food4Flyers, a program of the University of Dayton’s Brook Center.

For this year’s event, students from multiple majors have partnered to investigate troubling legacies around the production and consumption of cane sugar. We will celebrate sweetness through locally-sourced desserts and a diverse sweets menu
curated by UD dietetics student Christina Green in consultation with London Coe of Peace on Fifth. However, our art objects, designs, and experiences also reveal chattel slavery, human trafficking, environmental degradation, and systemic inequities resulting from colonization, industrial development, political policies and corporate practices. These harmful facts and histories will converge with hopeful artworks within Index Gallery’s Dessert Desert Pharmacy, where guests can learn from our instructive candies and informed “pharmacists.”

In our Soup Kitchen, guests may purchase a custom ceramic bowl to enjoy fare from local restaurants, with all proceeds to benefit Unified Power, a Dayton organization focusing on Black businesses and enterprises to “create community pride and self-sustainability through a holistic approach.” Drink purchases will benefit Latinos Unidos, non-profit organization created to ensure Latinos feel welcome and are able to fairly and equitably integrate into society. An art auction will offer creative student photography to benefit an ongoing Desert Kitchen Coalition fund to support Gem City Market art and design needs. All food waste will be composted by The Dayton Foodbank with the help of the University of Dayton’s sustainability student leaders, who are designing a zero waste event.


ADDRESS: 31 South Main Street Dayton Ohio 45402 in The Hub by PNC Bank.

Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.




Nicholaus Arnold: Galleries Coordinator

Fitz Hall
1529 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409