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Watercolor painting of Dr. Gary LeRoy by Greg DeGroat

Visual Voices

Each year, Dayton Live partners with Shango: Center for the Study of African American Art and Culture, and Willis “Bing” Davis, exhibit curator and director of EbonNia Gallery, to display an exhibit of art by local African American artists inside the Schuster Center.

Please visit our Visual Voices event page for exhibit hours.

This year’s exhibit, at the Schuster Center January 26-March 31, 2022, is 2022 Dayton Skyscrapers featuring the work of African American visual artists from the Miami Valley. The Dayton Skyscrapers art project is not a celebration of Dayton’s tall buildings or our skyline. Dayton Skyscrapers is a metaphor for those local and regional African Americans who stand tall in our minds and hearts for what they have achieved in their field and their contributions to the quality of life of Dayton and the Miami Valley Region. The Visual Voices 2022 team of Dayton and Miami Valley African American visual artists have selected a core of high-achieving African Americans as Dayton Skyscrapers.

The Dayton Skyscrapers art project is a unique and innovative art, culture and community project created in collaboration with the Dayton Public Schools.


The Dayton Skyscrapers project is designed to:

  • Identify and celebrate local and regional African Americans who have excelled in their field.
  • Provide positive role models for urban youth.
  • Celebrate local and regional African American visual artists.
  • Enhance the general community’s appreciation of African American contributions to the Dayton Miami Valley Region.

Dayton Live has been a strong supporter and collaborator with the Shango Center and EbonNia Gallery in bringing the Visual Voices projects to the broader Dayton Community via exhibits and programs in the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.


The 2022 Visual Voices Dayton Skyscrapers art project is funded in part by:

  • AES Foundation
  • Dayton Public Schools Skyscraper Project
  • Virginia W. Kettering Foundation
  • Dorothy Lane Market Foundation
  • ZIKS Family Pharmacy
  • Keller Boonshoft Fund of the Marin Community Foundation
  • Dayton Live

2022 exhibiting artists are:

  • Abner Cope
  • Dwayne Daniel
  • Clifford Darrett
  • Gregg DeGroat
  • Horace Dozier
  • Lois Fortson-Kirk
  • Kevin Harris
  • Morris Howard
  • Craig Screven
  • Frances Turner
  • Yvette Walker-Dalton.

The 2022 exhibit reflects the broad and diverse career fields of African Americans in the Dayton and Miami Valley region. They are:

  • Charles Mosley Austin
  • Phillip Clark Bass
  • Dr. Michael Carter
  • Jessie Hathcock
  • Sierra Leone
  • Dr. Gary LeRoy
  • J. Thomas Maultsby, Jr.
  • Jenell Ross
  • Commissioner Chris Shaw
  • Dr. Arthur E. Thomas
  • Reverend Daryl & Vanessa Ward
  • Clarence Young III

If you’d like more information about any of the this year’s art, or would like to learn how you can make a piece of artwork part of your collection, please contact the EbonNia Gallery.

Watercolor painting of Dr. Gary LeRoy by Greg DeGroat

Support Performing Arts Education

Join a growing community of arts enthusiasts who support Dayton Live’s incredible arts education programs. As an arts donor you will enjoy benefits like: being invited to private events, gaining exclusive access to tickets prior to general release and having a profound impact on the future of the arts in our community!

Artist statements and details about all of these works will be available at the exhibit and in the Visual Voices 2022 Souvenir Program.

Title

“DOC” Dr. Arthur E. Thomas

Artist

Abner Cope

Medium

Oil Painting

Oil painting of Dr. Arthur E. Thomas by Abner Cope

Title

Sierra Leone: “Painter Of Words!”

Artist

Dwayne Daniel

Medium

Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting of Sierra Leone by Dwayne Daniel

Title

Charles Mosely Austin

Artist

Clifford Darrett

Medium

Oil Painting

Oil painting of Charles Mosely Austin by Clifford Darrett

Title

Jessie Hathcock

Artist

Clifford Darrett

Medium

Oil Painting

Oil painting of Jessie Hathcock by Clifford Darrett

Title

Dr. Gary LeRoy

Artist

Greg DeGroat

Medium

Watercolor Painting

Water color painting of Dr. Gary LeRoy by Greg DeGroat

Title

Phillip Clark Bass

Artist

Horace Dozier

Medium

Digital Photographic Painting

Digital photographic painting of Phillip Clark Bass by Horace Dozier

Title

Jennell Ross

Artist

Lois Fortson-Kirk

Medium

Clay Sculpture

Clay sculpture of Jenell Ross by Lois-Fortson Kirk

Title

Dr. Michael Carter: ELEVATE

Artist

Kevin Harris

Medium

Digital Photograph

Digital photograph of Dr. Michael Carter by Kevin Harris

Title

J. Thomas Maultsby, Jr.

Artist

Morris Howard

Medium

Oil Painting

Oil painting of J. Thomas Maultsby by Morris Howard

Title

Reverend Daryl & Vanessa Wood: Helping The Community

Artist

Craig Screven

Medium

Digital Image

Digital image composition of Reverend Daryl and Vanessa Ward by Craig Screven

Title

Commissioner Chris Shaw

Artist

Frances Turner

Medium

Mixed Media Sculpture

Mixed media sculpture of Commissioner Chris Shaw by Frances Turner

Title

Clarence Young III

Artist

Yvette Walker-Dalton

Medium

Acrylic & Collage

Acrylic and collage of Clarence Young III by Yvette Walker-Dalton