CELIA (Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts)

Steven Bognar

Recognition Year: 

Reinvention Portraits

Presented in Partnership with the Dayton Visual Arts Center and WYSO 91.3
June 30 2013 - September 29 2013

The Dayton Art Institute has partnered with the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) and WYSO 91.3 to present the exhibition Reinvention Portraits: Photographs by Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar and the Reinvention Collaborative, on view June 30 – September 29.

Last summer, an award-winning team of Dayton filmmakers and WYSO 91.3 public radio staffers, led by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, walked more than a dozen Dayton neighborhoods. Spending time primarily in Belmont, Residence Park, South Park and Twin Towers, they met people on their porches, in their by Text-Enhance">driveways, walking their dogs, and in parks with their families. They captured hundreds of hours of video and thousands of images of great, funny, surprising and inspiring stories of adversity, resilience and reinvention.

The portraits featured in the upcoming exhibition, taken by the eight-member Reinvention Collaborative of Steven Bognar, Liz Cambron, Emily Evans, Megan Hague, Shawndra Jones, Emily McCord, Julia Reichert and Kyle Wilkinson, along with colorist Chase Whiteside, are a selection curated by Eva Buttacavoli, executive director at DVAC. Reinvention Portraits is part of a collaboration between DVAC and The Dayton Art Institute, intended to bring a fresh look at the art happening in our community.

The exhibition also includes a looped video that merges three perspectives of travelling up and down the city streets. Created by fastening GoPro cameras to the left side, right side and top of the artists’ car, the video rolls viewers through the neighborhoods, unraveling and then raveling the city up again.

Reinvention Portraits is on view in Gallery 209, just off the museum’s Great Hall. The exhibition is open during regular museum hours and by Text-Enhance">admission is included in the museum’s suggested general admission.

Related: A gallery talk and reception with the artists will be held in the museum's Great Hall on Wednesday, July 31, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Image: Kyle Wilkinson, Barbara Gavida and Family, 2012, Digital Print

From the Dayton Art Institute website


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