James Mellick's exhibit of service dogs at the United States Air Force Museum has drawn large crowds. The exhibit closes Friday, January 31st, making this the last week to see these sculptures in their home state this year.
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Ohio artist James Mellick makes highly detailed, life-size, wooden sculptures of dogs. He’s been doing it for forty years now.

He uses walnut for Chocolate Labs, basswood for Yellow Labs, cedar for Red Dobermans, and sycamore for Malinois.

He’ll work a single sculpture for over a month, crafting it to perfection, and he makes all kinds of canines: surreal dogs that serve as allegories, realistic dogs that are playful and fun, and service dogs that have been injured in combat.

Dayton Art Institute

As the Dayton Art Institute continues its centennial celebration in 2019, the museum's Eric Brockman and Ayn Wood visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the latest exhibits on display including the newly opened Monet and Impressionis  and the upcoming summer camps beginning in July.

To learn more about events at the Dayton Art Institute, visit http://www.daytonartinstitute.org/

buffalo statue in front of K12 Gallery in downtown Dayton
Jim Kahle / WYSO

"I have been curious about the big buffalo statue that stand outside K12 Gallery in downtown Dayton," says WYSO listener Gwen Owen. "I looked at again this morning on my way in and thought, 'what is your deal, you're this big serious heavy looking buffalo statue...' and I feel like it must have a story. Where did that thing come from?"

For that answer I went to the K12 TEJAS  gallery at the corner of South Jefferson Street and South Patterson Boulevard and asked long time arts supporter and fearless leader of K12, Jerri Stanard, just how that buffalo came to be there.

'In Service' is a reflection on the military life of Colonel Charles Young created by artist Renée Fleuranges-Valdes
courtesy of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

Quilts traditionally provide warmth and comfort. Story quilts link these qualities with history, and there are quilts right now in Wilberforce that tell the story of a remarkable man.

Colonel Charles Young was a professor of military science at Wilberforce, a leader of the Buffalo Soldier Regiment, and the highest ranking black Army officer until his death in 1922, and that is the short list.

Photographer Bill Franz documents Dayton At Work And Play.

Dayton works. And Dayton plays. Everyday life may feel unremarkable for some. But for one volunteer photographer, it’s a wonderland of possibility.

Bill Franz has resided in Dayton for over 40 years. But in his retirement, Franz found photography. That’s when he began to really live in his hometown.

Our Century: Dayton Area Collects is on display now at Dayton Art Institute
Dayton Art Institute

Thousands of  revelers are expected to gather at the Dayton Art Institute Sunday to celebrate the museum’s 100th birthday.

The landmark Dayton institution has had a storied history.

It began on March 28, 1919, when a group of notable Dayton residents signed letters of incorporation to establish what was then known as the Dayton Museum of Arts. Over the next 100 years, the museum would also serve as an art school, educating generations of students, and house countless treasures and artifacts.

James Turner
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Sometimes we don't realize the impact that teachers have had on our lives. Today we'll hear from a student at James H. Ponitz Career Technology Center who says his fourth grade teacher inspired his lifelong passion for art and drawing. 

My name is James, and I know a lot about basketball. I know where the NBA players are from, stats, and the college where they went. But the main thing that everybody knows me from is drawing.

DCDC dancers in rehearsal
Scott Robbins / via DCDC

Back in October, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Ohio’s oldest modern dance company, opened its 50th season with a world premiere of a full-length ballet. The Bench, A Journey into Love was all about family. 

It told the story of a pair of lovers and their three children through movement, voice, and an original jazz score. 

exterior of The Conteporary in downtown Dayton
George Drake Jr. / WYSO

After almost 30 years, The Dayton Visual Arts Center, DVAC, is making the bold and possibly risky move of changing its name to become, simply, The Contemporary. Its mission will mostly remain the same, but with the name change and a potential move to a bigger location in the works, it aims to do more  - both locally and nationally.


Community members, artists and musicians will gather for the fourth annual Surrealist Ball to benefit Strong Dayton on December 8.  Organizers Lisa Patrick and Kristie Johnson Fisher joined Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt in the WYSO studios to talk about this year's event and the initiatives it benefits.