The permanent art collection at the Dayton Art Institute features more than 1,000 works on view in 12 different collections: African, American, Ancient Art, Asian, European, Glass, Native American, New Acquisitions, Oceanic, Outdoor Sculpture, Photography, and Pre-Columbian art. Each gallery contains elegantly displayed artwork in a peaceful and creative environment. Brief highlights of each collection can be found below:
The African Art Collection contains artifacts from the Bamileke, Senufo, Lobala, and Songye peoples. This includes costumes, carvings, masks, tools, and figurines of important community members. The “Nkishi” or “Power Figure” is one of the collections most exciting pieces. It is 46 inches tall and made of hard wood, metal, antelope horns, civet hide, lizard skin, fiber, feathers, nuts, oil, and fiber cord. It is truly an intriguing piece of work by the Songye people.
The American Art Collection is one of the largest collections at the Dayton Art Institute. It contains all kinds of pieces including decorative arts, paintings, photographs, sculptures, writings, and much more. This collection is not to be missed.
The Ancient Art Collection features works from the Acharmenid, Eqyptian, Greco-Roman, Cycladic Islands, Praenestine, and the Dayton Painter. Intricate carvings, pottery, and sculptures are the main focal points of this collection; however, the main event is a relief fragment from Persepolis carved from gray stone.
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