Dayton is one of the biggest cities in the state of Ohio and plays a big role in the state's economy, boasting some of the most important manufacturing and production companies in the whole of the US. As well as being a key location for business and enterprise, Dayton, Ohio is also a real outdoor city with a lot of great activities to enjoy including cycling, canoeing, and kayaking. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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More Ideas: Dayton Art Institute
The Dayton Art Institute is located in Dayton atop a hill, over-looking the Great Miami River. It was founded in 1919 and is currently one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. The mission of the Dayton Art Institute is to enrich the community by “creating meaningful experiences with art that are available to all”.
Through the pursuit of this mission, the Institute has become renowned for its outstanding special exhibitions, impressive collections of art from around the world, and its educational programming that appeals to visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
One of the founding patrons of the Dayton Art Institute was prominent community leader, Orville Wright. The Museum’s landmark building was modeled after the Villa d’Este near Rome and the Villa Farnese at Caprarola in Italy. It was designed by prominent architect, Edward B. Green and has become one of the most architecturally and historically significant facilities listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Museum’s vast collection spans 5,000 years of history and includes some of the most important Oceanic, Asian, European, and American fine and decorative art collections. Not only is the Museum host to said prominent collections, it also hosts concerts, family and youth programs, classes, social events, and has even become one of the area’s premier settings for weddings and corporate meetings.
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.
The Asian Art Collection is another one of the Museum’s largest and most exciting collections. It features pieces from all over Asia, including works from Burma, China, India, Japan, Thailand, and Korea. It also features fabulous pieces from the Tank and Ming Dynasties. Sculptures, decorative arts, pottery, religious icons, paintings, and even warrior swords are in this collection.
The European Art Collection is also one of the most vast and elegant collections at the Museum. Hundreds of paintings and sculptures from all over Europe can be found in this collection, but the most exciting piece in the collection is the infamous “Waterlilies” by Claude Monet.
The Glass Collection contains brilliantly beautiful pieces by artists such as Dale Chihuly, Jon Kuhn, and Christopher Ries. The piece entitled “Celebration” is cut and polished glass from the year 1952 and is one of the collections most beloved pieces.
The Native American Art Collection may be one of the Museum’s smallest collection but it features from truly exciting pieces, including the “Owl Effigy Pipe”. The New Acquisitions Collection has recently added its newest piece to its permanent collection, a large painting by American artist, Elmer Bishcoff. It is oil on canvas called “Untitled” and it is from the year 1952.
The Oceanic Art Collection features instruments and masks from the Naggala, Wogumas, and Vanuatuan peoples. The Pre-Columbian Art Collection contains exquisite masks, sculptures, pottery, and much more from around 2200 and 1500 years ago.
The Photography Collection features exciting photos from all over the world, the collection’s most exciting piece, however, is entitled “Pool in a Brook, New Hampshire” by Elliot Porter. Porter is known as the “dean of American color photography” and has been honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art by letting him host its first one-man color photography exhibition at the MET in 1979.
The Outdoor Sculpture Collection of the Museum is a wonderfully beautiful experience. Visitors can explore large and exquisite pieces by artists such as Alexander Liberman, John Safer, and Bret Price.
If visitors are new to the world of art, the Lange Family Experiencenter is an interactive gallery for families and young people to experience and learn about great art in smaller, thematically-based exhibitions. This exhibition is meant to stimulate curiosity and creativity for visitors who may have never had access to art education previously.
There is a diverse lineup of special exhibitions coming up at the Dayton Art Institute including “Ravaged Sublime: Landscape Photography in the 21st Century” on display until January 8, 2017, and “Water in Japanese Art” on display until January 29, 2017.
“Ravaged Sublime” demonstrates a rising trend among photographers who challenge the traditional definitions of landscapes and what constitutes the definition of the word “sublime” in the 21st century. There are more than 30 photographs in this exhibition with tantalizing and striking imagery. “Water in Japanese Art” features works that represent one of the most important elements in Japanese culture – water. The Museum’s collection contains a strong collection of Edo-period (1603 – 1868) work including paintings, woodblock prints, and screen printings.
The Museum is located at 456 Belmonte Park North in Downtown Dayton, Ohio just off Interstate 75. College students with valid ID and children under the age of 17 gain free admission to the Museum.
There is an exciting museum store for visitors to purchase souvenirs, a world-class bistro for a relaxing lunch break, as well as a variety of self-guided and guided tours available. There are always special exhibitions, programs, and events, so be sure to check the full calendar of events for more information.
The surrounding Dayton area offers world-class dining, shopping, and culture for visitors of all interests.
The Dayton Art Institute hosts a variety of events and activities year-round including Oktoberfest, the Art Ball, lectures, music and concerts, wine tasting series, and even yoga at the museum.
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456 Belmonte Park North Dayton, OH 45405–4700, Phone: 937-223-5277
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More Ideas: Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm is an Audubon Center for sustainable farming practices, environmental education and conservation. The 70 acres of land was gifted by Marie Aull in 1957 to The National Audubon Society. Together, she and the president of the Audubon Society, John Baker, created the first nature center in the Midwest. The Aullwood Audubon Center was built as Marie Aull’s dream of having a place where teachers and learners could come together in hands on education to learn about the nature. The dream was fulfilled as over 25,000 students received 90-minute education tours the first years open.
In 1962, Mrs. Aull purchased the adjacent 120-acre farm in an effort to stop development that would lead to the springs being drained that fed the creek that ran through Aullwood Audubon Center as well as her own personal garden. Mrs. Aull donated part of the farm to the Audubon Society with the vision of the farm turning into a petting zoo of livestock for children and also growing crops as an educational tool. Visitors could participate in guided tours of the farm that focused on education about the American agriculture way of life.
The Aullwood Audubon Center and the farm joined as one entity in 1978 and became what is now known as The Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm. The Friends of Aullwood became the primary responsible party for funding of the facility in 1986 which was then transferred to the Dayton Foundation and managed by Friends of Aullwood.
Aullwood leased 150 acre of airport property in 1995 and created Ohio’s second largest restored tallgrass prairie. Another expansion came in 2000 with the addition of the multimillion-dollar education wing. The addition was dedicated to Marie Aull on her 103rd birthday. Mrs. Aull lived to be 105 years old. The most recent addition included the 2012 creation of Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center. This center put Aullwood on the map as one of the best sustainable farming educational practices in America.
Aullwood Farm is the standard of sustainably sourced agriculture in Ohio and direct market sells the beef, pork and poultry that they raise. Even fresh from the farm eggs are sold seasonally. All the livestock on the farm are antibiotic and steroid free, certified organic, grass fed cows and natural feed chickens. Farmers use local butchers to process the meat from the farm and sell their food directly from the store on the farm.
The crops grown at Aullwood are forage and grass species. The cows free graze on the grass fields and hay, oats, spelt and straw are harvested at Aullwood with no synthetic fertilizer or insecticides being used. Farmers utilize the greatest conservation techniques including rotating the crops and grass fed livestock. A type of farming called ECO is used for maintaining the land.
The Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center is the welcome center for the farm and situated at the front entrance. The large building has several classrooms, offices, farm exhibits, and the Liz Wyse Auditorium that can be rented for private events such as corporate events or weddings. The annual candle dipping workshop, many different agriculture and sustainability workshops and interactive learning experiences are held at the Discovery Center.
The Farm Yard, located behind the Discovery Center, is the home of the Aullwood Apple Fest, and many other fundraising and community events. There is also a large playground, many picnic shelters that are used mostly for school fieldtrips, and vintage tractors that children can play on. The chicken tractor, a chicken coup built inside of a tractor, is often seen at The Farm Yard. The Wyse Pavilion is centrally located in the farm yard and has several look out spots to admire the farm. This pavilion is often privately rented for events.
The Farm Yard also features a chicken coop, The children’s sustainable garden, an herb garden, and heritage turkey pen. The bee yard which features hundreds of bees and butterflies is also located in the farm yard. Honey and Maple syrup from the Sugar Bush are also produced on the farm.
The Bank Barn is a German Heritage barn that was built to resemble the 1800’s style. The foundation of the barn is built from limestone and, upon close inspection, visitors can find fossils sticking out of the stone. The wood is also locally sourced, as are the boulders that help secure the foundation. There are two levels, the top for hay, straw, and grain storage, and the bottom for an array of livestock including horses, pigs, cattle, goats, and turkeys.
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The Sheep Barn is the lambing barn in the spring and provides grazing fields right behind for lamb and sheep. The primary use for this barn is for farmers to ensure the health of ewes while they are still with their mothers in the pen.
Spring Houses were used long ago before electricity as a cool storage space for cheese, milk and other dairy products. A wind mill pumps spring water to a creek and wet meadow. Visitors can see many different types of animals at the spring house and creeks including salamanders and fish.
Duck Pond is towards the back of the farm yard and has a very nice observation deck where visitors can watch native wetland animals such as ducks, heron, coyotes, foxes and deer.
The 200-acre nature sanctuary is home to many different plant and animal species that can be explored by visitors through six miles of trails. The sanctuary has wetlands, prairie, woodlands, ponds, and farm land. The sanctuary serves to provide an educational experience for visitors to learn about all the different types of environments in the region.
The Sanctuary was once lush naturally environments, but converted to farm lands in the 1800’s. It has taken almost two hundred years, in some areas of the sanctuary, to reclaim the land and transfer it back to its natural state. There are both old growth and second growth areas and over 20 different habitat exhibits that visitors can learn from along the trails.
Aullwood Marie S. Aull Education Center is comprised of two themed discovery rooms, six classrooms that rotate themes, tons of interactive exhibits, educational games, and animal specimens. Visitors can enjoy presentations by the education staff to learn about and interact with animals like snakes and birds. Classrooms are used for school field trips but the remainder of the nature center is freely explored by visitors.
There is an outdoor bird feeding and water station. Visitors can watch the birds gather from the Bird Watching Room where they is a built in vocalization system so that visitors can hear the birds sing. The gift shop and a quiet reflection room are also inside the Education Center.
The Nature Center Auditorium and Hall of Wonders are two parts of the Nature Center that are used for events and fundraisers. Art shows and special exhibits are also hosted in these buildings frequently throughout the year.
The Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm is dedicated to education and offers several programs and evens throughout the year to further their mission of sustainable agriculture and conservation. There are 25 different programs for school and youth including presentations on birds of prey, art in music, an adventures school program, candle and syrup making, geology and farming.
There are also scouting and 4-H programs as well as overnights. These educational opportunities can be tailored to the group’s specific goals or itinerary with costs varying by customization. Homeschooling programs and ecotours are also frequently featured at the farm and there are special adventures dependent on the season.
Preschools, teacher workshops, birthday parties, and other special events are welcome to be held at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm.
Glow at Night is a special event at the farm where luminescent art exhibits are displayed and there is plenty of fire based entertainment to enjoy. Visitors can even tour an enchanted forest and make several different glow in the dark crafts. Live music is provided and food trucks are present for purchasing dinner. Night hikes are offered with naturalist guides.
One Stop Holiday Shop is the annual holiday shopping bizarre that the Audubon Center and Farm puts on every year. Vendors, artists, crafters, collectors and hobbyist set up shop on the far and the nature center grounds to sell handmade wares just in time for the Holiday season. There are also several art exhibits that are installed for this weekend only.
Aullwood Audubon Nature Center and Farm is open year around but closed on school holidays. Parking is free at both the farm and nature center. If driving, the distance between both attractions is about five minutes; however, the nature sanctuary trails lead to the farm and most visitors enjoy walking between places to be able to enjoy the entire experience of Aullwood Audubon Nature Center and Farm. The entire facility is nonsmoking and strictly enforced.
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1000 Aullwood Rd, Dayton, OH 45414, Phone: 937-890-7360
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