Dayton Subway Library brings Black History Month to life with art exhibits

Beginning Saturday, January 29, the Dayton Metro Library will host several art exhibits in honor of Black History Month:

The artist’s life (presented by the Guild of African American Visual Artists)

On display from Tuesday, February 1 to Saturday, March 26, Main Library, Third Street Bridge

The The artist’s life The exhibition consists of 27 works of art by 19 different artists that demonstrate something personal about themselves and reflect the development of their artistic journey, a significant event or the artistic skills they possess.

“Learning more about the artist and his process of creating art makes this exhibit interesting,” said AAVAG artist Andrea Cummings. “The target audience is artists of all ages, art lovers, art buyers, and people interested in art.”

Clients interested in meeting the artists whose work is featured in this exhibition may attend Artist’s Life Art Exhibition Reception on Saturday, February 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Main Library, in the community hall. Refreshments will be served.

Three additional art exhibits for Black History Month include:

Saga: Creating a Legacy

On display from Saturday, January 29 to Monday, February 28, Trotwood Branch Library

Guests can draw on their own heritage while exploring the work of Tony McCleskey, a Daytonian native and visual artist. This exhibit is inspired by the little-known and unrecognized African-American legends and decades of black history that have been lost in the greater Dayton area.

Additionally, McCleskey will be at the Trotwood branch on Wednesday, February 2, from 1 to 3 p.m., for a special meet and greet session with clients.

Art by Michael Carter

On view Tuesday, February 1 through Monday, February 28, Northwest Branch Library

This independent exhibition celebrates the many facets of African-American history.

Dayton Atlas: A City in the Making

On view from Monday, February 7 to Saturday, February 26, Southeast Branch Library

This traveling interactive exhibit educates viewers about issues of equity, opportunity and access to resources in Dayton. Atlas is an ongoing research project of Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Misty Thomas-Trout at the University of Dayton and is presented in partnership with the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and sponsored by the UD College of Arts & Sciences.

Due to the changing nature of COVID-19 and its variants, some Black History Month events and programs may require pre-registration. To see a complete list of these exciting initiatives and to register if needed, please visit or call the Ask Me line at 937.463.2665.

Patrons over the age of two must wear a mask when attending indoor, in-person library-sponsored programs. Masks will be made available to customers.

William E. Bennett