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Reinvention Portraits

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

The Dayton Art Institute 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, 2013.

During the summer of 2012, 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 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, were 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 included a looped video that merged 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 rolled viewers through the neighborhoods, unraveling and then raveling the city up again.

For more the Reinvention Stories project, go to

Image: Kyle Wilkinson, Barbara & her Family, 2012, Digital Print

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