Exhibitions of the 2017-2018 Academic Year

The following exhibitions are slated to be shown in the gallery during the upcoming academic year:

Images from our exhibitions

"Cops," from Wait Watchers series
"Anonymity Isn't for Everyone," from Wait Watchers series
from American Mythologies series

Spring 2018

wait watchers

Wait Watchers

Haley Morris-Cafiero

Curated by: R. Darden Bradshaw

Reception: Feb. 22, 5 to 7 p.m. in the Radial Gallery

Exhibition: Feb. 22 through Mar. 22, 2018

This compendium of photographs and text in the exhibition Wait Watchers, on view at the University of Dayton’s Radial Gallery, spans a five-year journey in Haley Morris-Cafiero's artistic career. These self-portraits come together to boldly incite us to question the relationship of social media, selfie-culture, and the manner in which we critique each other. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, Morris-Cafiero will deliver the department of art and design’s spring Visiting Artist Scholar Educator Lecture Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Sears Recital Hall.

During the reception visitors may obtain a parking pass from an Art and Design greeter at Fitz Hall main entrance. Outside of our reception hours, visitors may obtain a parking pass from the parking attendant located on the University Circle inside the main campus entrance.  For additional information contact Radial Gallery Coordinator Nicholaus Arnold at 937-229-3204 or narnold1@udayton.edu.

About the Artist

Haley Morris-Cafiero positions her camera in public spaces – shopping malls, near tourist sites, and in commercial locales. She takes photos of herself as others pass her by. The camera is not hidden. In the resulting photographs she captures curious glances, sneers, and other expressions of the public’s unsolicited judgements of her.

Morris-Cafiero’s work invites us to reexamine the ways in which desire and the gaze have been culturally conditioned and our sense of license to take another’s inventory. In February 2013, after a few of the early images from this series were features in Lenscratch, a photo-world blog, there followed a series of stories in Huffington Post and the Daily Mail. As a result of this publicity, people began commenting about Morris-Cafiero and her images. These personally attacking, often hateful comments as well as those of encouragement and support became an added layer through which we enter into Morris-Cafiero’s work.

In this exhibition, the comments are juxtaposed with the images to invite us to discourse – about photography, social media, stereotypes, body image, and the gaze.

Morris-Cafiero received a B.A. in Photography and a B.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of North Florida in 1999. Nominated for the Prix Pictet in 2014 and a 2016 Fulbright finalist, Morris-Cafiero holds a M.F.A. from the University of Arizona in Art. She is an Associate Professor of Photography at Memphis College of Art in Memphis, TN.

The lecture and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Contemporary Totem

American Mythologies

Jonathan Clyde Frey


January 25th, 5:00 - 7:00pm at the Radial Gallery on the second floor of Fitz Hall


January 18 through February 15, 2018


Radial Gallery and the department of art and design are pleased to present American Mythologies, curated by Jayne Matlack Whitaker, an exhibition of new works by visual artist Jonathan Clyde Frey.

"My recent work analyzes American identity, focusing on the differences between the iconic representations of the United States and the lived experience. Through my research, I seek to uncover the myths, clichés, and stereotypes that are part of a national American identity."

Jonathan Clyde Frey is an artist and designer whose work broadly explores the influences of ideology on contemporary culture. He has earned degrees in art and design from the University of Dayton, the University of Florida, and the Pratt Institute, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Bucknell University. Visit the artist's website for more information.

Fall 2017



New faculty and staff exhibition

Thursday, Aug. 24 to Friday, Sep. 1, 2017. Artists' reception takes place on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Recent work of adjunct faculty

Thursday, Sep. 7 to Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017. Opening Reception is Thursday, Sep. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time

Artworks by Kate Kern

Thursday, Sep. 28 to Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Artist's Reception is Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Senior Exhibition

Work by graduating art and design seniors

Thursday, Nov. 9 to Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Opening Reception is Thursday, Nov. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Gallery Hours

Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

For additional information contact the Gallery 249 Coordinator at 937-229-3204.

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