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Off Campus Exhibitions

Our students are often given the opportunity to exhibit their work in venues off campus. See what they are doing in the community. Index is a project space of the Department of Art and Design at the University of Dayton. This space provides an opportunity for our students to present their work to the Dayton community, beyond campus walls.

1001 E. 2nd Street
Building 100, Door B-C
2nd Floor
Dayton, OH 45402

For more information, please contact Nick Arnold, gallery coordinator, at 937-229-3204.

Dinner in the Desert Kitchen II: Just Add Water

Join our 2nd Annual University of Dayton Student-organized Art Auction, Can Drive and Exhibition to benefit The Dayton FoodBank! New student photographic works will be available in our silent auction for Dinner in the Desert Kitchen II: Just Add Water on December 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. @Index Project Space, Front Street Warehouse Spaces. Small editioned prints will be gifted to those who donate a non-perishable food item (while supplies last!).

This year’s exhibition shifts its thematic focus from deserts to water, examining issues that include sustainability, environmental justice, visual culture and food systems. Our multi-disciplinary project brings together students from the Department of Art and Design and the Sustainability, Energy and the Environment minor in the spirit of creative and scholarly exploration. While our courses focused on the histories and geographies of New Orleans, China’s Grand Canal and our home of Dayton, Just Add Water uses this vital resource as a broad-ranging symbol that students interpret through diverse scholarly and creative works. We also ponder definitions of place, space, landscape, nature and wilderness through artwork that ranges from digital collage to social documentary. Guests will have the chance to learn the stories behind popular meals at a collection of Brown Street restaurants, where students traced their meals back to the lands and waters that made them possible.

Guests may also become member-owners of Gem City Market cooperative by purchasing community shares at the event. GCM will be a full-service grocery store in West Dayton offering quality, affordable food and a community-ownership structure ( Come learn more about this innovative co-op initiative! Enjoy food and drink from local suppliers! Contribute to the fight against hunger! Find the perfect, unique piece of art for that difficult holiday gift!

This exhibition is organized in part by The Desert Kitchen Collective, a growing group of local artists and activists who seek to eradicate food deserts and build awareness around multiple food-related issues. Our event was made possible through the support of University of Dayton’s Office of Experiential Learning, The Department of Art & Design, The Sustainability, Energy and the Environment minor and Hanley Sustainability Institute. To participate in Dinner in the Desert Kitchen with a seat at the table, contact Glenna Jennings at

Dinner in the Desert Kitchen II: Just Add Water is organized by University of Dayton Professors Glenna Jennings and Julie Jones (Photography) and Dr. Hsuan Tsen (Art History). Our transdisciplinary roster of student artists, designers and researchers includes: (from SEE 303: Art, Community and Sustainability) Grace Berton, Ryan Cunningham, Julianne Evans, Patrick Fitzgerald, Mitch Grimone, Kyle Hrabak, Muhannad Khafaji, Dan Lenz, Elizabeth Miles, Sarah Richard, Naomi Schhalle, Emily Shanahan, Taylor Sparbanie and Cody Waller (from VAP 340 Digital Processes II): Jesse Chapman, Annie Denten, Sara Frederick, Claudia Ferguson, Maura Parker, Lilia Sciaretti and Nora Sullivan.

Past Exhibits


Index, a University of Dayton Project Space, and the Department of Art and Design at the University of Dayton presented the works of our student figure drawing group from Sep. 1 through 29, 2017. More information >


An exhibition in January 2017 featured the work of students Maddisson Barron-Galbavi, Alexandra Morressette, Kelly McGuire, Elizabeth Clement, Emily Bartolone, Sarah Gray, and Taylor Orr.

Alternative Photography Student Work

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