Accompanying Image / Photo Example: 

Emmet Gowin, Edith, Chinicoteague, Virginia, 1967, Gelatin Silver Print, 6 1/16 x 6 1/16", © Emmet Gowin 

Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North
Dayton, OH 45405   

(937) 223-5277
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 am–5 pm
Thursday 10 am–8 pm
Sunday 12 pm–5 pm


Emmet Gowin and His Contemporaries
September 8–November 4

Wednesday October 10, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm 
Documentary Film Debut
Emmit Gowin by filmmakers Megan Hague, Tracy Longley-Cook, and Kyle Wilkinson
Wednesday October 10, 4:30 pm-5:15 pm
Wednesday October 10, 5:15 pm-6:30 pm 

Emmet Gowin and his Contemporaries celebrates one of the most significant photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, and offers a rare glimpse into the work of Gowin and that of a number of his esteemed influences and peers. Born in Virginia, Gowin was educated in graphic design at the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University.) In 1965, Gowin entered the graduate photography program at the Rhode Island School of Design under the mentorship of Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Initially known for his intimate and personal photographs of his wife Edith and their extended family in Virginia, Gowin gradually redirected his lens towards the landscape with the same keen awareness and visual sensitivity. 

In commemoration of his years spent in Ohio as an instructor at the Dayton Art Institute (1967-1971), the DAI honors the legacy of Emmet Gowin as an artist and educator. With a diverse selection of photographs from the permanent collection, the exhibition looks at Gowin's influences and contemporaries, notably Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Walker Evans, Frederick Sommer, Linda Connor, Paul Caponigro, Ansel Adams, and Minor  White.

Tracy Longley-Cook, Assistant Professor of Photography at Wright State University, serves as guest curator for this exhibition. For information on further programming and related events associated with Emmet Gowin and his Contemporaries, please visit the Dayton Art Institute web site.

Founded in 1919, the Dayton Art Institute is one of the region's premier fine arts museums. The DAI is committed to enriching lives and serving the community by creating meaningful experiences with art. In addition to presenting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for offering educational programming that targets an array of diverse audiences.
Round Trip Shuttle Services available from both Dayton and Cincinnati on October 10 
–– Shuttle Services coincide with lecture, film debut, and reception for Emmet Gowin and his Contemporaries in the afternoon at the Dyaton Art Instute and in the evening for Musical Portraits from Heber Springs: Bill Frisell’s Disfarmer Project · Inspired by the work of photographer Mike Disfarmer at The Emery Theatre in Cincinnati
–– Round trip shuttle service from Cincinnati to Dayton and back. Trip back to Cincinnati includes a box dinner purchased from the DAI cafe 
–– Round trip shuttle service from Dayton to Cincinnati and back. Trip to Cincinnati includes a box dinner purchased from the DAI cafe 
–– Cincinnati shuttle arrival in Dayton coincides with the afternoon lecture, film debut, and reception for Emmet Gowin and his Contemporaries
–– Dayton shuttle and Cincinnati return shuttle arrival in Cincinnati coincide with doors opening (7:30 pm) at the Emery Theatre for the Bill Frisell Performance 
–– For shuttle service from Cincinnati information, email–– For shuttle service from Dayton information, email