dairybarn_artistsetup_1_headerWe are very excited to bring artist opportunities to all area and exhibiting artists

Artist Members-Click Here for the List of the Artist Members

If you join the Dairy Barn Arts Center as an Artist Member, you can choose to be listed on our website as an artist and provide links to your personal or professional website. Please contact for further information.

Meeting Space for Artists’ Groups

Artist Members of the Dairy Barn Arts Center may have access to meeting spaces at no charge as a benefit of their membership. These spaces include our art rooms, AEP wing or the grounds during our regular business hours or by special arrangement.

Studio/Equipment Usage

Artist Members are also invited to share our studio space and art equipment. Use of our kiln for ceramic firing can be arranged as well. Schedule times and get more detailed information by emailing or calling 740-592-4981.

Buying Club

Take advantage of bulk prices for art supplies by combining your needs with those of other area artists. Contact to learn about this opportunity.

The Gallery Shop

The Gallery Shop features work by local artists as well as exhibiting artists year round. Currently, we feature a wide variety of works from over 65 artists. Contact to learn more about this retail opportunity for your work.

Call for Entries

The Dairy Barn Arts Center provides exhibition opportunities on a regular basis. Quilt National, our longest running exhibition, fields entries from all over the world. Go to our exhibition page. Some of our continuing exhibitions include:  Go to our exhibition page.

      • Our Quilt National Biennial Exhibition is in odd years and the call for entries is the prior summer in even years.
      • Athens Voices USA biennial for any artist that lives, works or studies within 30 miles of any Athens community in the United States.
      • OH+5:  the Ohio Border Exhibition Biennial features artists living in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana and West Virginia
      • In & Around the Barn:  Call for entries all year long for installations in and around the Dairy Barn.

Teaching Opportunities

The Dairy Barn Art Center’s education programming provides many opportunities for interested artists to participate as arts educators. There are many different kinds of educational programming that we offer: individual workshops, school residencies, after school programming, summer art camp, snow day camp, workshops that correspond with our current gallery exhibitions. Contact to discuss your interests and talents that you might like to share.

Guide for Creating a Dairy Barn Happy Hour Work Shops or Continuing Work Shop Series

Any Artist interested in holding a workshop or class series at the Dairy Barn will need to submit a work shop proposal to the Education Director.  If the targeted guest population consists of persons under the age of 18, the Education Director may request a copy of the Artist’s current (no more than two years old) BCI background check to be kept on file.

Each Proposal should contain the following elements:

      • A thorough list of materials needed per attendant and their cost.  If unconventional, information regarding obtaining them should be included too.
      • A time line of the planned events or activities that guests will be participating in.
      • A maximum number of attendants.
      • A minimum number of attendants (often times to make a work shop financially viable, the registration must be at least a certain number of participants.  This may need to be worked out with the assistance of the Education Director).
      • A resume or brief biography of the artist if one has not already been submitted.
      • Option or upon request from the education director: images of artist work for promotional purposes on the Dairy Barn website or social media site networks.

Proposal Example:

Workshop Title: Batiking!  Silk Scarves
Instructor: Lyn Smith
Time: 3 hours  (If a class, list the amount of sessions)

Materials needed for each guest attending:

      • One 5 foot long silk scarf -Dharma Trading Com. ≈ $3.00 per scarf)
      • 3 colors of fabric dye – Dick Blick ≈ $2.00 each
      • Clean buckets for dye baths
      • Newsprint
      • Iron and ironing board
      • Batik wax ≈ $4.00 per pound
      • Wax hot pot
      • Paint brushes or tjanting tools

Basic Procedures:

After brief lecture to group regarding history of batik, walk the class through the project verbally before beginning.  Each guest receives a scarf and access to the hot wax.  Using brushes, guests will apply layers of wax to the areas of their scarves they would like to keep white, and then submerge in dye bath etc… to end of process with timing estimates.

Minimum students needed to make class financially viable = 10

Maximum for the workshop = 15

The Instructor: Lyn Smith is the Education Director at the …… She also spends her time ……

Attach picture of work if possible…


Events and Programs for Artists

The Dairy Barn has two annual events that we organize that local artists can set up to sell their works. Dairy Barn Fest is usually in the spring during Ohio University’s Mom’s weekend and the Holiday Bazaar is usually held the weekend of December.

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