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Blue Sky Project invites professional artists from around the world and Dayton-area teens to create new works of contemporary art. This eight-week Artist-in-Residence Program hosts artists who have a demonstrated commitment to innovation and exploration and are interested in collaborating with fellow artists and young people as a means of creating new works. In support of artistic experimentation and collaboration, we organize small groups of local teens eager to work with a professional artist, provide fees and materials to artists, and employ our facilities and staff to address the creative needs of our Blue Sky Project teams.

Past resident artists include 2-D & 3-D visual artists, installation artists, performance artists, sound artists, musicians, video artists, filmmakers and writers.

Since its inception in 2005, work produced at Blue Sky Project has been exhibited at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe and Asia, been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art in America and FiberArt, and sold in New York, Chicago and Houston.



An artist-centered program committed to producing significant works of contemporary art, Blue Sky Project's objectives are threefold:

  • Provide a communal environment for the Resident Artists to extend their own exploration and studio practice in a unique collaborative setting with young people
  • Use the contemporary art-making process to develop self-awareness, leadership, critical-thinking, creative problem solving and conceptual skills in the Youth Participants
  • Contribute to the cultural life of the community by bringing new art and new artists to Dayton