CNOtes – February 19, 2019 – Alexis Larsen – Dayton Art Institute

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father where ever we are in our walk thru life, we owe a debt of gratitude to You and others. Gratitude is the soft thoughts from the heart that express our feelings of thanks for the good feeling they gave us. Gratitude comes in all sizes, from an act that saved a life to a genuine smile of a stranger as we passed. Gratitude is a great feeling for both the giver an receiver. Too many times we fail to give thanks for the little gifts of life. Like Woolworth said “little nickels and dimes add up.” When we have a good day, let us realize You most likely had a hand in it and give thanks. Amen!

Today’s Guests

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Dayton Art Institute Presentation

Bill Williams introduced Alexis Larsen, the External Affairs Director of The Dayton Art Institute.

The Dayton Art Institute (DAI) is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the Dayton Art Institute. The “Gem on the Hill” was founded on February 28, 1919. The museum was opened to the public on January 10, 1930.

In 2019 DAI will celebrate by launching 100 events at the museum. There will be numerous improvements to the building and grounds with many changes for improved accessibility. The improvements are estimated to cost $9.7 million.

The building was a gift from Julia Shaw Patterson Carnell who was born in Dayton, OH on July 10, 1863 (check Dayton). She decided to donate $2 million as an endowment to the museum. Construction began for the current building in 1928 after 2 mansions that were donated were demolished. Unfortunately, the Great Depression occurred from 1929 – 1939 and the pledged donations dried up. Julia’s $2 million was transferred from the endowment to finish the building.

The current endowment is very underfunded for a museum of its size. Of the nearly $5 Million annual budget, 50% comes from contributions. The number one way to support the museum is to purchase a membership that is tax deductible. Two annual fund raisers, Octoberfest and the Art Ball, bring in $500,000 or one tenth of the annual budget. They are looking for more donations for additional improvements. The museum wants to add $15 million to their endowments.

Jerry Smith is the new curator and he is making numerous improvements to the collections.

The DAI collection is of the Encyclopedic museum type. The collection spans 5000 years. The Asian collection has been ranked as high as number 5 in the world.

2019 Special Exhibits Include:

  • For America: Paintings from the National Academy, on view February 23–June 2
  • Our Century: Dayton Area Collects, June 29–September 22
  • Maker & Muse: Women and Early 20th-Century Art Jewelry, October 25, 2019–January 19, 2020.

Julia was involved in the design of the building. Julia was impressed with Italian architecture during her travels so the new museum was modelled after that. She is quoted as saying to the designers, “No cloisters, then no building.” The gothic cloister was enclosed with the dome in the 1990’s. People travel to the DAI to study the Japanese Maple tree and the numerous columns located in the cloisters.

Alexis noted that the European collection includes a Monet. The Monet was generously donated by a successful businessman in New York. She is glad they asked him for it, because that is all it took to get it for DAI.

Quick Facts

  • The museum is very family friendly. Education resources include the Lange Family Experience Center.
  • In 1964 the Dayton Art Institute school expanded and closed after 1974-75 school year.
  • In 1997 DAI completed Julia’s vision of the expansion including modern art.
  • Julia Shaw Patterson Carnell is the cofounder of the Dayton Foundation.
  • In the great hall of the museum there is a portrait of Julia Shaw Patterson Carnell.


Learn how you can support the museum here


Member Birthday
Patricia Kuhlman February 19
Julie Walling Noeth February 20
Stan Fronzaglia February 20
Mike Bevis February 21
John Thompson February 24

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Dave Gaines February 20 2/20/2013 6
Russell Hulbert February 20 2/20/2013 6
Bob Collins February 21 2/21/2014 5
Erin Belangia-Sanchez February 23 2/23/2006 13

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dan Apolito Scott Langer 3rd Reading
Jordan Feldkamp Guest at a  2.0 Meeting 2nd Reading
Tim Bemis Greg Fay 2nd Reading
Kyle Bergsman Barbara Santo 2nd Reading
Terri Leputa Julie Walling Noeth 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

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 Happy Bucks! 

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