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Katherine Gunckel Loy Dayton Art Exhibitions Scrapbook (SC-378)

Identifier: SC-378

Content Description

The scrapbook contains primarily newspaper clippings (which include photographs published in the newspaper) concerning exhibitions sponsored by the newly formed Montgomery County Art Association, and held at Memorial Hall, including: the first annual exhibition (March 11-26, 1913); second annual exhibition (January 22-February 4, 1914); an exhibit of local artists (September/October 1914); and the third annual exhibition (November 14-29, 1914). In addition to newspaper clippings from local Dayton newspapers, programs or catalogs listing the artworks at each annual exhibition are also included. These early exhibitions appear to have focused primarily on oil paintings. Names appearing several times include Otto Walter Beck and Ernest L. Blumenschein.


  • Creation: 1912 - 1914


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Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Montgomery County Art Association, founded in 1912, was an antecedent to the Dayton Museum of Arts (established in 1919) which later became the Dayton Art Institute in 1927.

The following description of the Montgomery County Art Association comes from Charlotte Reeve Conover's "Dayton, Ohio - An Intimiate History" (1932):

...there came into existence in 1912 the Montgomery County Art Association, whose object was to foster an interest in art, through lectures, exhibits and loans of pictures. The first president was Mrs. Henry Stoddard, whose glowing and contagious enthusiasm proved to be epidemic in the end. She loved, thought, dreamed and talked pictures. She could see beauty in everything and had discriminating taste. The second presiding officer of the Art Association was Mr. Houston Lowe under whose devoted leadership the organization made many strides forward. Another ardent supporter of the infant industry was Miss Annie Campbell, for years a teacher of art in Steele High School, and a painter in oil and water colors. Mrs. Henry Loy [Katherine Gunckel Loy] gave generously of her time and cultivated taste. She and Mrs. Stoddard were the moving spirits in organizing exhibitions of paintings and trying to induce a rather tepid public to attend. In 1917 the name of the organization was charged to the Dayton Art Association. From that time on its activities enlarged and increased. The Dayton papers were supplied with publicity on pictures and artists, it filed records relative to the current items of art history in Dayton; it enlisted in the fight against a proposed increase in the tariff on art objects; it secured a fine collection of oil paintings through the American Federation of Arts, which was exhibited for two weeks.

Katherine Gunckel Loy (1867-1939) was the daughter of Dayton area Congressman Lewis B. Gunckel and his wife Katherine Winters Gunckel. In 1909, she married Henry Loy (1865-1932) at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They did not have any children. At the time that she created the scrapbook, Mrs. Loy was serving as the Chairman of the Exhibition Committee for the Montgomery County Art Association.


0.08 linear feet (1 scrapbook)

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The scrapbook remains in its original order, which is roughly chronological.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Katherine Gunckel Loy Dayton Art Exhibitions Scrapbook was donated to Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives by the Dayton Art Institute in March 2022.

Processing Information

The scrapbook pages are unbound, approximately 8.5" x 11" in size. Archival preservation measures included interleaving on pages where newsprint faced better quality paper (such as a printed program/catalog) and creating a custom cardstock enclosure.



Guide to the Katherine Gunckel Loy Dayton Art Exhibitions Scrapbook (SC-378)
Lisa Rickey
2022 Oct 4
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA