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‘Christmas On the Homefront’ On Display In Lancaster Through Dec. 30

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On Friday, November 23 the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio opened their 2018 holiday exhibition, curated once again by regional historian and retired history teacher Dr. George Johnson and his wife, Jeannie. This year the theme is Christmas on the Home Front, celebrating the unique aspects of what holiday celebrations looked like while the United… Read More

‘Imagining a Better World: the Artwork of Nelly Toll’ at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

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From 1943 to 1945, young artist Nelly Toll was in hiding from Nazis occupying Lwow, Poland with her mother, the two of them often sharing but a small, bare room. Throughout that time, Toll was armed with only a set of watercolors and her imagination, resulting in dozens of beautiful and fascinating images. Forty archival… Read More

Now I Obsessively Count the Words: Speaking With Writer Larry Smith

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Writer Larry Smith has always believed that the most interesting things are other people. Even before social media made it possible to keep tabs on everything your ex-best friends eat for lunch, Smith was working to find a way to make story telling easy and inviting in the digital age. He found inspiration in the literary legend… Read More

PHOTOS: DACO’s Creating the Illusion Exhibition

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Costumes within the context of film and theater are more than just pretty to look at. They imply nuances to the characters they cover, and have the potential to create a greater emotional depth without any unnecessary exposition. Through August 12 the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will spotlight some particularly cultural relevant costumes in their exhibition… Read More

DACO Opens ‘Creating the Illusion’ Exhibition May 19

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Opening on May 19, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will showcase some of the most impressive and culturally relevant costumes from films of the past 30 years in their new exhibition “Creating the Illusion,” curated by Paramount Films archivist and former Ohio University Lancaster student Randall Thropp. The exhibition features everything from one of… Read More

‘Artists of the Winding Road’ at DACO Jan. 20 – April 15

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What does it mean to be an Appalachian artist? This is one of the primary questions explored by the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio’s first exhibition of 2018, entitled Artists of the Winding Road A-Z. The exhibition features the work of 12 regional artists, displaying talents as varied as oil painting to ceramics, and was co-curated… Read More

DACO to Host Vibrant Mix of Exhibitions in 2018


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The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio is proud to bring three innovative exhibitions to Lancaster, Ohio in 2018, on themes including Appalachian Ohio, costumes from the Paramount Pictures’ archives and Holocaust-era children’s artwork. The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio has announced its 2018 exhibitions, which will begin Jan. 20, 2018. Each exhibition will have related… Read More