The Dayton Metro Library and The Dayton Art Institute have selected proposals from several artists to create original art installations for the Main Library, the new Northwest Branch Library, and the Miami Township Branch Library. Eventually, each new or newly-remodeled Dayton Metro Library location will have an original art installation resulting from ReImagining Works, a collaboration between the Library and the Art Institute.
ReImagining Works invites local artists to use pieces from the Dayton Art Institute's permanent collection as inspiration for new artwork, to be installed at the Libraries. It is made possible by an anonymous bequest intended to integrate original art and innovative programming at the 17 new or renovated Library buildings.
"Libraries and museums are both places of discovery," said Tim Kambitsch, Library Executive Director. "ReImagining Works provides a unique partnership which benefits two community treasures - The Dayton Metro Library and The Dayton Art Institute."
For the Main Library, Monet's Waterlilies, as well as Nam June Pak's Four Decades and the Peruvian Mummy Mask, served as the inspiration and six artist proposals were accepted:
Terry Welker, Kettering – A large, kinetic sculpture of wire and acrylic prisms representing rain to hang between the two main staircases and three floors of the Main Library's Atrium.
Susan Byrnes, Cincinnati – A 360 square foot tile piece featuring reflectivity and fragmentation, for the east wall of the Great Reading Room.
Andrea Myers, Columbus – Six fabric collages, referencing the brush strokes and colors of Waterlilies, for the south wall of the Great Reading Room.
Gretchen Durst Jacobs, Dayton – An oil painting inspired by both Waterlilies and Four Decades, inset on the west wall of the Park Reading Room.
Katherine Kadish, Yellow Springs – An oil painting connecting the elements of water, sky, and landscape for the north wall of the Quiet Reading Room.
Paula Wilmot Kraus, Dayton – A large, floral photomural for the Park Reading Room.
Two pieces, Relief Fragment from Persepolis and the Kuosi Elephant Mask, were the inspiration for artwork at the new Northwest Branch Library. Four artist proposals were accepted:
Virginia Kistler, Columbus – A 10-foot diameter circular piece to serve as a visual hub for the café space.
Amy Kollar-Anderson, Dayton – A whimsical acrylic painting which not only references the inspiration pieces but components of the former Fairview High School as well, for a wall near the Opportunity Space.
Marsha Monroe-Pippenger, Dayton – Two paper collage-on-canvas triptychs representing the three library branches, joined to form the new Northwest Branch.
Francis Schanberger, Dayton – 50 photographs using historic photographic methods and printed on handmade paper, for the walls of the Quiet Reading Area.
The Ritual Wine Vessel (jue) from the Shang Dinasty was the inspiration for Dayton artist Stefan Chinov's outdoor sculptural grouping, to be situated near the front entrance of the Miami Township Branch Library.
Read more about ReImagining Works at DaytonMetroLibrary.org/works.