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ReImagining Works: Choose the Art that will Inspire the Artists

for the New Southeast Branch Library

vote southeastReImagining Works places original art installations in each new or newly-remodeled Dayton Metro Library. The public is invited to choose pieces from the Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection to serve as inspiration for artists to re-imagine when creating new pieces for permanent display at the Libraries.

Patrons of the Belmont and East Branch Libraries in Dayton are encouraged to vote December 12 - January 9 on the artwork that will serve as inspiration for new pieces at the Southeast Branch Library. This Library will be a completely new facility, a consolidation of the Belmont and East Branches, and will be located near Belmont High School.

Voters will choose two pieces from among five options in the DAI Collection. The options are a Georgia O’Keefe painting called Purple Leaves, a contemporary glass and mixed-media piece by Therman Statom, a wooden slit gong from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an abstract work by Milton Avery and a contemporary still life by Janet Fish. Images of all five options, descriptions and their rationale for inclusion can be found on the Library’s website at

Votes can be cast in person at the East Branch Library, 2008 Wyoming Street, the Belmont Branch Library, 1041 Watervliet Avenue or online at Once the pieces have been chosen by the public, artist proposals will be requested.
Finished ReImagining Works art has been installed at the Electra C. Doren, Miami Township, Northwest, New Lebanon, Brookville, Kettering-Moraine and Vandalia Branch Libraries.

"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."

ReImagining Works is made possible by an anonymous bequest to integrate original art and innovative programming at the 17 new and renovated Dayton Metro Library buildings.

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