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What is ReImagining Works?

An actor re-invents an author's character.
A vocalist re-styles a composer's melody.
Now artists will re-imagine a classic work of art from the collection of the Dayton Art Institute, in newly created artwork for permanent display at each of our new Libraries.

Artworks from the Dayton Art Institute's permanent collection are selected by a committee to reflect unique elements of each new library building's design, setting and history. These are displayed on the Library's Web site, and patrons are invited to vote for their favorite. Two of these artworks are then put forward in a Request for Proposals (RFP) as inspiration pieces, and artists respond with their own unique vision of artwork to create for the library.

Voting for Brookville, New Lebanon, Vandalia and Kettering-Moraine has ended. Check back soon for updates on which pieces won. Thanks for participating.

Voting for this round ends on November 26th. An RFP for each of these four buildings will be issued in December.

To date artworks have been selected for commission at the new Main Library and three branches – Electra C. Doren, Northwest, and Miami TownshipRead more here.


The first ReImagining Works project is on process now. The artwork will enhance the new terrace being installed as part of the renovation of the historic Electra C. Doren Branch Library building in Old North Dayton. Artist Darren Kall drew inspiration from the painting Stacks in Celebration, by Charles Sheeler. Kall will create six metal cutout panels to be incorporated into the terrace fence. Each panel will depict a current or past neighborhood landmarks.

Follow Darren's progress on his blog here.

Artists: fill out the Intent to Apply form to receive notice of future Requests for Proposals.

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