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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.

In 2014 artworks have been selected for commission at the new Main Library and three branches – Electra C. Doren, Northwest, and Miami Township. In 2015 artworks have been selected for commission at Brookville, New Lebanon, Kettering-Moraine, Vandalia and Miamisburg  Read more about the 2014 and 2015 commissions here.Doren-Terrace-1

The first ReImagining Works project is now completed. The artwork is enhancing the new terrace at the recently renovated 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 created six metal cutout panels incorporated into the terrace fence. Each panel depicts a current or past neighborhood landmark.


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

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