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What is ReImagining Works?

ReImagining Works is a partnership between the Dayton Metro Library and The Dayton Art Institute to acquire original artwork for each of the Dayton Metro Library’s newly built or renovated branches. Giving creativity a central place in the “re-imagining” of the traditional role of the library, the Library is offering regional artists the opportunity to create a new work inspired by an artwork held in the permanent collection of The Dayton Art Institute. Bringing two of Dayton’s iconic institutions together, both places of discovery, inspiration and knowledge, ReImagining Works pays homage to artistic traditions of the past while creating art for the future.

nwartHow does it work?

Artwork from The Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection is selected drawing on each location’s history, geography, culture, and architecture. These artworks are displayed on the library’s website as well as in the designated library and patrons are invited to vote for their favorite. Two chosen artworks are then put forward in a Request for Proposals (RFP) as inspiration pieces for the creation of new art to be displayed in designated spaces in the newly designed  library. Artists respond with their own unique vision of artwork related in some way to one or both of the inspiration artworks. Proposals are reviewed by the Library Art Committee and evaluated based on artistic merit, as well as connection to the inspiration piece(s) and connection to the site.

How to Get Involved

Artists who fill out the Intent to Apply form will automatically receive the latest RFP by email. Artists are also invited to attend a meeting at the DAI to view the inspirational artwork and to meet the project architect. This is an opportunity for artists to gain a better understanding of the library space and to see the inspiration artwork in person. Phone calls can also be scheduled with the ReImagining Works Project Manager to answer any questions and offer assistance to artists.

Commissions Awarded

Click on the name of the branch below to browse the install artworks.

Works Installed

Electra C. Doren Branch Libary
Darren Kall

Miami Township Branch Libary
Stefan Chinov

Northwest Branch Libary
Amy Kollar Anderson
Marsha Pippenger
Virginia Kistler
Francis Schanberger

Vandalia Branch Libary
Mike Elsass
Suzanne Ley
Stephen Canneto

New Lebanon Branch Libary
James Michael Kahle
Shon Walters
Amy Kollar Anderson

Brookville Brach Libary
Darren Kall
Ron Rollins
James Michael Kahle
Suzanne Ley

Kettering Moraine Branch Library
Gail Christofferson
Debra Buchanan
Marsha Pippenger
Mike Elsass
Miamisburg Branch Libary
Amy Kollar Anderson
Susan Byrnes
Daren Haper
Mychaelyn Michalec

Main Branch Libary
Susan Byrnes
Gretchen Durst Jacobs
Katherine Kadish
Paula Kraus
Andrea Myers
Terry Welker

West Carrollton Branch Libary
Jennifer Rosergarten
Gary Hinsche
Ron Geibert

Still in Progress

Southeast Branch Libary
Gail Christofferson
Andera Myers
Kate Huser Santucci
Annie Lee Zimerlee
Chris Welker

Suzanne Ley & Susan Cannon
Brent Back
Paula Kraus
Dan Cleary

Michael Bashaw
Nick Stamas
Judy Campbell White

Artworks Installed

Click on the name of the branch for more information

2014    Electra C. Doren Branch Library

2015    Miami Township Branch Library

2016    Northwest Branch Library

2016    Vandalia Branch Library

2016    Kettering-Moraine Branch Library

2016    New Lebanon Branch Library

2016    Brookville Branch Library

2017    Main Library

2017    Miamisburg Branch Library


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


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