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