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Artists: “ReImagining Works” consists of 17 projects for the new libraries; original, commissioned interior and exterior artwork will be sought periodically for the next three years. The first project is underway at the Electra C. Doren branch. The ReImagining Works initiative continues with three simultaneous Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for three separate buildings. These RFPs are for Main Library (downtown), as well as the Miami Township and Northwest branches. All commissioned pieces will be conceived in response to an artwork held in the permanent collection of The Dayton Art Institute. The commissioned work will be owned by the Dayton Metro Library.

The process begins with community members, and particularly patrons of the library, voting on their favorite DAI artworks. Voting will take place for each building, and then selected artworks will be included in each full Request for Proposals. Any aspect of the selected artwork can be utilized as source material for the submission.  The RFP will also outline the art opportunity spaces for that building. Additionally, there is a theme or focus for each of the buildings, which will be outlined in the RFP.

The first step is to submit an “Intent to Apply.” If you plan to submit a proposal for any of the projects, we encourage you to fill out your Intent to Apply form now. Those who have filled out the form will receive email updates on projects underway and notice of new Request for Proposal postings. Each person should fill out the Intent to Apply form only once – not for each project or building.

We have PARTIALLY REISSUED the Northwest branch RFP for suspended artwork ONLY. The deadline for the proposal submissions is Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. After the Sept. 6 deadline, additional information may be requested for these suspended artworks. An artist or the artist's representative may be required to be available to present to the committee on Monday, Sept. 15. Access the RFP below:

Northwest Library RFP REISSUE (PDF)

RFP submissions will only be accepted electronically, as a single PDF of no more than 10MB. Send by email to the project coordinator; you will receive a return email acknowledgement when received. DAI and DML employees and their immediate families are not eligible to apply for commissions. Proposals must include the following:

  • A sketch and narrative explanation of the proposed artwork
  • Explanation of relationship between source material and proposed artwork
  • Proposed location of artwork, with a schedule of materials; include unusual attachment to existing surface or special lighting
  • Artist's CV, biography and information about similar projects completed
  • Six to nine images of completed artwork of similar scale and material
  • A budget, showing that all artist's or artists' fees, materials, creation and installation costs will be covered by the requested amount.

Jane A. Black, Director of Engagement at The Dayton Art Institute. The Dayton Art Institute is the project manager for ReImagining Works. She will hold two informational meetings at DAI for artists: on Friday, July 18, 4-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 26, 2-3:30 p.m. AdditionallyShe will hold one informational meetings at DAI for artists: on Thursday, August 28, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Additionally, Ms. Black will schedule individual, 15-minute phone calls with artists on Monday, Aug. 25, 2 to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 3, 4:30-6:30 p.m. RSVP for the 8/28 meeting or schedule a time to discuss your proposal by emailing Jane Black.



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