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 RFPs for Four Buildings

  • New Lebanon – Front porches, wide streets, and sweeping views of field and wood give this town a welcoming feel. The new library will be a neighborhood landmark and community gathering space located on a large tract at its current site on Main Street/State Route 35.

  • Brookville – This proud, growing community focused on heritage and family values will enjoy a larger library adjacent to the newly built public school campus. The new branch will complement the classic school buildings, while establishing an exciting identity of its own.

  • Kettering-Moraine – Located on a main thoroughfare in the south suburbs of Dayton, this busy library will be renovated to maximize public space, create a more impactful street presence, and improve access and parking in its landlocked but highly convenient location.

  • Vandalia – Plans call for relocating the branch within the Vandalia-Butler schools campus, just north of where it currently resides. The new, larger building will have a stronger street presence, more parking and improved access for this high-volume reading community.

The Requests for Proposals:

  • Objects from the Dayton Art Institute's permanent collection to be utilized as source material will be specific to each building and included in the RFPs.
  • Architectural firms Poe, Ruetschle and Levin Porter will offer as much information as possible as to art locations, which will be included in the RFP. Descriptions will include dimensional ranges, surfaces, structural elements and lighting conditions, as known.
  • An art budget and number of desired artworks for each building will be included in the RFP.
  • These RFPs will run concurrently from December 4, 2014, through February 6, 2015.
  • Artists will be asked to provide:
    • A sketch and narrative explanation of the proposed artwork
    • Explanation of relationship between source material and proposed artwork
    • Size range and type of appropriate location with associated budget ranges
    • Four to six images of completed artwork, preferably of similar scale and material
    • Artist's CV or biography

Library patrons and community members will vote from November 5-26, 2014.

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The Process

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. Three simultaneous Requests for Proposals (RFPs) have also been completed for three separate buildings: Main Library (downtown), the Miami Township and Northwest branches. All commissioned pieces have been 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 outline the art opportunity spaces for that building, as determined at that time by the building architects. Additionally, there may be 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.


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