About the Trotwood Art Installation and Artists

Michael J. Bashaw (b. 1949) American, STRENGTH IN UNITY, 2019, Vinyl, aluminum, metal binder rings, Collection of the Dayton Metro Library, 2020.1

Dayton sculptor and musician Michael Bashaw is known for his Sound Sculpture concerts, featuring his large-scale metal sculptures that function as musical instruments, as well as numerous large-scale art installations and collaborative projects throughout the region. In this work, Bashaw responds to the bold black and white patterning seen in Centerpiece. Several thousand rhomboid shapes hang vertically in multiple layers creating depth and complexity.  The dynamic use of black further references Centerpiece and adds to the sculpture’s rhythm.

About the Artist

MICHAEL BASHAW is a sculptor and musician well-known for his performances, sculptures, collaborations and workshops. He has been a featured artist at hundreds of venues and events. Bashaw’s sculptures are found in many private collections and public installations and his work has been inventoried by the Smithsonian Art Museum. He has performed with his Sound Sculpture Concert Ensemble and his quintet Puzzle of Light throughout the US and in Europe. In 2012, Bashaw was recognized for his outstanding work in arts education, when he was named Ohio Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for Individual Artist. For more information about this artist please visit:, opens a new window

Dwayne Daniel (b. 1961) American, PATHWAY TO CREATIVITY AND DISCOVERY, 2019, Inkjet print, Collection of the Dayton Metro Library, 2020.2

 Dayton artist Dwayne Daniel is a painter and graphic designer known for his portrayals of African Americans. Daniel’s narrative works celebrate the essential but often unrecognized achievements of African Americans in our shared history. In this work, Daniel applies his understanding of traditional painting techniques to this digital painting as he celebrates the courage of Ruby Bridges, the first African American child to desegregate an all-white school in New Orleans and the Tuskegee Airman, the fist African American airmen allowed to  pilot fighter jets in WW II.

About the Artist

DWAYNE DANIEL graduated with honors from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and received his MFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University and serves as coordinator of the fine arts component of the Central State University Center of Excellence, as declared by the Ohio Board of Regents. Daniel is the recipient of many art awards, including being selected as a 2011 Top Ten African American Male for Dayton and the Miami Valley Region. In 2013 he was honored as a Dayton Skyscraper (An African American Visual Artists Tribute to African American Heroes of Dayton, Ohio). In 2017 Dwayne was among the inaugural inductees into the Paul Laurence Dunbar Alumni Wall of Fame.  

Nick C. Stamas (b. 1945) American, RHYTHMS THAT UNITE, 2019, Alkyd oil on canvas, Collection of the Dayton Metro Library, 2020.3

Dayton artist Nick Stamas paints in an expressive, colorful style exploring themes developed from his experiences with people, everyday situations and observations. Reflecting on Pathway’s inspiration to soar and the diversity of the patterns that are seen in Centerpiece, Stamas creates a visual montage representing an eclectic range of music and musicians all in sync yet expressing different points of view. Employing an energized composition and vibrant color Rhythms That Unite, celebrates the power of music to inspire community.

About the Artist

Nick C. Stamas is a professional artist with a degree from the Dayton Art Institute. He is the former president and creative director of Graphica Design and Communications Group, offering corporate design and marketing solutions to Fortune 500 companies nationally and internationally. Prior to becoming Graphica’s president, Stamas was an illustrator and designer, traveling extensively in Europe for several clients as an art director and design consultant. For more information about this artist please visit:

Judy Campbell White (b. 1959) American, THE FOUR STAGES OF THE SOUL IN WOMANHOOD, 2019, Acrylic on board, Collection of the Dayton Metro Library, 2020.4

 Dayton artist Judy Campbell White is a painter and printmaker. THE FOUR STAGES OF THE SOUL IN WOMANHOOD reflects her interest in the female figure as subject matter and pays homage to the original women of the Vienna workshop as well as forgotten women artists of the past. Inspired by the female caryatids supporting the bowl of the Centerpiece, White depicts four women in various stages of life – daughter/sister, young wife/mother, mother/aunt and grandmother. This work celebrates the essential role women play as nurturer and creator.

About the Artist

PAULA KRAUS | Dayton artist, Paula Kraus is currently Gallery Coordinator at Rosewood Arts Centre in Kettering.  She holds an MA in Photography from Antioch University and a BS from Pennsylvania State University.  Kraus’ photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally, including The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Fort Wayne Museum, Tiffin University, Riffe Gallery, and Eastern Washington University.  She has been awarded two Montgomery County Individual Artist Fellowships and one Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. For more information, please visit:

The Stories Behind the Trotwood Art Inspiration

From the Collection of the Dayton Art Institute

John Safer, American (b. 1922), PATHWAY, 2002, stainless steel, 65 ft. Gift of John and Joy Safer, 2002.47

A veteran of the Air Force, Safer has explored the theme of flight in many of his sculptures. Pathway is dedicated to the spirit of the Wright Brothers and was donated to the Dayton Art Institute to commemorate the 100th anniversary of flight. Soaring nearly seventy feet into the Dayton sky, Safer’s Pathway welcomes visitors into the museum for an adventure of discovery and launches them back out into the world for further explorations.

View this artwork and learn more by clicking here, opens a new window or visit The Dayton Art Institute.

Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858 – 1925) American, Valley in Spring, 1920, Oil on canvas, 35 7/8 x 36 inches, The Dayton Art Institute, Gift of Mr. John B. Hayward, 1929.3      

The pastel palette, feathery brushwork and soft light are characteristic of Willard Metcalf’s impressionistic paintings. This painting’s tranquil mood and delicate, airy landscape make it easy to understand why Metcalf was called the “poet laureate” of New England.

Rationale for inclusion: Grassy lands for farming along the Great Miami River attracted the early settlers to West Carrollton. This painting complements the park-like setting of the West Carrollton library.

How did these pieces inspired our artists?

Pathway to Creativity and Discovery is inspired by John Safer’s Pathway which is dedicated to the spirit of the Wright Brothers. My composition is designed to be a snapshot of children learning about some of the tremendous contributions by great African Americans.  Dwayne Daniel, artist

I was attracted to the positive/negative patterns in the columns of Centerpiece. My work explores the how elements can be combined to demonstrate how harmony can be created within diversity. Michael J. Bashaw, artist

Using the women shown on the Centerpiece as inspiration and a similar limited color palette, my work honors the lives of women, shown here in four stages, daughter, young mother, older mother, and grandmother. I was reminded that women hold up the world, the world of home, of hearth and of family. Judy Campbell White, artist

The patterns and textures of Centerpiece are reminiscent of the cultural backgrounds of varying musicians who retain their individuality while blending their talents with other artists to create moving music scores. Pathway, dedicated to the spirit of the Wright Brothers, inspires musicians to soar, to invite discovery and opportunity for the listener in every note. Nick Stamas, artist


Photos of ReImagining Works pieces taken by Andy Snow.

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