The ReImagining Works project invites local artists to create new pieces for permanent display in all the Dayton Metro Library branches, inspired by existing works in the Dayton Art Institute’s collection. Public vote determines which pieces are to be re-imagined.
Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library patrons and community members are encouraged to vote May 1-28 to determine two DAI pieces that will serve as inspiration for reinterpretation at their Library. Votes can be cast in person at the Library, located at 3980 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, or online at DaytonMetroLibrary.org.
There are five options from which to choose, including the glass sculpture Bold Endeavor by Jon Kuhn, and the oil on canvas painting Red Circle, by Dwinell Grant. Many of the works feature strong geometry and lines, reminiscent of the intersection of streets from which the Library takes its name. Images of each piece, along with the rationale for its potential as inspiration for the Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library, are included on the Library’s website at DaytonMetroLibrary.org.
Once the inspirational pieces have been chosen by the public, artist proposals will be requested. Finished ReImagining Works art has been installed at the Electra C. Doren, Miami Township, Northwest, New Lebanon, Brookville, Kettering-Moraine, Vandalia and Miamisburg Branch Libraries.
"Libraries and museums are both places of discovery," said Tim Kambitsch, Library Executive Director. "ReImagining Works provides a unique partnership which benefits two community treasures - The Dayton Metro Library and The Dayton Art Institute."
ReImagining Works is made possible by an anonymous bequest intended to enhance the 17 new and newly-renovated Dayton Metro Library buildings. You can read more about ReImagining Works here and be sure to vote below.