The Dayton Metro Library and The Dayton Art Institute seek to commission site-specific artwork for the new Trotwood Branch Library, which will be located at 855 E. Main Street in Trotwood. Proposals will be accepted August 12 through October 15, and the commissions will be announced in November.
ReImagining Works is a partnership between the Library and the DAI to acquire original artwork for each of the Dayton Metro Library’s new or renovated locations. Susan Anable is The Dayton Art Institute’s project manager for ReImagining Works.
“We are excited to share the latest RFP for the Trotwood Branch, which offers four highly visible spaces for artwork,” said Anable. “Since the project began in 2014, we have commissioned 32 works of art to enhance the vibrancy of our new and remodeled Dayton Metro Libraries.”
For the Trotwood Branch, regional artists (within a 250-mile radius of Dayton, Ohio) are invited to propose new artwork in response to two inspirational pieces in the DAI’s permanent collection: Centerpiece by Wiener Werkstätte, and Pathway by John Safer. These pieces were chosen by community vote, particularly by patrons of the Trotwood Branch Library, to represent their unique community and Library.
An informational meeting for artists is scheduled for Saturday, August 25, 11:00 a.m. at the DAI. Ruetschle Architects will be on hand to review the building plans and answer questions.
“This is a great opportunity for artists to gain a better understanding of the building space and art locations, and also see the DAI inspiration pieces in person,” said Anable, who is also available for individual phone conversation with artists on Monday, August 27, between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.
The newly designed 13,000 square foot Trotwood Branch Library has a targeted opening date of January 2020. The architecture employs geometric expression with a cozy interior. Amenities include a quiet reading room, dedicated teen space, a larger children’s area, study rooms, an information commons, and an after-hours accessible community meeting room.
Proposed artwork should reflect the distinctive personality of this location; resonate with people of all ages and backgrounds; inspire collaboration, learning and creativity; and contribute to an inviting, engaging, stimulating environment. The ReImagining Works Committee welcomes submissions that relate to the mission of Dayton Metro Library or that provide a springboard for educational programming or collaborative learning opportunities.
“Supporting our community of artists while making our libraries warmer and more inviting places is a win-win for our city,” said Anable. “What a great legacy for an artist to have their work on view in a public space in their hometown.”
ReImagining Works is made possible by an anonymous bequest. More information about the project, including photos of installations at completed Libraries, can be found here.