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DML Magazine Summer 2020
Imagination Library

New Art Installations at Main Library in Downtown Dayton

The Dayton Metro Library will welcome two additional art installations in its Main Library in early 2019. The new pieces are part of ReImagining Works, a partnership with the Dayton Art Institute which commissions new public artwork at each Dayton Metro Library location.

Patrons of the Main Library chose the Dayton Art Institute’s Waterlilies by Claude Monet, Four Decades by Nam June Paik, and the Chimu Mummy Mask as inspiration for the new artwork.

“After a year in our new Main Library building, we recognized the opportunity for some additional art through this wonderful program,” said Jayne Klose, Community Engagement Manager.

The artists chosen are:

Michelle Stitzlein, Baltimore, Ohio. Stitzlein is a mixed media artist working in reclaimed/repurposed objects. Her proposed piece is a wall-hung sculpture to be installed over the fireplace in the Park Reading Room. Her piece will champion sustainability, innovation and recycling, and pay homage to the stream running through Huffmann Prairie in Dayton. The piece will be composed of miscellaneous scrap, used household goods, and outdated technology hardware. Stitzlein will invite the public to donate small personal items to be incorporated, including clothes, buttons, keys/keychains, antique furniture pieces, broken eyeglasses, game pieces, costume jewelry, broken china plates/saucers, and parts of old toys, appliances, bicycles or clocks.

Well-known Dayton artist Willis “Bing” Davis. Davis will create a large urban mask inspired by the Chimu Culture mask. Masks and the mask making have been a major part of Davis’ artistic career. Using found, discarded objects from the urban landscape as a source of energy and potential rather than as devoid of any value or use, Davis’ piece will invite the Library visitor to be inspired and see in new ways. Davis’ work will be featured in the Atrium near the Cooper Park entrance of the Main Library.

For more information on ReImagining Works, visit or call 937.463.2665.

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