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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - Artwork for the New Northmont Branch Library

The Dayton Metro Library and The Dayton Art Institute seek to commission site-specific art installations for the new Northmont Branch Library in Englewood. Proposals will be accepted through October 25, and the commissions will be announced in November. Detailed information about this Request for Proposals can be found here.

artnmReImagining 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. Artists are invited to propose newly created artworks conceived in response to two artworks from the DAI’s permanent collection. These inspiration pieces were chosen by public vote, particularly Northmont Branch Library patrons. Artists may develop a response to one or all artworks.

The inspiration pieces are Nightwood, an acrylic on canvas created by Kenneth Noland, and Dragonfly Lamp, a leaded glass and bronze lamp created by Clara Driscoll for Tiffany Studios.

The newly designed 20,000 square foot Northmont Branch Library will be located at 700 West National Road, Englewood. Proposed artworks 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, and stimulating environment.

From the proposals received, the DML ReImagining Works Committee will select the winning artists, who will meet with DML and DAI staff, architects, and construction representatives to confirm plans for the commission. The artists will be required to sign a Letter of Agreement and complete their work by August 2022.

Susan Anable is the Dayton Art Institute’s project manager for ReImagining Works. Artists may email Susan at with questions about the project or the art locations.

For more information on the RFP, click here. 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.

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