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What is ReImagining Works?

An actor re-invents an author's character.
A vocalist re-styles a composer's melody.
Now artists will re-imagine a classic work of art from the collection of the Dayton Art Institute, in newly created artwork for permanent display at each of our new Libraries.

Artworks from the Dayton Art Institute's permanent collection are selected by a committee to reflect unique elements of each new library building's design, setting and history. These are displayed on the Library's Web site, and patrons are invited to vote for their favorite. Two of these artworks are then put forward in a Request for Proposals (RFP) as inspiration pieces, and artists respond with their own unique vision of artwork to create for the library.

 Request for Proposals Now Open for Brookville and New Lebanon Branch Libraries

ReImagining Works is a partnership between Dayton Metro Library and The Dayton Art Institute to enhance the new Library facilities. Original interior and/or exterior artwork is being commissioned for the new Main Library and all 16 Branches. The commissioned pieces are being conceived in response to artwork held in the permanent collection of The Dayton Art Institute. The commissioned work will be owned by the Dayton Metro Library and displayed in the new buildings.

The process begins at each location with community members, and particularly patrons of the library, voting on their favorite DAI artworks. Selected artworks are then included in the Request for Proposals for the artists to utilize as source material for the submission.

Here are the pieces chosen to provide inspiration for the current round. Click below on the links below to learn more about the artwork.



To date artworks have been selected for commission at the new Main Library and three branches – Electra C. Doren, Northwest, and Miami TownshipRead more here.


The first ReImagining Works project is on process now. The artwork will enhance the new terrace being installed as part of the renovation of the historic Electra C. Doren Branch Library building in Old North Dayton. Artist Darren Kall drew inspiration from the painting Stacks in Celebration, by Charles Sheeler. Kall will create six metal cutout panels to be incorporated into the terrace fence. Each panel will depict a current or past neighborhood landmarks.

Follow Darren's progress on his blog here.

Artists: fill out the Intent to Apply form to receive notice of future Requests for Proposals.

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