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A Dayton Metro Library RFP for Artwork
Open To: Regional Artists (250-mile radius of Dayton, OH)
Commission Amount: $20,000 is budgeted for all artworks at this Branch
Entry Open Date: August 12, 2018
Entry Deadline: October 15, 2018
Commissions Announced: November 2018
Project Completion: January 2020

Project Summary: The Dayton Metro Library (DML) and The Dayton Art Institute (DAI) seek to commission site-specific pieces of artwork for one or more spaces in the Trotwood Branch Library with a targeted opening January 2020.

Artists are invited to propose newly created artworks conceived in response to the two artworks below, held in the DAI’s permanent collection. The inspiration pieces were selected from the results of voting by community members, and particularly patrons of the Trotwood Branch, on two favorites of six DAI artworks. Artists may develop a response to one or both artworks. Any aspect can be utilized as source material for the submission (color, material, style, content, context, composition, etc.). From the submissions, 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 by November 15, 2018 and complete the work by the December 2020.

Wiener Werkstätte, Austrian, Vienna (1903 – 1933), CENTERPIECE, c 1908, Porcelain with underglaze and silver enamel, Height: 11 inches, The Dayton Art Institute, Museum purchase with funds provided by the James F. Dicke Family, 1998.28

The enrichment of everyday life with splendidly designed and crafted objects was central to the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop), founded in 1903 by Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann. Vienna was a major center for architecture, painting, design and the decorative arts in the early 20th century. The patterns of ovals, dots and lines are modern in their application, simple yet visually leading the viewer’s eyes up and around the various surface planes. The function of this centerpiece was traditional, used to hold fruit or flowers, and the figures supporting the shallow oval bowl are a motif from antiquity called caryatids, which are support columns designed as female figures.

Why was this work chosen? Trotwood prides itself on its diversity and strong sense of community. Centerpiece evokes beauty in contrast through black and white patterns and strength in unity as a central pillar and columns collectively lift a bowl. The piece reflects iconic architecture which residents hope the Library will exemplify through bold and forward-thinking design.

John Safer, American (b. 1922), PATHWAY, 2002, stainless steel, 65 ft. Gift of John and Joy Safer, 2002.47

A veteran of the Air Force, Safer has explored the theme of flight in many of his sculptures. Pathway is dedicated to the spirit of the Wright Brothers and was donated to the Dayton Art Institute to commemorate the 100th anniversary of flight. Soaring nearly seventy feet into the Dayton sky, Safer’s Pathway welcomes visitors into the museum for an adventure of discovery and launches them back out into the world for further explorations.

Why was this work chosen? The Trotwood community expressed a desire for their new Branch to be a beacon and a focal point for the city, setting a path for economic development. Like the sculpture invites discovery, the Library offers endless opportunities for learning to pursue new possibilities and to soar to great heights.



Architectural rendering of new Trotwood Branch Library

Artistic Goals of the Project: The future 13,000 square foot Trotwood Branch celebrates its civic role in the community with an exciting and forward-looking design. The new library faces towards East Main Street serving as a beacon and offering a strong sense of place. The architectural design employs geometric expression with a cozy interior. Designated children, teen, and adult areas fan off from the central marketplace, which is light-filled, open and spacious. The new building encourages pedestrian travel and positions the library as a community “living room” – a place to interact, share, and connect. The new Branch will offer more amenities including: a quiet reading room, a dedicated teen space, a larger children’s area, study rooms, an information commons, and an after-hours accessible community meeting room.

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. The committee welcomes, but in no way, requires submissions that relate to the mission of Dayton Metro Library or that may provide a springboard for educational programming and/or current or future collaborative learning opportunities.

Practical Considerations: The artwork must be durable and easily maintained. Some potential locations for artwork will be accessible to Library patrons. Four locations for artwork are shown on the attached renderings from Ruetschle Architects along with their dimensions. Dimensions are given to show the maximum size possible for the work. Architectural plans are still subject to revision.

Submissions: Proposals will only be accepted electronically, in the form of a single pdf of no more than 10 pages and no more than 10 MB. Proposals must include the following and be organized in the order below:

  1. A sketch and narrative explanation of the proposed artwork
  2. Explanation of relationship between DAI inspiration art and proposed artwork
  3. Size range for suggested location with maximum budget including installation costs
  4. Four to six images of completed artwork, preferably of similar scale and material, including title, media and size
  5. Brief artist’s CV or biography (2 pages maximum)

Additional Information: Susan Anable is The Dayton Art Institute’s project manager for ReImagining Works. She will hold an informational meeting for artists on Saturday, August 25 at 11:00 AM at the DAI. Ruetschle architecture firm will be there to review the building plans and answer questions. This is a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the building space with the art locations and to see the DAI inspiration pieces in person! Additionally, Susan will schedule individual, 15-minute phone calls with artists on Monday, August 27 between 4:00 and 6:00 pm.

Please note that if you have specific questions about your project prior to the DAI meeting feel free to email Susan at

R.S.V.P. for the meeting and/or schedule a time to discuss your proposal or ask questions by emailing

Click here for for PDF of the RFP with architectural renderings.


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