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Are you an artist looking to get involved?

Artists who fill out the Intent to Apply form will automatically receive the latest RFP by email. Artists are also invited to attend a meeting at the DAI to view the inspirational artwork and to meet the project architect. This is an opportunity for artists to gain a better understanding of the library space and to see the inspiration artwork in person. Phone calls can also be scheduled with the ReImagining Works Project Manager to answer any questions and offer assistance to artists.

Current RFPs

West Branch Library Project Details for Artists

mapRead Full West RFP here

Open To: Regional Artists (250-mile radius of Dayton, OH)
Commission Amount: $40,000 is budgeted for all artworks at this Branch
Entry Open Date: August 16, 2020
Entry Deadline: October 18, 2020
Commissions Announced: November 2020
Project Completion: October 2021
Project Summary: The Dayton Metro Library (DML) and The Dayton Art Institute (DAI) seek to commission sitespecific pieces of artwork for one or more spaces in the West Branch Library with a targeted opening of October 2021.

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 Westwood and Madden Hills Branches, 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 23, 2020 and complete the work by the September 2021. Read Full West RFP here

DAI Commissions have been awarded for the new Main Library, Electra C. Doren, Miami Township, Northwest, Brookville, New Lebanon, Kettering Moraine, Vandalia, Miamisburg, West Carrollton, Southeast, Trotwood and Wilmington-Stroop Branches. Other additional opportunities will be announced over the next two years. If you plan to submit a proposal for any of the projects, we encourage you to fill out an Intent to Apply form now. This will allow you to receive information about each of the RFP's as they become available.

Send completed proposals to Susan Anable at:

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