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West Carrollton Branch Library Project Details for Artists

A Dayton Metro Library RFP for Artwork

mapOpen To: Regional Artists (250 mile radius of Dayton, OH)

Commission Amount: $25,000 is budgeted for all artworks at this Branch

Entry Open Date: November 2, 2016

Entry Deadline: January 6, 2017

Commissions Announced:  January 23, 2017

Project Completion:  Summer, 2018

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 West Carrollton Branch Library with a targeted opening in the spring of 2018. Click here for the FULL RFP and Additional Images

Artists are invited to propose newly created artworks conceived in response to one of the two artworks below, held in the DAI permanent collection.  The inspiration pieces were selected from the results of voting by community members, and particularly patrons of the West Carrollton Branch Library, on their 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 March of 2017 and complete the work by the summer of 2018.

manshipPaul Manship (1885-1966) American, Indian Hunter with his Dog, 1926, Bronze with marble base, 23 ¾ x 23 x 8 ½ inches, The Dayton Art Institute, Bequest of the Honorable Jefferson Patterson, 1979.96

One of Paul Manship’s most popular bronzes, this is a scale reduction of an outdoor sculpture located in Manship’s hometown, St. Paul, Minnesota. Manship’s interest in naturalism is evident, the simplification of detail and sleek highly polished surface lend an abstract quality to the piece. Manship’s work can be seen as bridging the gap between tradition and modernism. While his subjects were drawn from traditional sources such as classical mythology, his streamlined forms reflected a modern outlook.

Rationale for inclusion: This newly remodeled library can be seen as a bridge between the traditional library and the 21st century library; one that incorporates elements essential to the new century, access, technology and community spaces. This work also evokes the former strong Native American presence in this area and the earthworks discovered in West Carrollton.

Rationale for inclusion: This newly remodeled library can be seen as a bridge between the traditional library and the 21st century library; one that incorporates elements essential to the new century, access, technology and community spaces. This work also evokes the former strong Native American presence in this area and the earthworks discovered in West Carrollton.


metcalfWillard Leroy Metcalf (1858 – 1925) American, Valley in Spring, 1920, Oil on canvas, 35 7/8 x 36 inches, The Dayton Art Institute, Gift of Mr. John B. Hayward, 1929.3

The pastel palette, feathery brushwork and soft light are characteristic of Willard Metcalf’s impressionistic paintings. This painting’s tranquil mood and delicate, airy landscape make it easy to understand why Metcalf was called the “poet laureate” of New England.

Rationale for inclusion: Grassy lands for farming along the Great Miami River attracted the early settlers to West Carrollton. This painting complements the park-like setting of the West Carrollton library.

Artistic Goals of the Project: The West Carrollton Branch Library will be remodeled with several additions bringing the overall area to approximately 15,000 sq. ft.  Capitalizing on the surrounding green space, the new building will have expansive glass windows, a raised roofline with skylights and a new entry way shared with the Government Center. Offering more amenities; including a quiet reading room, a dedicated teen space, a larger children’s area, study rooms, and an after-hours accessible community meeting room the library is positioned to engage all its patrons.

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.  Art opportunities at the West Carrollton Branch include the area below the 5 skylights for a suspended work, a large interior wall in the central Marketplace, a wall in the Adult Area, and a space for a 3-D work in the newly designed and built vestibule which is the entryway for the library and the Government Center. The attached renderings from Levin Porter Associates illustrate these potential locations for artwork along with their dimensions.  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
  5. Brief artist’s CV or biography ( 2 pages maximum)

Click here for the FULL RFP and Additional Images

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, November 12 at 11:30 at the DAI.  Matt Franklin from Levin Porter Associates architecture firm will also 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, Ms. Anable will schedule individual, 15-minute phone calls with artists on Monday, November 14 between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

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

 

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