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Southeast 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: $40,000 is budgeted for all artworks at this Branch
Entry Open Date: May 22, 2017    
Entry Deadline: July 14, 2017
Commissions Announced:  August 18, 2017
Project Completion:  Fall, 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 Southeast Branch Library with a targeted opening in the fall of 2018. Click here for the FULL RFP and Additional Images

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 Belmont and East Branches, 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 September of 2017 and complete the work by the fall of 2018.


okeeffeeGeorgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) American, PURPLE LEAVES, 1922, Oil on canvas on board, 9 x 12 x 3/8 inches, The Dayton Art Institute, Bequest of Virginia Rike Haswell, 1977.60

Purple Leaves reveals Georgia O’Keeffe’s distinctive style of combining representation with abstraction. She frequently isolated and magnified natural objects, enabling the viewer to observe the world in new ways. Her color choices reinforce her creative originality as she alters naturalistic expectations of them.

Rationale for inclusion:  Residents expressed a great fondness for the sycamore trees that rim the site of the new Southeast Branch.  The trees were incorporated into the landscape design.

To view this work, visit Gallery 203 at the DAI or go to 

shataomTherman Statom (b. 1953) American, OVALA MAREA, 2004, Assembled glass with blown glass fragments and painted mixed media, 146 x 74 x 9 1/4 inches, The Dayton Art Institute, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Medici Society, 2006.26

This 12-foot tall, assembled glass-work is comprised of 9 separate pieces of varying depth. Each contains its own composition using a variety of media, as Statom is a sculptor, glass artist and painter. Statom often includes found objects from daily life as well as his blown glass or cast glass objects. His intriguing combinations of materials and subjects are meant to be open to a variety of interpretations, inspiring curiosity and the imagination.

Rationale for inclusion: This work is comprised of 9 separate pieces each containing a variety of images and objects, reminiscent of the many unique neighborhoods that make up the area surrounding the new Southeast Branch Library.

To view this work, visit the Rotunda at the DAI or go to



Artistic Goals of the Project: The newly designed 24,400 square foot Southeast Branch will be in the Belmont Neighborhood on the corner of Wayne Avenue and Watervliet Avenue in Dayton, Ohio. The new branch will be a merger of the East Library and the Belmont Library. The structure is single story with a large central axis for patrons to migrate through the building. The new branch will offer more amenities; including a quiet reading room, a dedicated teen space, a larger children’s area, study rooms, an opportunity space 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 Levin Porter Associates 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)

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, June 3 at 11:00 at the DAI.  Robert Brown from Levin Porter Associates 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, Ms. Anable will schedule individual, 15-minute phone calls with artists on Monday, June 5 between 4:00 and 6:00 pm.

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



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