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Winter 2022 Magazine
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Art Installations for the New Trotwood Branch Library

The Dayton Metro Library has selected three proposals for artwork in the soon to be built Trotwood Branch Library. These are the latest commissions in the ReImagining Works project, which places new, original artwork in each Dayton Metro Library location.

ReImagining Works invites artists to use pieces from the Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection as inspiration for new artwork to be installed at the new or newly remodeled Libraries. The project is made possible by an anonymous bequest.

For the Trotwood Branch Library, two pieces from the DAI are serving as inspiration for the artists: Pathway - John Safer’s soaring stainless sculpture from 2002, and a ceramic piece from the Weiner Werkstätte entitled Centerpiece, from 1908.

Three proposals from area artists have been accepted:

Dayton artist Michael Bashaw will create a large hanging relief sculpture comprised of several thousand vinyl pieces hanging vertically and suspended in multiple layers, creating depth and complexity. Inspired by the black and white patterns in the Centerpiece, this work demonstrates how harmony can be created within diversity. The 6’ x 24’ relief sculpture will be placed on the North wall of the Marketplace.

Dayton artist Nick Stamas will paint a visual montage representing a diverse and eclectic range of music and musicians, all in sync but different from every point of view. With highly patterned backgrounds to reflect the patterning on the Centerpiece and composed of a diverse array of musicians, this 4-panel work linking art and music will be placed in the community room.

Dayton artist, Judy Campbell White will create a multi-paneled painting reflecting the patterns and imagery shown on the Centerpiece. Featuring a quartet of women illustrating the stages of a women’s life, Campbell comments on the strength portrayed by the women shown supporting the Centerpiece. This work will hang in the Quiet Reading Room.

The Dayton Metro Library is exploring opportunities for an additional artwork to be installed at the Trotwood Branch Library. A special call will be released early next year. Artists who want to receive information about upcoming Requests for Proposals are encouraged to fill out an Intent to Apply form.

The new 13,000 square foot Trotwood Branch Library will be built at the corner of East Main Street and MacGregor Avenue, just two blocks from the current building. Construction will begin in early 2019 and is expected to last about a year.

Artwork in the ReImagining Works project has already been installed at the Electra C. Doren, Miami Township, Northwest, Brookville, New Lebanon, Kettering-Moraine, Vandalia, Miamisburg and West Carrollton Branch Libraries, as well as the Main Library in downtown Dayton. ReImagining Works is made possible by an anonymous bequest.

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