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With construction underway on the future Huber Heights Branch Library, residents and patrons are invited to vote on pieces of art from the Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection that will serve as inspiration for regional artists to create new commissioned work for the new building.

dai logo 2020Voting will be held between Friday, May 13 and Sunday, June 12. Votes may be cast at the Huber Heights Branch via a ballot box, or you can vote online below. Voters will also be able to read about the inspiration pieces and the reasons they were selected.

There’s been much buzz about this final ReImagining Works project, said Jayne Klose, DML’s Community Engagement Manager. “Artists are looking forward to seeing what inspiration pieces are selected. I know we will get many strong proposals, and I look forward to seeing more amazing artwork in the new Huber Heights Branch.”

The pieces that were selected for voting are pieces with a history that reflect the community they represent. The six pieces Huber Heights residents can vote on are:

  • Watchtower from China, the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 CE), green-glazed Earthenware
  • Asha III by Robert Ellis Kushner (1984), paint on wrought-iron
  • Antelope Head Puppet from the Bozo people of Mali (20th century), paint, wood, iron, and rubber rod puppet
  • Horse from China, the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Earthenware with traces of painted decorations and gold
  • Growing Flowers by Mary Forrer Peirce (1869), oil on canvas
  • The Roundup by Jack Lembeck (1980), acrylic on canvas

Once the inspiration pieces are selected, regional artists will submit proposals describing the work they plan to create based on the inspiration they get from the selected DAI pieces. Those artists whose proposals are selected will then be commissioned, and when the new Branch is complete, patrons will be able to see the new work on display.

The Huber Heights Branch will be the capstone project in DML’s facilities plan that began in 2013, thanks to a $187 million bond issue Montgomery County voters passed in 2012. The ReImagining Works project has been a partnership between DML and the Dayton Art Institute since the facilities upgrades began. It was made possible by an anonymous bequest so that all of DML’s new Libraries could be enhanced with original artwork by regional artists.

The new Branch will be located at the 6100 block of Brandt Pike, a part of the Marian Plaza redevelopment for Huber Heights. It is expected to be an $11.8 million investment for the city.

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