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Artist commissions were selected for the new Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library.

ReImagining Works invites artists to use pieces from The Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection as inspiration. Patrons of the Wilmington-Stroop Library chose Dwinell Grant’s Red Circle and Jon Kuhn’s Bold Endeavor to be the inspiration pieces for the artwork at their new Library.

Five artists received commissions, including 2 who will create a work together. The artists are:

Suzanne Ley and Susan Cannon, Springboro- working together to create a large mixed-media piece combining layers of paint with three superimposed fused glass panels. The composition will be based on the satellite image of the Library’s location at the intersection of Wilmington and Stroop Roads. The geometry of the intersecting lines and angles inspires the painting and glass composition and reflects both inspiration works.

Brent Beck, Dayton- will create a large work composed of painted, shaped wood panels that relate to the modern geometric architecture of the library and mimic the intersection of planes, lines and shapes seen in Bold Endeavor by Jon Kuhn. This colorful work will be layered, creating a sense of depth and an energetic rhythm.

Paula Kraus, Dayton – proposes five framed inkjet prints on rice paper created from photographs in which she isolates and distills light, color and shape to achieve compositions of pure geometry, inspired by the non-objective work of Dwinell Grant. The rice paper will be treated with encaustic, a beeswax, to create a translucency that references the glass work by Jon Kuhn.

Dan Cleary, Dayton – will produce a triptych of large photographs to create the sense of a mural. Focusing on the historical relationship between Charles Kettering and Edward Deeds, Cleary will combine historic photos and contemporary color images, along with patent drawings of Kettering’s inventions. Deeds Barn provides the focal point of the narrative anchoring the various overlaid images and reflecting the shape and layers in the inspiration piece, Bold Endeavor, by Jon Kuhn.


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