Art in the Library


Video courtesy of the Village of Oak Park.

In addition to a public gallery that exhibits local artists’ work, the Main Library has assembled a collection of art to engage our multicultural community with works that are challenging, intriguing, and enduring. In designing the library, the architects sought to create a series of discoveries. Similarly, these pieces of art are meant to be viewed as a series of visual discoveries as you move through the building.

Building such a collection is a process that continues. Funds raised by the Bricks for Art program and Gala Preview Party prior to the 2003 opening of the Main Library building were instrumental in these purchases, and continued to be raised through a percentage of sales of artwork exhibited in the gallery and through giving to the library. To learn more, contact Library Deputy Director Jim Madigan at jamesm@oppl.org or 708.697.6909.

Oak Park Public Library staff Kelly Knowles and Jim Madigan unveil Rennie in Rhapsody (left) and Jesse Howard (right)

Recent acquisition: Rennie In Rhapsody by Jesse Howard

The piece was unveiled on Thursday, March 22, 2018, for a crowd of 60 at the Main Library. View it in its new home on the Main Library’s second floor. Learn more about local artist and Oak Park Art League member Jesse Howard »

“I started painting about the disenfranchised and the poor. It’s not compromising. It’s right in your face. It’s pretty raw.”—Jesse Howard

Main Library Permanent Art Collection

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