Art in the Library

The library’s permanent collection features contemporary American art and is designed to engage our multicultural community with works that are challenging, intriguing, and enduring. Original art, displayed at all three library locations, graces our spaces with whimsy, wonder, and vibrant color.

The Oak Park Public Library welcomes local artists to exhibit their work and engage with the community. Access to opportunities and spaces is guided by our commitment to equity and anti-racism.

At left: "Echoes" book cover and framed photograph in the Main Library Art Gallery exhibit of "Echoes" by Robert Marshall. At right: Painting and drawing above shelves at Maze Branch, part of "Portrait Studies" by Delia Jean Hickey

Click the “Current and upcoming exhibits and receptions” button below to learn more about Echoes: The Stories of Male Survivors Overcoming Sexual Trauma by Robert Marshall in the Main Library Art Gallery (left) and Portrait Studies: Art From Life by Delia Jean Hickey at Maze Branch (right).

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Listen to six local artists ‘In Conversation’

To enhance your public art experience and better connect you with the unique creativity and spirit of six local artists, brief recorded interviews are available. Click on LISTEN to hear the artist in conversation directly from this webpage. Or find each individual piece on your next visit to the Main Library and call the unique “In Conversation” phone number posted.

Learn more about each piece in the permanent art collection

Hover over, then click on images below for more detail about each piece. To find exactly what you are looking for, use the search box to enter the artist name or title of the work.

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Watch: ‘We Cultivate Curiosity’

Thanks to Videographer Joe Kreml and the Village of Oak Park for creating this inside look at the library’s permanent art collection »

Funding for the permanent art collection

Original acquisitions were funded by the Bricks for Art program and Gala Preview Party prior to the 2003 opening of the Main Library building. Building such a collection is a process that continues. Today funds are raised through a percentage of sales of artwork exhibited in the gallery and through giving to the library. To learn more, contact us »

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