Artist at work: Jacob Hashimoto at the Main Library

Artist works at table in front of artwork

Artist Jacob Hashimoto stopped by the Main Library in September. While in the area for the opening of his show at a Chicago gallery, he came to Oak Park to make repairs to parts of his intricate artwork in our library’s permanent art collection. Hashimoto’s 8-by-12-foot piece skip skitter start trip vault bounce – and … Read more

A presidential portrait artist’s earlier work is on permanent display at your library

Easter Realness #2

The Obama Portraits are now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, through August 25. President Barack Obama’s official presidential portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley. But did you know that an earlier work by Wiley is on display on the Main Library third floor, open to all to experience anytime the library is … Read more

Featured artist: Tia Etu

Peace Sign Mosaic

Featured on the cover of the latest issue of The Storyline, the mosaic peace sign sculpture (pictured above) was created by teen library volunteers and local artist Tia Etu. It now stands outside Dole Center, 255 Augusta St., home to Dole Branch Library.  Etu, a working artist with a studio on Harrison Street in the … Read more

Replica Benin bronzes on display at Main Library

Sculptures on pedestals in front of bookshelves

Six replica Benin bronzes are now on display on the Main Library’s third floor, with three more coming soon. Part of the library’s Multicultural Collection, these replicas can spark important conversations about pre-colonial African culture and the repatriation of cultural heritage artifacts. The original Benin bronzes, from the Kingdom of Benin in what is now … Read more

Featured artist: Chris Ware

Book cover of Chris Ware's Rusty Brown

Celebrated artist, author, former Oak Parker and School of the Art Institute alum Chris Ware has a new book out, Rusty Brown. Here’s what Slate and The New York Times Book Review had to say about it. And coincidentally, a Rusty Brown comic strip is one of the three Chris Ware pieces owned and displayed on the third floor of … Read more

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