Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery

In addition to a public gallery (pictured above) 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 jmadigan@oppl.org or 708.697.6909

Art unveiling with Jesse Howard

NEW acquisition: Rennie In Rhapsody by Jesse Howard

The piece was unveiled on Thursday, March 22, for a crowd of 60 at the Main Library, and you can view it in person in its new home on the second floor of the Main Library.

“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

Learn more about local artist and Oak Park Art League member Jesse Howard >

Collected Works

Pieces are listed alphabetically by artist.

"P0202" by Rodney Carswell

Rodney Carswell

Chicago
P0202
2002
82 x 81 inches
Oil and wax on canvas
Second floor

"Bajan Queens" by Nancy Fong

Nancy Fong

Oak Park
Bajan Queens
2003
48 x 60 inches
Oil on canvas
Study Room D, third floor

"Bookmakers" by Jonathan Franklin

Jonathan Franklin

Oak Park
Bookmakers
2004
60 x 67 inches
Oil on canvas
Currently not on display

"A Party of 3" by Jeanine Guncheon

Jeanine Guncheon

Forest Park
A Party of 3
2005
54 x 72 inches
Fabric dyes on wood
Children's Services, first floor

"Hope and Discovery" by Dan Gustin

Dan Gustin

Chicago
Hope and Discovery
2006
87 x 78 inches
Oil on canvas
Veterans Room, second floor

"Happiest On Your Hands" by Jane Hammond

Jane Hammond

New York
Happiest on Your Hands
2003
70 inches in diameter
Oil and mixed media on canvas
Storytime Room, first floor

"Unity and Growth" by Carole Harrison

Carole Harrison

Michigan
Unity and Growth
Donated by Village Art Fair
1966
9 x 12 x 4 feet
Brass and copper sculpture
Vestibule, first floor

"skip skitter start trip vault bounce - and other attempts at flight" by Jacob Hashimoto

Jacob Hashimoto

Los Angeles
skip skitter start trip vault bounce - and other attempts at flight
2005
96 x 144 x 7.5 inches
Wood, paper, acrylic, nylon
Second floor

Rondelay, 5x11 matrix by Higgins Glass

Higgins Glass

Riverside, Illinois
Rondelay, 5x11 matrix
2005
68 x 44 inches
glass
Lobby, first floor

Mobile, 337 pieces by Higgins Glass

Higgins Glass

Riverside, Illinois
Mobile, 337 pieces
96 inches wide
2007
Glass
Second floor

"Rennie in Rhapsody" by Jesse Howard

Jesse Howard

Maywood, Illinois
Rennie in Rhapsody
2017
36 x 34 inches
Charcoal, acrylic on paper
Second floor

"Passing" by Tia G. Jones

Tia G. Jones

Oak Park
Passing
2003
47 x 40 inches
Oil on canvas
Study Room C, third floor

"Corp of Discovery" by Marcus Kenney

Marcus Kenney

Georgia
Corp of Discovery
2005
48 x 48 inches
Green back stamps and mixed media on canvas
Study Room A, third floor

"Once Upon a Time" by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle

Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle

Oak Park
Once Upon a Time
2003
48 x 72 inches
Quilt
Children's Study Room, first floor

"Jewel Box" by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle

Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle

Oak Park
Jewel Box
2004
60 x 60 inches
Quilt
Children's Study Room, first floor

"Spring Rain" by Judy Ledgerwood

Judy Ledgerwood

Oak Park
Spring Rain
2005
84 x 144 inches
Oil on canvas
Children's Services, first floor

"Sobre Todo (Above All Else)" by Emilio Lobato

Emilio Lobato

Colorado
Sobre Todo (Above All Else)
2003
66 x 66 inches
Oil and collage on panel
Book Discussion Room, second floor

"Incitation" by Richard Loving

Richard Loving

Oak Park
Incitation
2006
67 x 56 inches
Oil on canvas
Second floor

Mask by Geraldine McCullough

Geraldine McCullough

Oak Park
Mask
Date unknown
51 x 10.5 inches
Mixed media canvas
Third floor

"A View from Bridge" by Tom Palazzolo

Tom Palazzolo

Oak Park
A View From Bridge
2000
60 x 60 inches
Color photograph
Children's Services, first floor

"Great Skate" by T. L. Solien

T. L. Solien

Wisconsin
Great Skate
2003
60 x 72 inches
oil and enamel on canvas
Children's Services, first floor

"Branford Bee Episode #2" by Chris Ware

Chris Ware

Oak Park
Branford Bee Episode #2
2002
35 x 24 inches
Ink and blue pencil on illustration board
Study Room B, third floor

"Rusty Brown: Where Will We Be in 2003" by Chris Ware

Chris Ware

Oak Park
Rusty Brown: Where Will We Be in 2003
2003
35 x 25 inches
Ink and blue pencil on illustration board
Study Room B, third floor

"Building Stories: 1923-2003" by Chris Ware

Chris Ware

Oak Park
Building Stories: 1923-2003
2002
26 x 34 inches
Ink and blue pencil on illustration board
Study Room B, third floor

"Easter Realness #2" by Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley

New York
Easter Realness #2
2004
117 x 117 inches
Oil on canvas
South wall, third floor

"The Frog Prince" by John Winslow

John Winslow

Washington, D.C.
The Frog Prince
2002
72 x 96 inches
Oil on canvas
South wall, second floor


At Dole Branch

Balloon Man

Glenna Butler

Balloon Man
date unknown
17.5 x 23 inches
Oil on canvas
Hallway

Dedicated to the Friends of Dole Library

Hale

Dedicated to the Friends of Dole Library, 1976-1982
date unknown
29 x 42 inches
Oil on canvas
Meeting Room

Keepsake

Scott Wallace

Keepsake
Dedicated Nov. 23, 2002
Bronze
Outside