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

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The Obama Portraits are on display at the Art Institute of Chicago June 18-August 25 For Illinois Residents, museum admission will be free June 18–25, the first week that The Obama Portraits will be on view. To reserve free admission tickets, Illinois residents must reserve a ticket online in advance. Resident status will be verified using the zip code … 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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