So why do we have art at the library? We certainly have art materials at the library: books and videos about art history; books and videos about techniques and tools for artists; examples of other arts in our extensive music CD collection and our film DVD collections.
We have art because we communicate the cultural record and we're a community center. If we have books with pictures of sculpture and painting, why wouldn't we have sculpture and painting?
Our art falls into several categories:
- Donations from our library foundation to enhance the facility. This includes a couple of dozen items selected by staff. Almost all of it is by local artists, and a number of pieces have a local history theme.
- The Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Print series.
- Paper sculpture at entrance -- a huge work we commissioned, created by local paper artist Tom Grade, working with school children and funded by multiple grant sources
- Publicly donated pieces, including two memorial sculptures as well as other paintings, fabric and paper art.
- Exhibits from local artists in different areas of the building
- Displays, including several display cases around the building -- used for library programs, collector displays, or art and craft displays suitable for the cases. As needed display cases are sometimes used with exhibit panels of hanging art.