Traveling Art, Architecture Exhibit Comes to Library

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Byline: Eileen O. Daday

A closer look around the nooks and crannies of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library reveals an often overlooked enhancement: its extensive art collection, which includes many original pieces.

Generous donations from patrons, community groups and the Friends of the Library have added to the collection over the years, and it now features paintings, sculptures, photographs, murals, quilts and stained glass.

Yet, if library patrons had overlooked the collection before, starting this week they may take another look. On Sunday, the library mounted a traveling exhibit on its first floor, called "Art & Architecture in Illinois Libraries."

The panel exhibition documents the work of artists and architects who play major roles in the history of Illinois libraries.

The exhibit is meant to engage patrons of all ages, even preschoolers. Included in the mix are two magnetic puzzles, for little ones to find the missing pieces in pictures of murals displayed in Illinois libraries. Eastern Illinois University staff members created the exhibit after visiting 600 libraries across the state.

They maintain that library art is an integral part of our cultural heritage, and that viewed collectively, the art in Illinois libraries is a large and diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, architectural or environmental works of art, and graphics. …