Artists
Featuring: Tieshka K. Smith at Oak Park Public Library

Featuring: Tieshka K. Smith at Oak Park Public Library

Today we’re pleased to present a brief writeup by photographer Tieshka K. Smith, who was an artist in residence at the Oak Park Public Library in Illinois earlier this year. The resulting series, Oak Park After Dark, is a beautiful study of a community in the crisp clarity of Midwestern winter nights. ~Laura by Tieshka K....
Langdon Divers Gallery at FDLPL: WRAP Exhibit

Langdon Divers Gallery at FDLPL: WRAP Exhibit

Melissa Kolstad is the curator for the Langdon Divers Gallery at the Fond du Lac Public Library in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. For her new quarterly series with the Library as Incubator Project, Mel talks about exhibitions and displays in the library’s gallery. by Melissa Kolstad It’s August, and for many non-professional artists around Wisconsin...
Featuring: The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman

Featuring: The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman

This post was originally published on August 7, 2013. As someone who loves both reading and climbing trees, I was thrilled to come across The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman, an installation piece at the Cleveland Public Library which was inspired by mythical objects and symbols of knowledge. Today, Mark shares his inspiration and process. -Holly Library...
Featuring: Tom Bevan

Featuring: Tom Bevan

This post was originally published on August 2, 2013. We’re excited to share the work of Tom Bevan on the site today– a new addition to our growing catalog of library workers who double as artists, and who use the library as direct inspiration to their work.  Tom’s most recent piece scrutinizes the digital shift...
Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

Today’s story (and project kit) comes to us from Elaine Luther, an artist whose work with libraries we’ve featured on the LAIP before, and Alicia Hammond, Community Engagement Librarian at the Forest Park Public Library in Illinois. Elaine and Alicia give us the scoop on the process of installation a major public art piece at...
Figure/Ground at the Cleveland Public Library

Figure/Ground at the Cleveland Public Library

This post was originally published July 2012. by Erinn Batykefer Cleveland Public Library’s See Also program is an innovative partnership with LAND Studio that brings a rotating suite of contemporary art installations to the library’s Eastman Reading Garden.  See Also is a clever pun that plays on a reference cataloging term; if you find it on a...
Anatomy of an art controversy: Mike Lroy’s “Don’t Shoot” at Madison Public Library

Anatomy of an art controversy: Mike Lroy’s “Don’t Shoot” at Madison Public Library

This post was originally published May 19, 2015 on tonemadison.com and is re-published on the Library as Incubator Project with permission from Tone Madison. Pull quotes here were chosen by LAIP editors.  Read the original article.  Anatomy of an art controversy: Mike Lroy’s “Don’t Shoot” The absurdity of reducing a painting to the fact that...
Fluxus Club at the Walker Art Center: Part Three

Fluxus Club at the Walker Art Center: Part Three

Librarian Margit Wilson and artist Margaret Pezalla-Granlund teamed up to make the Walker Art Center’s library an active art space with Fluxus Club, and we’re delighted to host a new series on their work at the Walker Art Center. This is part 3; read the whole series here. Enjoy! ~Erinn Fluxus Club at the Walker...
The Floating Library in Minnesota

The Floating Library in Minnesota

Your very-cool-thing for today is the Floating Library Project, a floating public art project that makes artists’ books and other art works available to the public–via boat, canoe, inner tubes, and other waterborne devices. A fabulous, summery exploration of art and literature. ~Laura From their website:  The Floating Library is an experimental public art project...
Figure Drawing at the library

Figure Drawing at the library

This post was originally published July 2013.  Today we have a wonderful example of a user-driven arts program to share with you! Nathan Yeager joins us to discuss a group he started at his local library in Gig Harbor, Washington. I love the fact that his idea was a response to a need in the...
Residencies at the g39 & Warp Library, Cardiff, Wales

Residencies at the g39 & Warp Library, Cardiff, Wales

Today we have the pleasure of hosting Cinzia Mutigli from g39, an artist-run gallery in Cardiff, Wales, to talk about the artist residency program they run through the Wales artist resource programme (or Warp), which has its own library of materials for artists, from books and periodicals to downloadable templates for creative professionals. Enjoy this...
"The Challenge of Painting" at Mid-Manhattan Library: An interview with Susan Bee

“The Challenge of Painting” at Mid-Manhattan Library: An interview with Susan Bee

Today, Rebecca Rubenstein interviews the artist behind of a new show at NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library, where artist and librarian Arezoo Moseni regularly curates shows of community artists.  Don’t miss Rebecca’s other posts on library-as-incubator happenings in the NYC area! ~Erinn by Rebecca Rubenstein Susan Bee’s work brings a distinct style and pushes the boundaries of what a single painting can express through both...