Artists
Future Library Art Project in Oslo, Norway

Future Library Art Project in Oslo, Norway

By Bryan Voell Future Library is a monumental art project by Scottish artist Katie Paterson. Utilizing paper made from trees planted in an Oslo, Norway forest, one writer a year for a hundred years will contribute a text. These writings will not be read or published until the year 2114, when at last they will...
#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Sonnenzimmer

#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Sonnenzimmer

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in October, 2011. Sonnenzimmer is an art and screen print studio run by Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi.  The duo creates unique hand-crafted posters, books and music-packaging in their Chicago studio.  They took our survey in the summer of 2011. How do you identify yourself...
#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Trong Gia Nguyen

#IArtLibraries | Featuring: Trong Gia Nguyen

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in March 2017. Today, we’re delighted to feature Trong Gia Nguyen, and his impressive “Library” project– an installation that bends the idea of what a book is by  re-writing famous works word for word on rice grains. Don’t miss his fascinating concepts for the “ideal...
/five at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

/five at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Jenny Watts from the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens to the LAIP. Jenny shares information and insight with us about the /five series, a contemporary arts initiative designed to engage artists and the wider community with the Huntington’s collections in interesting ways. Enjoy! ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP):...
RFQ: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library Grand Reading Room Ceiling Design

RFQ: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library Grand Reading Room Ceiling Design

We are pleased to publish this Request for Qualifications on behalf of the DC Public Library – please share widely! ~Laura Request for Qualifications (RFQ) District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL)  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library Grand Reading Room Ceiling Design Permanent Public Art Commission Deadline: August 31, 2017 Budget: To be determined, with...
Featuring: Danielle Bonney

Featuring: Danielle Bonney

Today we welcome library-inspired fiber artist Danielle Bonney to the site! Danielle went to the library looking for a hobby and ended up embarking on a new adventure that involves not only hand-making items for her online shop, but also teaching her craft in libraries! Enjoy! ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please introduce yourself!...
Featuring: Clare Qualmann

Featuring: Clare Qualmann

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Clare Qualmann, an artist and researcher based in the UK. Clare’s work came to my attention after I saw reference to an article of hers, The Artist in the Library, published in Performance Research: Vol. 22, No. 1. Today we ask Clare questions about her own library-incubated...
Featuring: Peter Erskine

Featuring: Peter Erskine

Today I’m happy to introduce Peter Erskine, an American installation artist who specializes in creating Solar Spectrum Environmental Artworks made from pure sunlight. Several of Peter’s works are installed at libraries in California and Oregon. Beyond his projects for libraries, and across the US, Erskine has installed artworks in the ancient Roman Forum, the Rome...
Join us at ALA Annual in Chicago!

Join us at ALA Annual in Chicago!

We are thrilled to announce that the Library as Incubator Project will have a presence at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago this June. Library friends, we’d love to see you there. Special thank you to the Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG) and ALA for sponsoring BOTH of these programs.  Here’s where you...
"Controlled Accidents" at the New School's List Library

“Controlled Accidents” at the New School’s List Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in May 2016. Today we hear about an exhibition by Isabella Brandalise and Nelesi Rodriguez, Controlled Accidents, which is currently on at the New School’s List Library. Through their work they explore the interplay between act and instrument as investigated by French critic and essayist Roland Barthes. Enjoy! ~Laura...
Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in July 2015. It’s one of our favorite public art projects to take place at a library–just in time for outdoor activities!  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,...
Talk Time Artistry at Thomas Crane Public Library

Talk Time Artistry at Thomas Crane Public Library

Written with assistance from Linda Zhou For the past seven years, the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, Massachusetts has hosted English Talk Time for English Language Learners. Program participants, 150 students as well as part-time library staff and a crew of dedicated volunteers, sometimes frequent the library’s art gallery space, using the current exhibition...