Exhibits at the Library in 2017


Summer 2017

Art with Heart: By acknowledging and transforming longstanding, deeply-rooted social inequalities into affirmation and support, artists Terry Plater and Emme Edmunds, in partnership with the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, employed the power of ART as a tool for expressing dignity, kindness, pride and compassion in our neighborhoods and city. With a focus on positive images of often-marginalized, under-represented, and misrepresented groups, Art with Heart guided young participants to see past the myriad inequities commonly found in commercial art and in the media and recognize the beauty, compassion and dignity of all people. The artists, ranging in age from 7 to 10 years old, and several adults learned new techniques for drawing and painting portraits of black, brown and tan people and their supportive allies. Displayed on the Avenue of the Friends July 5 through September 28.

Svante by Elijah drawing by Ithaca student

Fall 2017

Buttons Display: Discover that there are more to buttons that meets the eye—and why folks collect them. On display in November.

Greetings from Freeville: So close and yet so far away... this exhibit brings the art of teens living and learning at the William George Agency and George Junior Republic School to view in a larger community context.  Curated by Jessica Walls.  Opening Night Friday October 6, 5 – 8 pm.  Runs through December 15, 2017.This exhibit is made possible by support from the Community Arts Partnership.

For more information, contact Yvette Rubio at yrubio@tcpl.org.


Past Exhibits

Spring 2017

Thinking Money is a museum-quality traveling exhibition that strives to teach tweens, teens and their parents, caregivers and educators about financial literacy topics—like saving, spending and avoiding fraud—in a way that is not only understandable, but fun.  Thinking Money was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, whose support made this exhibition possible. On display April 1 – May 4, 2017.

Mapping Tompkins: A commemorative project designed to showcase, for our and future generations, what it means to live, work and study in Tompkins County. Participants are being asked to illustrate a pre-printed map of Tompkins County, highlighting the places that are important in their lives.  From where to find the best ice cream to where you met your spouse, to the places you play, worship, shop or explore, completed maps should be a reflection of your personal connection with Tompkins County. Completed maps will join those of other county residents, past and current, in a Spring 2017 exhibit at the Tompkins County Public Library, other county libraries and The History Center in Tompkins County and be archived to show future residents what life in our community was like in 2017. Displayed through the month of May.

More Than a Book explores what books are, what they mean to people, and the forms they can take. This exhibit features books that have a story beyond the book, books that have been altered, and made books. Works by Janet Edwards, Jim Garmhausen, Kumi Korf, Lee-Ellen Marvin, Margie Nelson, Laura Robert, Teresa Yatsko and books from the collections of Susan Currie and Tom Burns will be on display. The exhibit runs through June.

Beyond the Stacks features artwork created by current and past staff of the Tompkins County Public Library and Tompkins County Library Foundation and their family members. Librarians, pages, clerks, administrative staff, children and partners of staff have all contributed.  This show includes collages, oils, quilts, water colors and photography. Participants' ages range from 9 to 66. The art is displayed in the North Reading room area, along the east wall of the stacks, near the study rooms, and along the curved wall by the self-check-out stations. Artwork will be displayed through October. Curated by the TCPL Art Exhibit Committee.

Kerry Barnes
Thitirat Boonyanuphong
T. Burns
Melisa Casano
Regina DeMauro
Kelly Doolittle
Beth Killheffer
Yvette Rubio
Jonathan L. Serrano
Mena Schlossberg



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