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Olean Public Library Serving the community since 1871


Purpose Statement

Our purpose is to create a public forum for professional artists to interact with the community. The library presents a visual arts series of group and solo exhibitions annually. The gallery has been in operation for over 42 years, and has presented the works of hundreds of artists in the Western New York and Greater Niagara region. Artist's talks are a regularly featured during the artist's receptions. We also present an annual literature series featuring readings and discussions by professional writers.

Gallery Exhibits

The Olean Public Library Gallery has provided an exhibition venue for New York State artists since 1974, giving artists exposure and exhibiting experience and providing Greater Olean Area residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the work of contemporary visual artists.

Ground Cover

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  • Lindsey Glover
  • January 7-February 25, 2016

After the Storm

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  • Mark Duggan
  • March 17-April 28, 2016


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  • Gianna Putrino
  • July 7-August 4, 2016

Painting by Southern Tier Biennial Winner

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  • Wayne Claypatch
  • September 22-October 28, 2016


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  • Ann Parker
  • November 17-December 29, 2016


Call For Work

The Olean Public Library Visual Arts Program welcomes submissions from local and regional emerging and mid-career artists working in all media for consideration for our 2016 exhibition season.

Selection is based on artistic quality and potential of work, with an emphasis on emerging artists in New York State. Artists working in all media are shown.

Artists interested in exhibiting at the Olean Public Library Gallery should send proposals to:

PO Box 406
Olean, NY 14760

All submission packets must include:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Artist's statement
  4. 10-20 digital images on CD or DVD
  5. Corresponding image list
  6. Postcards, reviews, and/or other supporting materials (optional)
  7. Self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials

Artists Note

Artists interested in exhibiting at the Olean Public Library should contact curator Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC), PO Box 406, Olean, New York 14760.

Literature Series


Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth will conduct a workshop on Writing for Magazines.


Rachel McKibben will read from her work.


Celebrate Black History Month at the Olean Public Library.


Jennifer Franklin will read from her work.


Howard Nelson will read from his work.


Helen Ruggieri will read from her work.


Eamon Grennan will read from his work.


Alberto Rios will read from his work.


Celebrate Juneteenth with Annette Daniels Taylor.


Judith Kerman will read, sing and host an open mic.


BBarbara Crooker, often heard on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, will read from her award winning poems.

Writing Workshop

Steven Huff, winner of a Pushcart and O'Henry Prize, will lead a short story writing workshop from 11 to 1 in the Library .

Author Note

Authors interested in reading at the Olean Public Library should contact coordinator Helen Ruggieri.


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Cattaraugus County Arts Council

“The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is an independent non-profit dedicated to promoting the creation, presentation, and appreciation of the arts, by making cultural opportunities available through our services surrounding the artistic side of life.”

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New York Foundation for the Arts

“The New York Foundation for the Arts is a state-wide service organization for artists that provides this free national information resource for artists in all disciplines and for those who support them in any way.”

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Council on the Arts

The New York State Council on the Arts has made these programs possible with public funding since 1974.

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