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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 up to 12 group and solo exhibitions annually. The gallery has been in operation for over 40 years, and has presented the works of hundreds of artists in the Western New York and Greater Niagara region. We 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.

Fiber & Fabric

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  • Medis Kent & Carlyn Yanda
  • January 8-February 20, 2015

Power Within

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  • Julie Mader
  • March 5-April 24, 2015

That Moment When...

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  • Anna Pingitore
  • July 9-August 28, 2015

Southern Tier Biennial Exhibition

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  • Various Artists
  • September 19-October 23, 2015


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  • Thomas Annear
  • November 5-December 25, 2015


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

Gary Finke

Gary Finke will read from his work.

Local History Workshop

The editor of WNY Heritage will conduct a workshop on writing local history.

Karima Amin

Story teller Karima Amin will lead a workshop on story telling.

Taylor Mali

Taylor Mali will present a performance in the Cutco Theater on the JCC/CCC campus.

Ryki Zukerman and David Landrey

Ryki Zukerman and David Landrey will lead a workshop on writing haiku on fans, a traditional Japanese art.

Karima Amin

Karima Amin and her group of dancers, singers and storytellers will perform at the Juneteenth festival at the African American Cultural Center.

Margaret Gibson

Jerry Rothenberg

Nancy McCabe

Sherry Robbins

Open Mic

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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The New York State 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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