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.
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.
The (Un)Still Life Series
March 11th - April 21st
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.
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:
- Letter of interest
- Artist's statement
- 10-20 digital images on CD or DVD
- Corresponding image list
- Postcards, reviews, and/or other supporting materials (optional)
- Self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials
Artists interested in exhibiting at the Olean Public Library should contact curator Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC), PO Box 406, Olean, New York 14760.
Nola Garrett Poetry Reading
March 29th at 7pm
In celebration of Women's History Month Nola Garrett will read from her works - "The Pastor's Wife Discovers Pinball," The Dynamite Maker's Mistress," and "Ledge." Her work underscores the experience of women, especially their relationships.
Those attending the reading are asked to bring a poem by a favorite woman writer (that can be yourself) to share. Tea and scones will be served.
Garrett will also present a workshop on writing sestinas at the African American Center (corner of West State and South 17th sts.) from 1 to 3pm.
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Authors interested in reading at the Olean Public Library should contact coordinator Helen Ruggieri.