Carnegie Gallery

Come join us in the Carnegie Gallery to see the new juried show of Ohio artists and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. The Show runs from November 19 – January 10. Vote for the People’s Choice award through January 3rd and attend the Award Ceremony on January 10 to view the winners!

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Join the Friends of the Library for the a new show entitled Origins of Abstraction. Opening reception will be on August 7 from 6-8 in the Carnegie Gallery. The show will run from August 7 through September 19th. Don’t miss it!

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Postcard Image is from the 1918 Columbus Art League annual exhibition at the library.

Postcard Image is from the 1918 Columbus Art League annual exhibition at the library.


Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Friends of the Library proudly present:


Since 1910, OAL’s annual juried exhibitions have been the backbone of the organization’s artistic programming, showcasing contemporary work by Ohio artists. Our Juror for the Spring Juried Exhibition in 2014 is Denny Griffith, President of Columbus College of Art and Design. We are honored that it will be his last juried exhibition as President of CCAD.

SHOW DATES: May 7-June 27, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 15, 6-8 p.m.

Main Library
96 S. Grant Ave.
Carnegie Gallery, 2nd Floor

CCAD faculty show

OPENING RECEPTION:  Thursday, January 16, 5-7 p.m.

EXHIBIT DATES: Thursday, January 16 – February 28, 2014

The Columbus Metropolitan Library and Friends of the Library are proud to present IMPACT-INFLUENCE - an exhibit showcasing the rich and varied talents of the Columbus College of Art & Design’s Continuing & Professional Studies instructors.

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The Friends of the Library, in collaboration with Art & Media Division of CML the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Artist Program, is once again helping to host the Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Show in the Carnegie Gallery at the Main Library. The exhibition is currently underway and runs through January 11 — and you have an opportunity to cast your vote for the People’s Choice award by voting for your favorite work before January 4th.

Then plan to join the Awards Reception on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Carnegie Gallery
2nd floor, Main Library
96 S. Grant Avenue



Feeling spontaneous?

Then join the Friends of the Library and local art lovers for the final evening of the Art Unbound exhibition, which concludes with a silent auction of the artwork from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served.

This is the much talked-about event that challenged 18 talented local artists to take books no longer in the library’s collection (and bound for recycling) and breathe new life into them. The result has been this fascinating art exhibit that explores recycling, subtraction and the importance of the written word in contemporary society.

Tickets for this silent auction event are available here on our website.

Dan Gerdeman is an artist and art educator whose paintings take on a “cartoony realism” — proving that even serious art can also take on whimsical forms.

Come meet Dan this Thursday at the final day of the Art Unbound exhibition to see how he and other Columbus artists have transformed library books into works of art — then bid on that work at a silent auction on Nov. 21. You can purchase your tickets for this silent auction event here.

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