Carnegie Gallery

What do dinosaurs and a book of poetry by Captain Beefheart have in common? Let painter Rob Jones explain. He’s one of 18 talented local artists who has contributed to ART UNBOUND using discarded materials from the Columbus Metropolitan Library and given them new life in the form of highly original artwork.

Visit the free exhibition to see how these artists transformed library books into works of art — then bid on that work at a silent auction on Nov. 21. You can purchase silent auction tickets here.




Columbus artist Boryana Rusenova Ina talks about her inspiration for her pieces in art unbound, the exhibit currently on display from the Friends of the Library at the Carnegie Gallery inside CML’s main library.  Boryana used Fodor’s guides that were headed for recycling.

Visit the free exhibition to see how other Columbus artists transformed library books into works of art — then bid on that work at a silent auction on Nov. 21. You can purchase silent auction tickets here.


FOL Art Unbound Invite Front

Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library 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? A fascinating art exhibit the explores recycling, subtraction and the importance of the written word in contemporary society. Join us for this exhibit in the Carnegie Gallery Oct. 22 – Nov. 21.


September 25 – October 18, 2013
Carnegie Gallery @ The Main Library

Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-8pm

Seis Latinas Postcard Front

Seis Latinas are six working artists, working in various mediums, who live in central Ohio yet show their work both locally and outside of Ohio. CML and the Friends of the Library are pleased to have the Carnegie Gallery be the first venue in which all of its members present together. The group’s name refers to the six women who comprise the collective.

Although the show begins in earnest on the 25th, please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6-8pm at The Carnegie Gallery.

Carnegie Gallery

2nd floor of the Main Library

96 S. Grant Avenue

Columbus, Ohio 43215

urban scrawl

The Franklinton Arts District and Columbus Metropolitan Library are pleased to present “Urban Scrawl Road Show” an exhibition at the Main Library in the Carnegie Gallery.

Please join us on June 6 from 6-8 p.m. for the reception sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

The exhibit will be run until July 27 and is free and open to the public.

Urban Scrawl is the premiere event of the new East Franklinton revitalization initiative. Each August since 2006, the Franklinton Arts District (FAD) non-profit has invited that local creative community down to “The Bottoms” for a full day of live art and music. The work, created by all volunteer artists, is donated to FAD and is in turn hung throughout Franklinton as public art or sold at auction with the proceeds funding future community arts initiatives. Urban Scrawl is a true community-building event helping drive interest in Franklinton as the next great downtown neighborhood.

MAW Exhibit

Birth. Death. Coming in from recess for math class. A new job. Divorce. Dressing for Ohio weather. Not one of us is a stranger to the process of shifting from one condition to another.

CML and the Friends of the Library are pleased to present Transitions, an exhibit by Mother Artists at Work (MAW). In this show members explore a variety of states of and journeys through change. A diverse range of works are featured, including pieces in 2D & 3D mixed media, painting, enameling, fiber, photography and the written word.

Exhibition dates:  April 4 – May 24

Opening Reception:  April 11, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (open to the public)

Carnegie Gallery — 2nd floor of Main Library


MAW is a non-profit association of mothers working in the arts.

Join the Friends of the Library on Wednesday, March 27 as we celebrate a vibrant display of children’s art inspired by Columbus artist Aminah Robinson. The art is the handiwork of children who are 5 to 11 years old and participating in Art in the House — an out-of-school arts program of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. This reception will be catered with these young artists in mind.

On display now through March 29.

Wednesday, March 27
4:30-6:00 p.m.

Main Library
Carnegie Gallery, 2nd Floor
96 S. Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

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