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Art at FPL

Providing access to art, ideas, stories, culture and creative talent is core to Fayetteville Public Library’s role as a community center.

In support of this, rotating art exhibitions are displayed throughout the library. The Fayetteville Public Library Art Committee accepts exhibition proposals year-round.

Submit an art proposal


What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel

Artist: Sean Fitzgibbon
On Display: October 31–January 30
Location: Lucky Day Gallery

"What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel" is a graphic nonfiction book that explores stories surrounding the Crescent Hotel's strange and tragic two years as the Baker Hospital, a Depression-era cancer hospital.

This exhibition features the original watercolor paintings that fill the book's pages.


Artist: Students of LifeStyles' Launch program & University of Arkansas Inclusive Art Pedagogy Service-Learning 
On Display: until January 30, 2023
Location: Fiction

This collaborative group exhibition features artworks from our Fall 2022 semester reflecting on the theme of relationships. The exhibition works are products from the service-learning course, based on an inverse inclusion pedagogical model, wherein university students rotate between roles as educators and as learners to build positive reciprocal relationships with Life Styles students through side-by-side art education experiences and collaboration.

Cairo, Illinois

Artist: Mark Schmidt
On Display: until March 27, 2023
Location: Event Center Hallway

Mark Schmidt is an art educator, working and living in Springfield Missouri. The medium for the work is photography that utilizes the cyanotype process.

Schmidt's work takes a deep view into what created that loss–and for what it means for those who still call Cairo home. Though once a thriving community, Cairo is essentially a ‘living ghost town,’ having experienced massive population decline. 

Permanent Collection

Our Regards to Louise

Artists: This is a collaborative piece created by the clients of the Life Styles art program.  
Location: Level 400 Reading Room Entrance

Mixed media wall sculpture using found objects and placed in birch cradles. In Louise Nevelson fashion, we chose to paint it white, as we were coming out of the Covid pandemic and white represents a new beginning. Quoting Louise Nevelson: “white summoned the early morning and emotional promise.”  

We Are The Difference

Muralists: Bianca Burciaga, Haley Clanton, Leigh Davis, Land Gadberry, Joselyn McCall, Aubree McWhorter, and Cooper Tidwell
Location: Level 200 walkway headed towards the Children's Library

"We Are the Difference" is a mural made by Farmington Junior High ninth grade art club students. The students were mentored by their art educator Gretchen Wilkes and internationally known mural artist Octavio Logo.

Voyage of Lost Keys

Artist: Aimée Papazian
Location: Level 200 Staircase

"Voyage of Lost Keys" is a way to imagine a mass migration – a way to think about people who have lost their homes and their place in the world as still being somehow connected to each other. 

Visiting Artist Program

Fayetteville Public Library welcomes artists and makers to share their craft with the community through the Visiting Artist Program. During their residency, selected artists and makers are featured at the library, host public programs for all ages, have scheduled time for personal projects in library spaces, and receive a stipend.  

More about Visiting Artists →