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.
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.
Diana Michelle's latest series of large-scale black and white photographs explores the theme of forgotten spaces, lost faces, and found objects in Northwest Arkansas. From abandoned buildings to discarded porcelain figures to forgotten faces, these photographs seek to capture the beauty and mystery of the forgotten and overlooked.
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" 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" 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.
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.