Library seeks student art to celebrate centennial

The year 2016 marks the centennial of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System. While celebratory programming will begin this spring, the library’s Centennial Poster Art Competition and Exhibition asks children and teens to start thinking now about what the library has meant over the past 100 years, how patrons use it today, and how it may evolve in the future.

Young artists are invited to submit two-dimensional, rigid-mounted artwork inspired by books and libraries to the Lee Road Library, April 1–7. A committee of library staff, as well as representatives from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Art Department and Blick Art Materials, will choose a winner for grades K–4, 5–8 and 9–12 categories. Those winners will receive gift certificates to Blick Art Materials for $50, $150 and $250, respectively.

All entries will be exhibited in the Lee Road Library's art gallery in May. Winners will be announced at the Centennial Celebration at the Coventry Village Library on Sunday, May 1, where images of the winning artwork will be included in the library’s time capsule, to be unearthed in the year 2066. Prints will also be made for display in library branches.

“We are happy to provide support for our city’s library system and very excited to see what the students create for the competition,” said Justin Wills, manager of Blick Art Materials on Mayfield Road, which donated the gift certificate prizes.

“We think this will be a great way for us to see how the young people in our community view the library and share their perspectives with everyone else in our art gallery,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “Our strategic plan for the next year includes getting involved in community conversation, and this is just one more way for us to hear, or rather see, what our community thinks is important.”

In 2015, Heights Libraries transformed its art gallery, located on the first floor of the Lee Road Library, into a place where people can explore their imaginations and interact with one another in a unique format. The library created interactive exhibits inspired by the library’s programming themes: super heroes to tie in with summer reading themes, Alice in Wonderland in October, and Peter and the Starcatcher in November, in a collaboration with Dobama Theatre. This year the theme is art, with the Centennial Poster Art Exhibition and other ideas in the works, including a library staff art exhibition.

For more information about the Centennial Poster Art Competition and Exhibition, visit or call 216-932-3600, ext. 1250. 

Julia Murphy

Julia Murphy is the marketing and volunteer coordinator for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 2:07 PM, 02.29.2016