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Arts

Purpose Statement

Our purpose is to create a public forum for professional artists to interact with the community. The library presents a visual arts series of up to 12 group and solo exhibitions annually. The gallery has been in operation for over 40 years, and has presented the works of hundreds of artists in the Western New York and Greater Niagara region. We present an annual literature series featuring readings and discussions by professional writers.

Gallery Exhibits

The Olean Public Library Gallery has provided an exhibition venue for New York State artists since 1974, giving artists exposure and exhibiting experience and providing Greater Olean Area residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the work of contemporary visual artists.

Beatles Collection

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  • mixed media
  • February 1-14, 2014

Grace and Muster

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  • Lily Booth
  • February 22-March 29, 2014

Installation

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  • Catherine Willett,
    Maude White,
    Candace Camuglia
  • April 5-May 10, 2014

Greetings From Oil Country

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  • Victoria Manning
  • May 17-July 12, 2014

Parallels: Prints & Drawings

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Artists' reception sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Olean, NY, Inc.: Saturday, July 19 @ 2 PM.

  • Evan Hawkins
  • July 19-September 13, 2014

Members Show

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Artists' reception sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Olean, NY, Inc.: Saturday, September 20 @ 6 PM.

  • Catt. County Arts Council Members
  • September 20-October 25, 2014

So. Tier Biennial Solo Exhibit: Ceramics

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Artists' reception sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Olean, NY, Inc.: Saturday, December 13 @ 3 PM.

  • Jason Green
  • November 1-December 27, 2014

Collections

Call For Work

The Olean Public Library Visual Arts Program welcomes submissions from local and regional emerging and mid-career artists working in all media for consideration for our 2015 exhibition season.

Selection is based on artistic quality and potential of work, with an emphasis on emerging artists in New York State. Artists working in all media are shown.

Artists interested in exhibiting at the Olean Public Library Gallery should send proposals to:

Cori Wolff, Curator
C/O Buffalo Arts Studio
2495 Main Street, Suite 500
Buffalo, NY 14214

All submission packets must include:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Artist's statement
  4. 10-20 digital images on CD or DVD
  5. Corresponding image list
  6. Postcards, reviews, and/or other supporting materials (optional)
  7. Self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials

Artists Note

Artists interested in exhibiting at the Olean Public Library should contact curator Cori Wolff.

Literature Series

Craig Czury

Craig Czury will read from his work about fracking in Pennsylvania.

George Bilgere

George Bilgere is often featured on Garrison Keillor's radio show on PBS.

Hugh Martin

Hugh Martin, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, will read from his work.

Open Mic

Read from your work.

Author Note

Authors interested in reading at the Olean Public Library should contact coordinator Helen Ruggieri.

Associations

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Cattaraugus County Arts Council

“The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is an independent non-profit dedicated to promoting the creation, presentation, and appreciation of the arts, by making cultural opportunities available through our services surrounding the artistic side of life.”

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New York Foundation for the Arts

“The New York Foundation for the Arts is a state-wide service organization for artists that provides this free national information resource for artists in all disciplines and for those who support them in any way.”

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The New York State Council on the Arts

The New York State Council on the Arts has made these programs possible with public funding since 1974.

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