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Olean Public Library Serving the community since 1871


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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Artists' reception sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Olean, NY, Inc.: Saturday, February 22 @ 2 PM.

  • Lily Booth
  • February 22-March 29, 2014


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Artists' reception sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Olean, NY, Inc.: Saturday, April 5 @ 2 PM.

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


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  • Victoria Manning
  • May 17-July 12, 2014


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  • Evan Hawkins
  • July 19-September 13, 2014

So. Tier Biennial Solo Exhibit: Ceramics

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  • Jason Green
  • September 20-October 25, 2014


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

Dr. Denny Wilkins

Dr. Denny Wilkins professes journalism at St. Bonaventure University. He has climbed, hiked, kayaked, photographed, skied, and otherwise meandered aimlessly throughout the American West for decades. He has degrees in geology, environmental studies, and communication—and has tried to make use of them as a co-founder of the progressive cultural blog His photography can be viewed at He is broadly interested in how the world works and why it works that way. He hates writing, although he does like having written well. Excerpts of his novel, mapping Utah, can be read at

Copies of the book mapping Utah will be available at the event for a discounted price of $10.

William Heyen

American poet, editor, and literary critic William Heyen is Professor of English/Poet in Residence Emeritus at SUNY Brockport, his undergraduate alma mater. His M.A and Ph.D. degrees are from Ohio University, and he has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by SUNY. He has been honored with numerous awards including those from the National Endowment for the Arts (in 1974 and again in 1995), Guggenheim, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Heyen's work has appeared in hundreds of anthologies and in magazines. His manuscripts, correspondence and collection of first editions of modern American authors are archived in the Rare Books Collection at the University of Rochester, Boston University, the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and at the University of New Hampshire.

Presented in the Magnano Reception Room on the JCC Cattaraugus County Campus sponsored by the Campus Program Committee and the Olean Public Library with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Author Note

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


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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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