art department


Book covers of recommended Pantone and color related books
Rachel Kitzmann, May 12, 2020

In the year 2000, Pantone, a company most known for its precision color matching system, announced its very first Color of the Year. By 2007, the December announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year had become a much-anticipated event, forecasting graphic design, fashion, and product trends.

Saxophone inventor, Adolphe Sax
Keith Chaffee, June 28, 2019

On June 28, 1846, the saxophone was patented by its inventor, Adolphe Sax. He had been developing the instrument for several years before the patent was issued, but the patent is as close as we come to having an actual “birthday” for any musical instrument.

stylized view of the parking structure on first and olive
Kelly Wallace, January 23, 2019

Have you been by the corner of First Street and Olive recently? Remember that ugly structure where you parked when you had jury duty? Familiarly referred to as the Erector Set or Tinker Toy garage, the infamous parking structure is no longer there.

colored drawing of women's clothes from 1845
Tina Lernø, September 13, 2018

I love fashion and seeing all the beautiful new clothes and styles coming out for the fall season.

Portrait of Yun Isang
Alan Westby, May 29, 2018

The library has recently added its first scores by the Korean composer Yun Isang (윤이상 / 尹伊桑) to our collection.

Photo of composers with a musical notes background
Alan Westby, March 30, 2018

Women's History Month provides an opportunity to highlight some of the new scores in our collection by women composers. Many of these scores are the first works by these composers in our music collection.

88-key Casio Privia PX-350 Digital Piano
Alan Westby, December 05, 2017
The Art, Music & Recreation Department at Central Library will now be providing a musical keyboard for patron use in the depart

coffee cup with musical notes as steam and the text Song a Day for a Month Concert
Alan Westby, July 28, 2017
Song-A-Day for a Month is a community of individuals who challenge each others' creativity in an interesting way.

Two split images: On the left an image of martial artist Bruce Lee, on the right an image of his daughter Shannon Lee.
Elizabeth Graney, July 19, 2017

Bruce Lee died tragically young at the age of 32 of cerebral edema but his legacy lives on.