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Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Exhibit Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9 AM-PM
Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM
Sunday: 1 PM-5 PM

Portraits of People I Will Never Know

March 16–May 17

Artist: Larry Simon


Gallery Talk: Wednesday, April 12, 6:15 PM • Library Lobby

Larry Simon takes his inspiration from seemingly everyday objects, surfaces, and scenes that are transformed into painterly short stories when given the chance. He often works with a blend of soft and sharp focus to create a composed narrative shrouded in a sense of the unknown: the Inner World that resides in our subconscious, a place where we cannot fill in all the blanks. Larry blends his instincts for street photography with his love of abstraction to tell compelling, often solitudinous tales through the lenses of his rangefinder camera, without zoom or tripod, and free of filters or post manipulation. He is mostly self-taught. A constant roamer, Larry Simon is based in Chicago.

The Gift of Art

Over the years, the Friends of the Glenview Library have not only contributed more than a million dollars to the Library, they also have given artwork for designated Library locations and have donated from their own collections. When you enter the Library from the underground garage, take notice of Field Scene. This colorful, evocative painting by David W. Voros was commissioned in 1986 to hang behind the Circulation Desk in the old Library. Treasures from the past have been recently installed in the Community Room. The Navajo rug and two Native American portraits were gifts from the Louann Van Zelst family. Age dimmed their beauty, but they now have been restored by the Friends (see page 11 for photos). These three pieces help us remember our country’s first settlers and the beauty and craftsmanship of Native American handiwork for everyday use. The next time you attend a Library program, make sure to view these stunning works.

Art Submission

If you are an artist interested in exhibiting at the Glenview Public Library, please submit a proposal including:

General description of work

Artist statement

Size of work/frames

All artwork must be professionally framed and fit the standards of the exhibit hanging system
References/other shows in which the artist has exhibited

Mail or email photos representative of the artist’s proposed exhibit portfolio, or provide a link to a website with an online portfolio for proposal consideration

Contact information, including phone number, address, and email address

A limited number of exhibits are displayed each year. Many more requests are submitted than can be accommodated. Artists should not expect that proposals to exhibit will be accepted.

Public Gallery Policy (PDF)

Direct your proposal by mail or email to:
Communications Director
Glenview Public Library
1930 Glenview Road
Glenview, IL 60025

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