Your library is home to over 5,000 works of art from paintings and prints, to glass and ceramic wonders. We are also home to a small ethnographic collection of African art and textiles as well as a unique collection of Chinese decorative arts. Here at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery we are constantly asked where we keep all of the Library’s art collection, well this week I want to give you a peek into Special Collection Storage in the basement of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
While the objects are stored in the basement and are out of sight, they are never far from our minds. Currently the Sabatini Gallery staff is working to digitize and catalog the complete art collection so that you can browse whenever you need an “art fix”. Until then, you can see wonderful examples of the Library’s vast art collection everywhere.
Here are a few pieces you might want to look for next time you are in the library:
Kansas: 4 Directions from Topeka
Oil on canvas
3) West wing (look up!)
Wheat (mobile), 1957
Aluminum, steel, brass
4) Entryway of the North Reading Room
5) North Reading Room (west wall)
Nils Gustof’s House, 1938