The library’s art collection is now online!

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Detail, Artist Unknown, Germany: champagne glass, c. 1900

We’re building a database of the library’s collection of art – and you can search it the way you do the library’s catalog. Go to our new database to see the first 600 artworks from our art collection of more than 6,000 pieces.

You can search for your favorite artist, by medium (what it’s made of), title, or accession number. (That’s the number we assign to each object to keep track of it. The first four digits are the date we got it: 1901.001.230. The second number indicates that this is the first aquisition we made that year. The third number is the number of the object within the gift.)

screen shot of database site

To see a selection of art, click “Collection” and then click the type of art you like: ceramics, artist’s books, glass, paperweights, photographs, paintings and more.

Our library has collected art since 1890. Our first major gift was from Edward Wilder, Board of Trustees president. Wilder and his wife Mary donated 230 art nouveau era glass and ceramics, and all of these are featured on the database. We’ve also selected works from the rest of our collection, including local artists like Walter Hatke, Robert Sudlow, Robert Ebendorf and Avis Chitwood. You can “add to portfolio” to create your own virtual exhibit of your favorites.

Watch for new additions to the database. We’ll continue to add exhibits, artists, art, and biographical information about the artists, over the next few years.

Questions or suggestions? Email Sherry Best, Collection Curator. Let us know how you use the database!

Sherry Best

Our library has a very cool art collection, and I get to be in charge of it. I started drawing when I was 4 years old, and never stopped making art. I want to do more than show you art, I want to help you understand it, relate to it, and 'get' it. Art lets us share what it is to be human.