The Waukesha Public Library provides an exceptional setting for exhibiting works of art. These works
add immensely to the special character of the newly renovated building, inspire joy, provoke thought,
and preserve our community's heritage.
After successfully installing works by three local artists, Michael Foster, Philip Krejcarek, and Charles Wickler,
in 2006, the Library's Public Art Committee recommended to the Library Board that the following artists be asked
to create the second round of art for the building. For a copy of the public art brochure, please click
Amy Cropper, an associate professor of art at Carroll University since 1995, teaches sculpture, drawing,
and ceramics. She recently completed a commissioned work of community art for UW-Stevens Point.
Cropper will be creating two large pieces specifically for the Reading Room.
Peggy Thurston Farrell, an assistant professor of art at Carroll College since 1991, has been widely exhibited and
collected. Over the years, her art has developed from a two-dimensional print medium to
collaged, painted, and silk-screened three-dimensional paper and wood constructions. She plans
to create art reflecting the evolution of language for the New Books area.
David Fode, an illustrator who heads the traditional glass painting department of Conrad Schmitt
Studios, started Haeuser Heil Studios in order to promote the idea of glass as an accessible
medium for individualized expression. He will be creating a unique piece for the first floor.
Janet Roberts has exhibited widely and is included in numerous public collections. In the past ten years
she has been creating collages that are inspired by old photographs and materials from the 30's,
40's, and 50's. The Library will be purchasing an oil painting on flag and quilt, entitled Tradition
on the Line
, that Roberts created in 2006.
In 2005, a ten-member Public Art Committee consisting of local artists, art professors, and citizen art
lovers reviewed artists' submissions for the Library. The Committee unanimously recommended that three
local artists be asked to create the first works of art for the building. The Board enthusiastically
approved the following selections:
Michael Stanford Foster, Art Teacher, Waukesha South High School: "Sensing the Whole"; a series of large
oil panels for the entry area.
Philip Krejcarek, Professor of Art, Carroll College: "Waukesha Cityscape I & II", and "Waukesha Skyline";
Black & white photographs of landmark buildings in the City of Waukesha and black metal sculptures
inspired by the photos.
Charles Wickler, Retired elementary Art Teacher, Hamilton School District, Sussex: "Wordwork/ Waukesha";
Colorful 'word piece' using words relating to our community's diversity.
The cost of the art has been funded with private dollars donated by community members and by
Friends of the Waukesha Public Library.
Donations, which are tax deductible, may be sent to:
Waukesha Public Library Art Fund
321 Wisconsin Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186
Levels of Support
Rotating Art Collection
The Waukesha Public Library offers a gallery wall for Waukesha County artists to display two
dimensional works of art. These works will complement the art on permanent display on the Library’s first floor.
A different artist or group of artists will be featured on a rotating schedule.
The collection to be coordinated by the Library’s Public Art Committee seeks to: present a variety of
works by local artists, help local artists increase their public exposure, and promote art throughout
Waukesha City and County.
Interested artists need to complete the
Application for Gallery Space, also available at the Reference Desk.
Please contact Administrative Assistant Joan Quinlan at (262) 524-3694 or
email@example.com for more information.
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