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Library acquires works of Illinois artists
Illinois Flatscape #71, 2001, acrylic on canvas

Harold Gregor, Bloomington

Sunday Morning Smile, 2001, mixed media

Ira Yarbrough, Mahomet

In July 2001, Booth Library's faculty and staff had the opportunity to provide input in the selection of works of art to be displayed in the newly renovated building. The pieces were displayed in a special exhibition entitled "A Selection of Illinois Artists," which took place at the Tarble Arts Center June 16 through July 29. The state’s Art-in-Architecture Committee formed for the Booth Library project had just completed their review. Out of 64 pieces submitted by Illinois artists, 25 were ultimately selected. Many of the works are representative of the school of artists known as the Heartland painters, featuring prairie scenes and other Illinois landscapes. Two of the selected pieces are depicted above.

This project is part of the Capital Development Board’s (CDB) Art-in-Architecture program. Illinois law requires that one half of one percent of all CDB project funds be invested in public art installations.