Exhibitions

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Johnson County Library is proud to share the work of Kansas City metro area visual artists in our library art galleries. We have ten library branches with dedicated art gallery spaces to inspire people of all ages and beautify our libraries. We seek a diverse selection of artwork that inspires, educates and promotes community connection. If you're a local artist interested in submitting your artwork for consideration, learn more here.

While we are taking a break from in-person Exhibitions due to COVID-19 precautions, we will continue to feature interviews with some of the best visual artists in the Kansas City metro area.

Past Showing
Sunday, August 30 to Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso (/pɪˈkɑːsoʊ, -ˈkæsoʊ/;[2] Spanish: [ˈpaβlo piˈkaso]; 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973), was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture,[3][4] the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.

Past Showing
Saturday, June 13 to Sunday, August 9, 2015

Artist Aaron Sutton describes his work as “multi-cultural afro cosmic.” His formative years were exposed to sci-fi and horror and influenced by comics, video games and heavy metal artwork. “In 1986, I remember seeing the movie, Legend, going home and drawing the demon/devil...

Past Showing
Saturday, June 13 to Sunday, August 9, 2015

Using copper and silver, Lisa Coyan skillfully manipulates metal to create ornate designs that maintain the characteristics of the stones with which she is working. Many of these stones are hand selected for their rough-hewn qualities and naturally occurring elegance.   

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Past Showing
Saturday, June 13 to Sunday, August 9, 2015

Kansas City, MO, artist Spenser Albertsen’s paintings are influenced by the “grand gestures, the texture, the bright, almost invasive color palates” of modern and postmodern art. Albertsen, who attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and graduated with a major in...

Past Showing
Saturday, June 13 to Sunday, August 9, 2015

In the artist’s words:


My “day job” is capturing people’s personalities in portraits for corporations, fundraising events and personal photos. But when I’m traveling I’m always on the lookout for the oddities that man creates to express himself. I have several ...

Past Showing
Thursday, June 4 to Sunday, August 23, 2015

Brad Sneed was brought up on a farm in Newton, KS, which provided a rich start for the young artist. He used objects around the family farm as themes for his art and referenced animals and other farm equipment as inspiration for his drawings and paintings. Sneed had varied...

Past Showing
Thursday, June 4 to Sunday, August 23, 2015

In 2012 three friends – a poet, a fabric artist and an embroiderer – decided to collaborate on a creative work. Working from prompts, they met several times presenting, discussing and revising their works. Shown in Wichita and Kansas City in 2013, their work led them to a...