Exhibitions

An illustration of many exhibition picture frames

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.

Past Showing
Tuesday, September 5 to Friday, December 22, 2017

Coco Rico's Artist Statement:


The memories I have collected from my childhood experiences with family and friends help me create symbolic images. Objects in my work signify a person, a place, a time, or a situation that (I personally) have gone through. I have hidden in...

Past Showing
Tuesday, September 5 to Friday, December 22, 2017

What comes first – the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that will be on view.


I usually have a drafted message or an idea that I'd like to convey before I begin creating a piece. It can be a phrase that really resounds with me at the moment or only a...

Past Showing
Tuesday, September 5 to Friday, December 22, 2017

Lauren Seider is an illustrator and designer based in Kansas City. Her studio and illustrations tend to be full of light and vibrant color, and lots of yellow raincoats! In her practice, these things are all connected – manifesting the world of the Yellow Raincoat Society...

Past Showing
Tuesday, September 5 to Friday, December 22, 2017

The paintings in this exhibit were created during Memories in the Making©, a program of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Though words may become difficult and many abilities fade, each person has a lifetime of experiences that can find expression through art. In Memories in the...

Past Showing
Tuesday, June 20 to Tuesday, August 22, 2017

James P. McNamara is a poet. To understand McNamara's practice more, we asked him a series of questions before the exhibition. The following are his replies:


What comes first – the medium or the message?


It always come from an idea. Maybe just a line scribbled on a...

Past Showing
Tuesday, June 20 to Tuesday, August 22, 2017

John Hare is a Kansas City-based artist and cover artist for Johnson County Library's 2017 Summer Guide. Hare is a member of the Northland Exposure Artist’s Gallery and his art has been exhibited in Northland Exposure Artists’ Gallery, Hendershot Gallery at Labetter...

Past Showing
Tuesday, June 20 to Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Laurice Williams is a photographer. To understand Williams's practice more, we asked him a series of questions before the exhibition. The following are his replies:


What comes first – the medium or the message?
The medium. I capture art through the lens of a camera. I...

Past Showing
Thursday, June 1 to Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Jim Mathis is a photographer. For Mathis, his role as an artist is to "communicate visually an emotion or feeling, especially one that can't easily be expressed with words." To understand Mathis's practice more, we asked him a series of questions before the exhibition. The...

Past Showing
Thursday, June 1 to Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mugur Geana is a photographer. For his series on view, Geana utilized methods of street photography to capture his images. To understand Geana's practice more, we asked him a series of questions before the exhibition. The following are his replies:


What comes first – the...