Public Art at Monticello Library

Johnson County Library is pleased to feature the work of area artists which are on display at Monticello Library at 22435 W. 66th Street in Shawnee.

Words from the Artists:

BETH NYBECK - Inside Out
“I bend and shape large sheets of metal into elegant abstract sculpture. My work for the new Library, turns my eye to the human figure. In this Corten steel diptych I am speaking particularly to our human relationships with each other – parent and child, friend to friend – and to how we translate knowledge and wisdom to one another. These large steel forms will be installed along the exterior Storywalk and will appeal to viewers from all backgrounds."

   - Beth Nybeck is a metal sculptor and public artist. She currently lives and works in Kansas City.


JIM WOODFILL and STEPHEN LICHTY - Mediated Set (cart forms and glass inclusions)

“Our contribution to the Library consists of seven modified book cart sculptures and a set of adjustments to the glass separating the building’s private meeting rooms from an otherwise open plan. As a consequence of our collaborative approach these works represent a full stack of conceptual and material negotiations. Two people looking at the same thing will see something different. Learning to affirm difference has been the virtue and strength of our collaboration, and a virtue that is echoed both by the County’s willingness to commission our experimental project, and by the infinite possibilities – the sanctuary – given by any library and the agency of its patrons."

  - Stephen Lichty is an artist born in Kansas City currently living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. James Woodfill is a multi-media artist living and working in Kansas City. He is a Professor at the Kansas City Art Institute. Their Mediated Set – Glass Inclusions are located on the large meeting room doors and each study room glass wall, on the first and second floors. Mediated Set – Cart Forms (modified book cart sculptures) are located throughout the Library.

For more information about these wonderful art installations download a Family Art Guide .