Art in the Library

The Ridgefield Library presents many programs and events for artists and lovers of art, including monthly rotating exhibits in The Gallery on the Lower Level of the Library, as well as programs and workshops. The Library also has a Fine Arts collection and many online resources on the arts.

Click here to see other scheduled exhibits and other art related programs coming up at the Library.

Art Exhibits

Votes for Women: The Road To Victory

On View from through April 30

Talk and Reception: Sunday, March 1, 4 PM

Please visit the Ridgefield Historical Society website to see some of the panels and listen to behind the scenes podcasts about the exhibit.

Votes for Women: The Road to Victory is a beautifully rendered, eleven-panel exhibit that seamlessly blends original artwork with a visually stimulating overview of Women’s Suffrage history in celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. The colorful and playful panels depict various themes and periods of American Suffrage on the local, state, and national levels, outlining significant campaigns and famous suffragists including key Connecticut and Ridgefield proponents. In addition, this provocative exhibit will shed light on the anti-suffragist movement, the exclusion of black women from white suffrage movements and the subsequent development of a parallel black suffrage movement, the ongoing fight for equal rights, and the continued disenfranchisement of women.

The exhibit is researched by the Ridgefield Historical Society and the League of Women Voters of Ridgefield, created by local artist Bil Mikulewicz, and curated by Dr. Heather Prescott, an expert in the field and a faculty member at Central Connecticut State University.

In addition to the exhibit at the Library there will also be a Suffrage Exhibit taking place at Town Hall during March, which will feature artifacts and more!

This exhibit is supported by CT Humanities and Fairfield County Bank and is part of the Votes for Women: Ridgefield Celebrates the 19th Amendment series.

 

ARTalks 2019–2020

ARTalks is a series that explores the creative process through programs and workshops about art, architecture, and design. The series is co-sponsored by the Library and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

Click here for a printable brochure of our most recent ARTalks series or here for a full listing and to register for programs.

For Artists

The Ridgefield Library welcomes the display of art exhibitions in its Gallery space in keeping with its mission that the Library “anticipates and meets the evolving needs of our community. We are an essential partner and the place where people go to discover, question, learn and connect.”

The Library’s Program Department will review a representative sample of the artist’s portfolio and decide if it is suitable for a Library exhibition. As the exhibition space is in a public space, the artwork must meet appropriate community standards and be suitable for all ages. Exhibitions are selected by the Library on the basis of aesthetic quality, educational interest, and appeal and relevance to the community.

If you would like to be considered to show your work at the Library please email Laurie McGavin Bachmann at [email protected] for more information.

The Gallery

Click here for a 3D walk through of the Gallery featuring Woodblock prints by Mark Ceconi, that were exhibited in November 2017.

Fine Arts Collection

The Library’s Fine Arts Collection is housed in the Sara and Rudy Ruggles, Jr. Fine Arts Reading Room on the Upper Level, in the original 1903 part of the building.