What's on right now in the Gallery?

Minnesota-based, internationally known artist HOTTEA describes his work as “interacting with public spaces non-destructively.” HOTTEA, whose full name is Eric Rieger, has created an original work of art, "Elaine," commissioned by the Library for its beautiful atrium. The work may be viewed during the Library's regular hours, or experienced in a deeper way at our "Sundays With Elaine" events. Details.

Rieger's work has been seen on the streets of Chicago and Minneapolis-Saint Paul, on the stages of New York Fashion Week, at musical experiences like the Eaux Claires Festival and a series of concerts by Bon Iver at the Sydney Opera House, and on the sands of Ala Moana Beach in Honolulu. He has even appeared on Sesame Street and recently worked at Paisley Park to honor the passing of Prince. His work will be on display at the Barrington Area Library through 2016.


History of the Gallery

Gallery in the Library

Created in 1979, the Gallery in the Library hosts up to six exhibits per year, each typically spanning two months. In June 2014, with additional space, a new look, and the Walker Display system, the Gallery in the Library is once again presenting lively and thought-provoking works of art to library visitors. The Gallery is now curated by the Art Advisory Committee: Public Information Manager Karen McBride, Assistant Librarian Sam Adams-Lanham and Assistant Librarian Ashley Brooke Sero, along with Board of Trustees Liaison to the Gallery Barbara Pintozzi.

About the Gallery space

The Gallery in the Library is located throughout the first and second floors of the library and is open to the public seven days a week.
Artists: interested in knowing the measurements of our exhibit walls?

Library Area Width Height Notes
First Floor      
Internet Café (dark grey wall) 31' 6" 8' 6"  
Business & Tech Center (dark grey wall) 25' 6" 9'  
Media Browsing (rust red wall) 4' 1" 9' left of 90" monitor niche
Media Browsing (rust red wall) 9' 9" 9' right of 90" monitor niche
Media Browsing (dark grey wall) 7' 11" 9' Dimensions do not include door on this wall
Base of Stair Tower (dark grey wall) 5' 5" 9' Although wall is wider, Walker System covers only 5' 5"
Second Floor      
Reading Commons (dark grey wall) 22' 8" 9' 8" New Book shelves in area are 5' high
Young Adult area (dark grey wall) 19' 6" 9' 6" Book shelves in area are 5' 10" high

Mission Statement

The Barrington Area Library's arts program expands the library's mission by stimulating imagination and fostering lifelong learning. The Committee's goal is to give local artists the opportunity to present new work in a public setting and encourages all artists in the Barrington area and surrounding communities to submit an application for consideration.