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LIBRARY EXHIBIT SPACES

THE ATTIC AT ACADEMY SQUARE

The Attic at Academy Square is the Provo City Library's exhibit space dedicated to bringing in the best art, science, and history exhibits from around the country.

The Attic is located on the 4th floor of the Academy Wing of the Library, accessible only by elevator. Use the elevator at the West end of the building.

 ON DISPLAY NOW 

THE ANDERSON ART GALLERY

The Anderson Art Gallery is dedicated to showcasing the best local art our community has to offer.  This gallery is located on the Second Floor of the Academy Building, Room #220. 

 ON DISPLAY NOW 


ON DISPLAY IN THE ATTIC: SMALL WONDERS

PLAN YOUR VISIT

The Attic is open Monday - Friday from 3:30 - 8:00 pm.

We are happy to accommodate group tours and activities with advance notice. 

Please call 801-852-7685 to schedule a group tour or activity in the Attic. 

Through incredible macro photography, Small Wonders aims to inspire, in an artistic way, our natural curiosity to understand the form, function, and diversity of nature. 

In the air, water, and even underfoot, insects inhabit every domain of our daily lives, performing essential functions that balance our fragile ecosystem on earth. By using cutting-edge technology and custom methods, artist Bob Sober created Small Wonders: Insects in Focus, an exhibition of breathtaking beauty that allows viewers to see this hidden world like they’ve never seen it before. Small Wonders aims to inspire, in an artistic way, our natural curiosity to understand the form, function, and diversity of nature.

Insects have been on earth for 350 million years, while sharing the planet with humans for only the past 2 million years. Hundreds of thousands of insect species have been documented (scientists believe 30 million may exist), far outnumbering the total of all other animal species. Insects are so prolific that thousands share our own backyards.

Creating human-scale images of insects, with resolution so high that every hair, dimple, and tiny structure is clearly revealed, was impossible prior to the technological advancements of the past ten years. High-resolution digital cameras, fast personal computers, economical digital storage, and powerful software applications capable of assisting with the assembly of hundreds or thousands of individual photographs create the opportunity to capture accurate images of insects as they truly exist. 

These new ways of seeing confront viewers with the idea that insects display the elements we attribute to good design or beautiful artwork. Colors like neon green, sapphire blue, crimson red, deep violet, and brilliant yellow are all part of the insect world. Wild, multi-colored patterns sometimes come from hair, sometimes from iridescent scales, and other times from colors integral to the insect’s exoskeleton. Smooth metallic finishes and heavily stippled textures may exist on the same insect. Strange body shapes, delicate wing structures, and beautifully engineered body components captivate. These tiny creatures are indeed artwork, in every sense of the word.

Bob Sober, a visual artist as well as a technological pioneer whose photographic techniques are the subject of educational tutorials, offers a series of thirty images that bring the natural world to a scale rarely experienced until now. Small Wonders finds viewers at the intersection of art and science and brings together two fields of thought in a provocative and inspiring way.

The exhibition is organized byExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.


NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES

HOMEGROWN ART SHOW 2023

Artists of all ages are invited to submit works of art for the Provo City Library’s annual amateur art show. The purpose of this juried show is to encourage and cultivate the creativity of Provo’s amateur artists (an amateur artist is someone who does not derive a steady income from, or teach art). We accept entries in 2-D and 3-D visual art, including (but not limited to) paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, ceramic, glass, and metal art. 

Full rules are listed at the beginning of each application. Apply by 11:59 PM, February 28. 

YOUTH ENTRIES (ages 3 - 18) 

ADULT ENTRIES (ages 18 and up)


THE ANDERSON ART GALLERY

The Anderson Art Gallery is dedicated to showcasing the best local art our community has to offer.  This gallery is located on the Second Floor of the Academy Building, Room #220. 

The Anderson Art Gallery is currently changing exhibitions.

EXHIBITING ART AT THE LIBRARY

If you are an artist interested in exhibiting work at the Library, please call 801-852-7691. We regularly display local work in the Anderson Art Gallery. The Attic at Academy Square features touring exhibits and hosts our annual Homegrown Amateur Art Show.