Art Gallery

The Shaker Art Gallery

Art Gallery LogoThe library opened its art gallery on the second floor of the Main Library in 1998. Since then, many local artists have exhibited and sold artwork at the library. If you are interested in exhibiting your work at the library, please complete the Art Gallery Application to Exhibit form.

In 2000, the library began an annual juried Art Competition named in honor of former library director Barbara Luton. Applications are typically available in early January and the exhibit is juried and hung in March.

Public Art in the Library

Since its founding, Shaker Library has acquired a growing collection of public art. Highlights at Main Library include a 1941 Samuel Bookatz portrait of former library trustee and science writer David Dietz; a large mural depicting scenes from Alice in Wonderland by New York muralists Andrew Karoly and Louis Szanto and Sleepy ABC, a three panel collage by author/illustrator Esphyr Slobodkina (Caps for Sale).

Art by members of The Hillcrest Art Club is on display from December 10, 2017 through January 19, 2018

Meet the Artists Gallery-Opening Reception: 2-3 PM Sunday, December 10, 2017.


  Real People . . . Real Places . . and Three Ducks

Enjoy the watercolors by artist Chuck Delpapa on display from September 1 – October 13, 2017

Shaker Design Competition Submissions

Display of the Entries in the City’s Design Competition for the Moreland area were on display from June 1 – August 1, 2017.

  Art Exposed VIII: The Inner Workings of a High School Art Department:  May 5- May 23,2017
  Barbara Luton Art Show: March 26 – April 30

Best of Show: Automaton with Parasol by Debra Bream

First Place:  A View of My Neighbrhood by Jennifer Adams

Second Place: Knight of the Night by Derek Brennan

Third Place: Tomeka Levelle by Tricia Kaman

Honorable Mention: Imagine Waking Up without Pain and Stiffness by Julianne Edberg

Jurors:  Tiffany Graham and Erin Guido of Land Studio

  Notes from Black History: The Art of James Quarles
February 6 – February 28, 2017

Celebrate Black History Month with artwork by an award-winning artist. All art is available for sale and a portion of the sales benefits the Library’s Endowment Fund.

About the Artist

James Quarles is a Local Cleveland artist who attended Shaker Heights High School  where he studied under Keaf Holiday and Dan Whitely. He attended the Columbus College of Art and Design where he majored in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. After graduating in 2009, he returned home to Cleveland to pursue his passion of art through painting, screen printing, drawing, and writing.

Artist’s Statement

“This show focuses on those who have had a major influence on black history, and is my celebration of their contribution through my painting.”





From Intaglio to Collage: A World Journey November 6, 2016 – January 9, 2017
The art of Jane Petschek and Boni Suzanne Gelfand.