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).

20th Annual Barbara Luton Art Show

March 31 – May 3, 2019

Art Gallery Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: 2:15 pm Sunday, March 31

Meet and mingle with the artists juried into this year’s show and enjoy their art, which is availbale for sale.

Art Exposed: The Inner Workings of a High School Art Department

May 10 through May 24, 2019

Enjoy the multimedia exhibit of students from Shaker Heights High School and Shaker Heights Middle School.



Hillcrest Art Club

December 2018 – January 2019

Altered Realities by Shelia N. Markowitz

October 1 – November 19, 2018

The Van Sweringens’ Ads and their Artists on loan from the  Shaker Historical Museum

August 21-September 24, 2018

The Voice of Today’s Quilts by the African American Quilt and Doll Guild

June 5 – July 31, 2018

Art Exposed IX: The Inner Workings of An Art Department

Exhibit of art by Shaker Heights High School and Shaker Middle chool students.

May 11 – May 23


19th Annual Barbara Luton Art Show

Galley-Opening and Awards Ceremony 2-4 pm Sunday, March 25, 2018

Meet the artists whose work was juried into this year’s show.

Exhibit on display on the Main Library Art Wall March 25 – May 4, 2018

Rings of Life: The Trees of Shaker Heights – Photo Contest with the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Exhibit on display from February 2 – March 15
Art by members of The Hillcrest Art Club is on display from December 10, 2017 through January 19, 2018Meet 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.