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



Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting

JANUARY 28 - MARCH 16 2015

This immersive exhibition takes visitors “into the woods” and through Thomas Cole’s studio to discover the ways he, and other artists of his time, pioneered cultural conversations that shaped our national landscape.


This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been adapted and is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting was organized by The Thomas Cole National Historic Site/Cedar Grove, Catskill, New York. 


Monday: 5 - 8 pm
Tuesday: 10:30 am - 12 noon; 5 - 8 pm
Wednesday: 10:30 am - 12 noon; 5 - 8 pm
Thursday: 10:30 am - 12 noon; 4 - 8 pm
Friday: 5 - 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm



Nature Writing Workshop with Professor John Bennion

February 26, 7:00 pm
March 5, 7:00 pm
March 12, 6:00 pm

Professor John Bennion has over 23 years experience conducting outdoor writing programs that use personal essay and memoir to promote student growth. Join him for a three-session writing workshop to hone your own writing skills.

Participation is limited. Register at the Attic Desk or by calling 801-852-7676.


Poetry in the Attic

Art isn't the only way to express appreciation and love of nature! Join us for one of three poetry experiences for all ages: 

Children's Poetry Workshop
Wednesday, March 4
4:30 pm

Is there a little poet in your house? Children ages 8-12 are invited to this special poetry workshop designed to help them learn to explore the natural world through poetry. Register at the Attic Desk or by calling 801-852-7676.

Teen Poetry Workshop
Tuesday, March 10
7:00 pm

Teens, are you interested in slam poetry but don't know how to begin? Come to our special, teens-only poetry workshop in preparation for our first-ever Attic Poetry Slam. 

Nature Poetry Slam
Friday, March 13
7:00 pm

Poetry enthusiasts, join us for our first-ever Attic Poetry Slam! Bring your best riffs, rhymes, and ramblings in poetic form to this nature-themed poetry slam. 


Attic Book Club

To accompany this exhibit, the Library is introducing our new Attic Book Club, a book club designed to engage with the ideas and themes of our exhibits through literature. For this exhibit, we will be reading and discussing Edward Abbey's DESERT SOLITAIRE. 

Register now at the Attic Desk or by calling 801-852-7676. Participants receive a FREE copy of the book while supplies last (1 per household); then join us for a discussion on Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm. 




Provo residents of all ages are invited to submit works of art for the Provo City Library’s first annual amateur art show, to be exhibited in the library April 17 - May 16, 2015. 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.   Prizes will be awarded in the following age-based categories:      

  • Elementary (ages 3-12)     
  • Secondary (ages 13-18)     
  • Adults (ages 18 and above)

If you are interested, please download and submit the following application along with a digital image of your artwork by February 28, 2015. 

Homegrown Call for Entries (fillable)


America in the 30's: Prints from the Federal Art Project

JUNE - JULY 2015

The prints selected for this exhibit are by artists associated with the California division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was created in 1935 to provide employment, encouragement, and, in part, support for American artists during the Great Depression. A major success of the program was in bringing the language of arts to remote areas of the United States. The project is also credited with initiating graphic arts workshops and commissions for printmakers throughout the nation and sponsoring the production of some 95,000 prints. This printmaking initiative made it possible for artists to produce high-quality multiple versions of their originals. Much of the work produced was democratic in nature and in theme, consistent with the Federal Art Project goals. This exhibition of prints by California artists includes strong images that help the contemporary viewer understand day-to-day life during the Great Depression in the western United States. Among the pieces are examples of both lithography and wood engraving techniques.

This exhibit is organized and circulated by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. 


Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books


This exhibition will present the most extensive public showing ever of original illustration art from American publishing’s best loved and most consequential picture-book series, Little Golden Books—the history-making experiment that celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2007. 

Launched in 1942—the first full year of America’s involvement in the Second World War—Little Golden Books made high quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and their parents. Among the artists who contributed to the ambitious series were greats of the European émigré community (including Garth Williams, Feodor Rojankovsky, and Tibor Gergely) who had gathered in New York as the European situation worsened; alumni of the Walt Disney Studios (including Gustaf Tenggren, Martin Provensen, J.P. Miller, and Mary Blair), who came East for the artistic freedom and control associated with picture-book making; and such American originals as Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry, and Hilary Knight.

60 masterpieces of original illustration art by these and other artists—chosen from the vast Random House archive—will be featured in the exhibition, including examples from such picture-book classics as The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, Home for a Bunny, The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse, The Color Kittens, I Can Fly, and more. 

This exhibit is organized and circulated by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. 

 Questions? Contact Erika Hill: 801-852-7685

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