Beaverton City Library
Arts at the Library
Apart from being one of the busiest libraries in the state of Oregon, the Beaverton City Library is home to public art installations, Beaverton Visual Chronicles and performing arts presentations.
The Beaverton City Library, one of the busiest library facilities in the state, serves an area population of approximately 136,000. Each month, more than 70,000 people visit the library and more than 2.5 million items are checked out per year. In 2009, more than 4,113 children signed up for the summer reading program. The Library is open seven days per week and maintains a collection of more than 300,000 items.
Beaverton City Library
12375 SW 5th Street
Children's Art at Beaverton City Library
Washington artist and illustrator, Bryn Barnard, created the portal archway frieze and desk panels in the Children’s Room. The artwork, dedicated in April of 2010, depicts animals taking off and flying through the sky on books and other information resources such as computers and CDs.
"The talents of Beaverton’s youth continue to astound me year after year. Our community is truly brimming with support for the arts. These sensational art students, businesses and individuals exemplify this support with their invaluable contributions and efforts to foster the arts in Beaverton.." —Mayor Denny Doyle
The project was a partnership between the Beaverton City Library and the Beaverton Arts Commission. Nearly 200 artists throughout the nation responded to the call for art that was issued by the Arts Commission in November 2009. The proposal was selected by the Art Commission’s Library Art Committee comprised of library staff, Library Board, Arts Commission board members, and local Beaverton artists.
The selection committee was charged with selecting a work of high artistic quality with the following criteria:
- Characteristics of the Beaverton City Library, particularly its architecture.
- Appropriate size and durability (the surface should be cleanable and vandalism resistant.
- Suitable for a high-traffic public facility (should not pose any safety concerns i.e. no protruding point surfaces).
- The artwork should be attractive and inviting to children.
Public Art Installations
The lobby of the library is home to a ceramic tile wall creation by artist Jun Kaneko. “A native of Nagoya, Japan, Kaneko lives and works principally in Omaha, Nebraska; yet Hawaii, Maine, Oregon, Japan, and the Netherlands have all known him as a resident artist. Artist Jun Kaneko is known internationally, especially for his large-scale ceramic sculpture, such as his dangos — tall, colorfully glazed, pod-like forms named after the Japanese word for dumpling. His work breaks the bounds of customary scale and function for ceramic art with its human-scaled slab-constructed sculptures of clay. Kaneko’s love for surface, design, and mark-making is evident not only in his familiar work in ceramic, but also in his wide-ranging endeavors in painting and drawing.”
Beaverton Visual Chronicles
The Beaverton Visual Chronicles Collection is located around the perimeter of the second floor of the Beaverton City Library. The collection includes works by local artists, which document the life of the Beaverton community past and present.
Performing Arts Venue
The Library houses a 1728 square foot handicap accessible auditorium in the lower level of the building, which seats 150 people. This stage is home to the Beaverton Civic Theatre and is available to rent.