Art Installations

Public art that reflects a community of tradition and innovation

We have more than a dozen pieces of art on permanent display, as well as our own gallery on the second floor. Much of the public art was commissioned for the opening of the new library building in 2004. All artwork in the library is funded by generous private donations.

Robert Barry of Teaneck, N.J., a highly regarded conceptual artist, has created a project of thought-provoking words etched into a bluestone corner on the building's exterior. Robert Barry
Katherine Hackl of Lambertville, N.J., created 13 ceramic art panels of varying sizes depicting aspects of local history for the Princeton Room, second floor. CLOSED FOR RENOVATION Princeton Room
Susan Hockaday of Princeton, N.J., created a wooden cut-out bas relief sculpture called “River Shadows” for the first floor fireplace. PHOTO COMING SOON
Margaret K. Johnson of Princeton, N.J., was commissioned to create a layered textile wall sculpture of minimalist elegance for the Quiet Room, 1st floor. In addition, the print, “Of Music on a Summer Night,” is on the first floor. Margaret Johnson
Ik-Joong Kang of New York, N.Y., created “Happy World,” a mixed media wall installation for the lobby featuring 3,700 paintings and carvings by the artist interspersed with artifacts and words contributed by the community. Happy World


Tom Nussbaum of Montclair, N.J., who makes figurative sculptures that are as thought-provoking as they are whimsical, created four pieces for the children's area on the third floor. Tom Nussbaum
Faith Ringgold of Englewood, N.J., a renowned artist and writer, is featured on the third floor with a mosaic mural from her award winning book “Tar Beach.”  
Naomi Savage  of Princeton, N.J., created “Sphinx-Ozymandias,” using experimental and unique photographic process to create a playful abstraction of a statue located at Morven. The piece is located in the Administration Office.




Carol Schepps of West Windsor, N.J., created two handmade, abstract quilts: one at the second floor fireplace, “Incandescence,” and another, “Yearning Suns,” in the Administration Conference Room on the third floor.




Buzz Spector, a highly respected book and illustration artist from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., created a unique donor book providing an artistic acknowledgment for the 950 contributors to the library’s capital campaign. Donor Book
Armando Sosa, a Guatemalan-born weaver who lives in Hopewell, N.J., created a large weaving that is the focal point of for the second floor. CLOSED FOR RENOVATION  
Mary Taylor of Rochester, N.Y., created “Louis the Trumpeter Swan,” a 7-foot sculpture inspired from the book “Trumpet of the Swans” for the third floor. Louis the Trumpeter Swan

Legacy Art

Two pieces of public art from the previous library building, which operated at 65 Witherspoon St. from 1966 to 2001, can be seen in the existing library. Beloved by generations of young people in Princeton, “Girl with Bird,” a bronze by Dorothea Greenbaum, can be found outside the third floor Story Room. A bust of Princeton native Paul Robeson by Antonio Salemme will return to the Princeton Room when renovation of the second floor is complete