‘Spectacular’ New Murals at Main Library

Ch-ch-ch-changes have come to the stairwells for the W. Dale Clark Main Library.

Students from the Kent Bellows Studio Urban Arts Programs took over the stairwells in fall 2011 to bring new artwork to its walls.

Six high school students developed an art concept and design for the walls by working with mentors Steve Walsh and Gerard Pefung. The two different murals “combine inspiration from the written word and books, and from the visual vocabulary of street art,” said Weston Thomson, education manager at the Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts.

The young artists worked on bringing the concepts to reality. The contemporary, urban art designs of the stairwells feature a scroll of great thoughts, winding its way up the stairs into the library and a graffiti-inspired representation of reading and learning.

“This partnership provides a fantastic creative opportunity for Omaha’s youth and results in spectacular murals for the library,” Omaha Public Library executive director Gary Wasdin said.

View the work in progress below and then visit Main Library and check them out for yourself!


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