Ray Chi, a 2013 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship recipient in the established artist category. His work
varies greatly from furniture and film to public art. He is currently an associate lecturer at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
“I am truly honored to have been selected for this public art commission. I have called this city 'home' for the past 16 years and have always considered the East Library to be ‘my library,’” said Chi. “I feel a special sense of duty to give back to this place that has given so much to me and my family over the years. It is my hope that this artwork will help rekindle a sense of wonder in all of us, and open our eyes and minds to the potential for beauty to reveal itself in every aspect of our daily lives.”
Timeline November 20 RFQ Issued
December 9 Artist portfolios due
December 16 Committee meets to review portfolios; selects finalists
December 20 Finalists invited to submit proposals
January 21 – 4:00 pm Artist proposals due
January 24 Proposals posted on library website; public input accepted
February 4 Public Presentations by artists; committee selects artists
February 28 Contracts Issued
March ‐ July Design and fabrication process
July ‐ October Installations scheduled and completed
November 2014 Library Opens
Interior Public Art - currently in progress
The new East Branch will feature two public art works commissioned by the library. A Request for Qualifications seeking artists’ portfolios was issued in June. Five finalists were selected from the entries and asked to submit site-specific concept proposals and present the concepts at a public meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12. The finalists were selected by the Public Art Selection Committee (members can be found on page 5 of the RFQ.) The artists and/or artistic teams who were selected as finalists are listed below, as well as the two artists who were chosen, Santiago Cucullu and kathryn e. martin.
The public art project for the East Branch is funded by grants received from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Mary Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and from the the sale of the former East Library Eames furnishings.
Be Part of the Art at East! | View Full Media Release
“Did you get engaged by the Northpoint Lighthouse? Did your child take a first step in Back Bay Park? Does your family enjoy picnics on the lakefront? Milwaukeeans now have a chance to inspire the design and content of public art at the new East Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library (MPL.)
Santiago Cucullu, one of two local artists recently selected to create public art installations in the new East Branch, is seeking public participation in his commission. He wants to know what architectural features around Milwaukee Libraries are inherent parts of your story. Milwaukee residents of all ages are encouraged to share stories about key events in their lives that occurred near one of MPL’s branch libraries. The stories and images will inspire a series of murals inside the library that are based on geographical features surrounding MPL locations.
Stories (not to exceed 500 words) and images may be posted to the Milwaukee Public Library “Be Part of the Art at East” Facebook Event Page, sent to email@example.com or dropped off or mailed to the temporary East Branch location, 2430 N. Murray Avenue, Attention: Public Art. The submission deadline is Sunday, November 24th.
Many of East Library’s Herman Miller Eames chairs and other furnishings were auctioned by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on July 25. The funds raised from the sale will support public art in the new East Branch opening in the fall of 2014.
You can own a piece of East Library history too!
Future Auction Dates -
In Milwaukee: November 7, 2013
In Chicago: September 11, October 9, 17, and 23, 2013
Check out the construction progress of East Library! Photos will be updated throughout the rebuild. View the photo album here!
The Standard @ East Library
Breaking ground at East Library on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, Milwaukee Public Library Director Paula Kiely, Ryan Schultz of HSI Properties, Mayor Tom Barrett, Brett Haney of HSI Properties, and Third District Alderman Nik Kovac. Picture by Tessera Design.
Milwaukee residents will soon have a new East Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library. Construction is now underway on a multi-use development on the site - The Standard @ East Library - a 5-story building housing a new 16,000 square foot library, 99 apartments with underground parking, surface parking for library patrons and a retail space adjacent to the library on the first floor. The Standard @ East Library is being developed by HSI, Inc. and designed by Engberg Anderson. For more information contact (414) 227-0900 or visit http://www.thestandardmke.com/.
With the support of Mayor Tom Barrett and the Common Council, the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees approved the construction of a new East Branch as part of the mixed-use development. The library redevelopment is targeted for completion in December of 2014.
Milwaukee Public Library selected HGA Architects to design the new library and the design team has been hard at work in 2013 developing the new library space. Visit the gallery of renderings for the new East Branch presented at a public meeting in April, 2013.
East Library Temporary Site
During construction of the new East Branch, the library is temporarily relocated at 2430 N. Murray Ave. The temporary library space houses a smaller collection of materials, laptops which patrons can check out and use while visiting the library, hold pick-ups, a book drop and access to the many virtual amenities the Milwaukee Public Library system has available to library card holders. The temporary space will maintain the same library hours.
Milwaukee Public Library East Branch Artist Presentations • Thursday, September 12th ~ 6 p.m.
Milwaukee Public Library Centennial Hall, Loos Room 733 N. 8th St. Street parking is free after 6:00 pm
The Milwaukee Public Library’s Public Art Selection Committee will hold a meeting to hear presentations by the five finalists selected to develop public art concepts for the new East Branch. The finalists will each present design ideas to attendees. The meeting will be opened to questions and comments from the public following the presentations.