100th Anniversary Library Cards

In honor of Cuyahoga County Public Library's 100th birthday three local artists created works to express what CCPL means to them and their community. Limited edition 100th anniversary commemorative library cards featuring their artwork will be available while supplies last at your local branch, beginning December 12, 2022.

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Antwoine Washington

"Readers are Leaders"

Antwoine Washington was born in Pontiac, Michigan. He received his BA in Studio Art from Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After college he moved to Cleveland with his wife. While at Southern, Antwoine deepened his understanding of the relationship between black history and art in America, inspiring him to further the legacy of Harlem Renaissance artists like Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Jacob Lawrence. There, he decided that he too would use narrative art to capture the history and stories of the black experience in America.

Antwoine is a past recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize Verge Fellowship Award and the founder of the Museum of Creative Human Art, where he teaches graphic design courses. His work has been exhibited at the Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Rooms to Let, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and Cleveland Public Square.

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Natalie Lanese

"Bookshelf Uplift"

Natalie Lanese received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Master of Arts degree at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Natalie's work is inspired by landforms and rock formations, and recognized for its punchy DayGlo colors and layered patterns. She makes paintings, collages and installations, which The Village Voice described as “enigmatic narratives heightened by keen color clashes and jazzy textures.” Her work has been exhibited at MOCA Tucson, the Akron Art Museum and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum; and she has installed permanent public artworks in San Diego, Cincinnati, Toledo and Cleveland. Natalie is a past recipient of the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Award and the Arts Commission’s Merit Award.

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Chi-Irena Wong

"Book Viewing"

Chi-Irena Wong earned her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2020. She specializes in watercolor drawings and public installation. Wong’s drawings depict a fantastical world that is play, humorous and absurd by posing “what if?” and “why not?” questions. The goal of this work is to question the idea of “normalcy” and challenge the human perception of reality by presenting a world that is very absurd in our eyes but appears ordinary to the characters that exist in this fantastical world.

Chi has worked with Art X Love: Akron On Deck, AsiaTown Cleveland, Asian Services In Action (ASIA), Cleveland Metroparks, Piano Cleveland, Waterloo Arts District, Art House, Cleveland Institute of Art, the City of Parma, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Baker-Nord Square. She is part of Summa Health’s private Healing Art Collection.

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