Community Art Initiative

Current Exhibit: Jason Michael West


Artist Bio


Artist, curator, and musician Jason Michael West was born in Charleston, Illinois. From an early age, he was drawn to art and music in that it allowed him to express himself in ways he could not do with words. He would draw what he had available and his imagination allowed — anything from his own cartoons, to sports figures, to spoons, etc. – it would all be transformed onto paper.

Jason is intrigued by spirituality, the human condition, history, pop culture and science, and this is reflected in his art by showing the complexities, juxtapositions, ironies, and beauty in everyday life.

Jason’s work is regularly on display at the 4Art Space gallery in Chicago and he has exhibited at many pop-up group shows across the Midwest, including Pancakes and Booze Chicago in 2017 and State of the Art in 2016. His work can be found in private collections across the U.S.

Visit to learn more about Jason and his work.



About the Community Arts Initiative

The mission of the Community Arts Initiative is to promote art, stimulate discussion and build community. The initiative was inspired by the local artists’ community who approached the Library with the idea of exhibiting local artists’ works, as is commonplace in public libraries everywhere. 

How to be considered

Artists interested in exhibiting at the Brookfield Public Library are invited to submit an application to Library Director Kimberly Coughran or to Community Arts Initiative Liaison Jason Michael West. Interested applicants should print and complete the Display and Exhibit Application form. Applications should include 3 to 5 high quality jpeg images, an artist bio, and a link to the artist’s website (if applicable). Applications will be accepted throughout the year and will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis. Due to the Library’s limited space, only 2-dimensional art works may be exhibited.  Accepted entries will be exhibited for a period of 8 weeks.

For more information on the Brookfield Public Library, or the new Community Arts Initiative, please contact Library Director Kimberly Coughran at 708-485-6917.


Jason Michael West art

Artist Jason Michael West
July - August 2017

Opening Reception & Artist Talk
Friday, July 14 @ 7 p.m.