Community Art Initiative

Current Exhibit: Chris Galvin

Artist Bio

Artist and graphic designer Chris Galvin has an undeniable appreciation for the City of Chicago. Native of the south suburbs, his admiration is expressed through his vibrantly colorful watercolor paintings – depicting scenes and iconic images throughout Chicago. His graphic, eye-popping style has undoubtedly been influenced by his eighteen years in the design industry. Among his large body of work is “The Bean Series,” over 45 paintings inspired by Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate”; his series “Chicago Pedestrian Views,” featuring uniquely rendered watercolors on paper; and recent digital experiments shared on Instagram, tackling cultural and social issues relating to human influences on nature, space, and time.


Chris won his first notable art award at age 9. As a senior in high school, he was honored Best of Show out of 3,000+ entries in the Annual Lincoln-Way High School Art Exhibition. His graphic design work has been recognized by organizations such as the Type Director’s Club of New York, University and College Designers Association, and Graphic Design USA. Chris graduated from the School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Graphic Design.


Visit to keep tabs on Chris's recent work, and to view his professional design portfolio consisting of print design and interactive digital media.


Artist Statement

The pieces I create are what I see every day. With eyes closed they are visions before conceptions. They are influenced by my surroundings – nature, architecture, design, color, light, music, people, energy, what I have and have not done in life. The list can go on, but most importantly... do they influence you?


My true statement is my artwork. If you respond to what you see, then these words don't matter. I create because it is in me. I create for you because I’m driven to. I have been blessed with a great ability and try to never take it for granted. There is power in art. Modern life is complex, fast paced, and sometimes stressful. If my artwork makes you stop and think for even a brief moment – if it resonates with you on some level – then my job as an artist is done.


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.


Chris Galvin Headshot

Artist Chris Galvin
November - December 2017

Artist Reception & Talk
Friday, November 10 @ 6 p.m.