Community Arts Initiative

Current Exhibit: LuEllen Joy Miller-Giera


LuEllen Joy Miller-Giera, an international published artist, teaches miscellaneous art classes such as Artist Playing Card collages, collage as stress-relief, vision boards, jewelry making, various other types of collage classes and seminars, as well as Peace Out! Painting Parties. She curates art shows online and in brick and mortar galleries. She is currently in the process of curating a group show in April 2019 showcasing a few thousand Artist Playing Cards.  

LuEllen also organizes an international Monthly International Playing Card Exchange, where artists create collages on playing cards and exchange them with each other. Prior to that, she organized a 100-month international postcard exchange. Most recently, she was an invited panel member at the first annual Kolaj Fest in New Orleans, LA. (7-2018).   In addition, she recently was published in the most current issue of Kolaj  Magazine #23, an international publication.  She  is the founder of, an online collage group.  She is a member of several other artist groups as well as the co-founder of the Midwest Collage Society. 

LuEllen earned her Certificate in Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) (2005).

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.




LuEllen Joy Miller Giera

Meet LuEllen!
Exhibit Reception
Friday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Kolaj Card by LuEllen Joy Miller Giera