Public Art at Rondo

The Rondo Library features artwork by four local artists: Susan Warner, Seitu Jones, Mary Hark and Harriet Bart, all of whom have a strong connection to the neighborhood. Outside the library, Saint Paul artist-in-residence Steven Woodward worked with local communities to create engraved granite tiles for the sidewalk.

Susan Warner and fireplaceSusan Warner has made more than 30 handmade tiles to surround the library's fireplace and hearth.

This series of 15-inch and smaller, glazed, stamped tiles make the fireplace hearth an inviting, comfortable space. Though the tiles are not alike, they share the theme of literature, words and punctuation.

Susan Warner is based in Minneapolis, and her tile artwork can be found at the University of Minnesota - Crookston, the Minnesota Women's Building and the Hampden Park Co-op.

Seitu Jones with a kiteSeitu Jones and Mary Hark worked together on wood and handmade-paper sculptures for the children's area of the library.

These pieces include wooden frames with handmade paper coverings over them -- think of multicolored, multi-patterned box kites.

The artists wanted to add many cultural viewpoints to the sculptures, so they worked with children from neighborhoods around the studio to help with the artwork's design and production.

Seitu Jones is based in Saint Paul, and his sculptures have been displayed at the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, New York's American Craft Museum and the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art.

Mary Hark teaches fiber art and papermaking at Macalester College and is the proprietor of HARK! Handmade Paper Studio in Saint Paul. Harriet Bart is based in Minneapolis, where she explores ideas through a combination of text, materials, forms and placement. Her work has appeared in Germany, Israel, Japan and across the U.S.

Harriet Bart's functional art adds to the library's beauty and security.

By joining large, handmade glass panels with the library's security gate, Bart has turned a simple gate into a work of art.

The gate's panels also reflect the different countries, languages and cultural traits of the library patrons.

picture of a lighthouseThe Rondo branch also houses a large collection of art bequeathed to the Saint Paul Public Library by Judith Green, former resident and employee of the City of Saint Paul, and a strong supporter of the arts.

These works include Associated American Artists prints from the 1930s, and works from Japan, Italy and the Native American Community. Most notably displayed will be the bronze sculpture, "Sharing Joy" by Robert Russin, a long-time professor from the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences.