Public Art

JCPL’s mission is to strengthen the community by connecting people, resources and experiences. Experiences engaging in creativity and innovation can be nurtured through public art. 

The Clark Pleasant Library Branch’s public art has been designed to celebrate the rich history and traditions of Johnson County.

Commissioned Art Project: Celebrating Women in Johnson County Sculpture

This public art installation is made possible by generous donations from community members and a grant from the Johnson County Community Foundation.

Plaque Inscribed: "The Light Shines Through" honors ALL women who have encouraged literacy in Johnson County and beyond. She does not represent just one woman with her casual and classic style. She embodies timeless characteristics with which everyday women can identify. The sculpture’s details tell the stories of several specific extraordinary women from Johnson County. The female is emerging from a book recognizing women’s stories of the past, present, and those yet to come.

Artist: Kimberly McNeelan

Medium: Bronze, western red cedar, stainless steel, concrete, steel, plywood, paint

Dedicated: Spring 2023

Community Art Project: Photographs of Johnson County

A photo collage of images of Johnson County graces the wall of the Community Room. Over 300 submissions from residents of Johnson County were entered during the Photo Contest. 


Girl in Creek
Grand Prize: "Girl in the Creek" by Abigail Pittman
Bowler Roller
Youth Prize: "Bowler Roller" by Mila Owens

Ceramic Tile Wall at the Clark Pleasant Branch

Community Art Project: Ceramic Art Tiles

The Tile Art piece is displayed on the Youth Program Room wall.  The decorative ceramic tiles were painted by more than 400 members of the community of all ages.