Chris Pekoc: Developing as an Artist at the Library

Chris Pekoc, Artist, working at his drawing table. Cat sitting on table.

“Cleveland Public Library made an important impact on my early artistic development. I’m largely self-taught as an artist, and most of my education took place in the Library’s Fine Arts collection. I remember walking through the stacks and pulling books off the shelf to learn about an artist I wasn’t familiar with. The Library enhanced my knowledge and my deep interest in contemporary art. Later, I received my first big commission from Cleveland Public Library for a mural in Brett Hall (“Night Sky: Cleveland 1978”). That had a positive impact on my career, no doubt. Even now, all these years later, I can go into that room and still feel proud.” –Chris Pekoc, Artist