Derby Arts Council


The goal of the Derby Arts Council is to encourage, promote and foster appreciation, participation and support for the Visual Arts. The Derby Arts Council will showcase local Artists and provide an exhibition gallery for Derby and the surrounding area to enhance the cultural arts experience.  


Click here to view the Derby Arts Councils Policies and Procedures and click here for the artist release statement and inventory sheet for showing your work in our gallery.


The Gathering Space Gallery is open during the regular library hours.

If art is in the Community Room, it may not be available for viewing at all times.

See the United States in photographs

The Derby Arts Council’s most recent exhibit invites viewers to travel around the United States via the camera lenses of nine gifted photographers. “Oh, The States I Have Traveled” features 66 photographs on display in the library’s Gathering Space Gallery.

Whether they were on vacation, assignment, visiting distant family members, or simply cruising back roads looking for a great shot, the photographers present the beauty and simple appreciation for our magnificent country. Artists whose work is in the exhibit are Gary Behrens, Don Birmingham, Nicole Brown, Mike Ciskowski, Bill Fales, John Gabor, Sheila Maksimowicz, Steve Marler, and Barney Tull.

Marc Durfee, art coordinator at the Derby Recreation Center curated the 180 photographs that were submitted for consideration in the exhibit. Durfee was tasked with evaluating the photos, considering color vs. black and white, size, and framing. There were so many impressive pictures that eliminating any was a challenge.

The show will be up through Aug. 7, and because so many children come to the library during the summer while the photos will be on display, there will be activities to encourage the kids to engage with the exhibit.

In addition, the public is invited to meet the artists at an evening reception 6:30-8 p.m. June 2 in the Community Room at the library. Refreshments will be provided and the photographers will share stories about how they found and captured the photos they love.

For more information regarding this exhibit, or to purchase any of the photographs in the exhibit, contact Tami English at the Derby Public Library, 316-788-0760.







Photographs from the last art reception

The Derby Arts Council hosted an artists’ reception for the elementary school children whose work is currently on display in the Gathering Space Gallery and Community Room. Thank you so much to the community for your support. We had 385 people attend! To see all the pictures from the reception, please view the album on the Derby Arts Council Facebook page.






The High Wall Gallery is located in the Business/Genealogy Area of the Library.

See It, Make It, Share It: The Art of Talented Teens

This summer's teen art show is all about honoring the creative expression of our community's young people.

From fan art to photography, word art to painting, these sixth-12th graders present an array of art for you to enjoy.






Upcoming Exhibitions: 

Paulina Valencia

Gallery XII

Senior Center Art

Kansas Art Guild



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