Public Art

Sharing Art & Supporting Artists

The Deerfield Fine Arts Commission’s Public Art Program has 16 pieces of art on display in public buildings throughout the Village this year.

If a selected piece or artist has caught your eye, please feel free to reach out to the artist using the contact information provided next to each piece. Many of the artists would welcome the opportunity to show you their work and discuss purchase.
Collage of three paintings, including flowers and houses
Collage of three paintings, including a green face

Annual Program

The primary goal of the Deerfield Public Art Program is to publicly display works of art created by local, regional, national and international artists. The art is displayed for 1 year in public buildings and new pieces are selected each year.


Artists from Deerfield include:
  • Caren Kaplan 
  • Sara Kenward
  • Mary Longe
  • Kris Van Stockum
  • Penny Weinberg
  • Susan Willis


Other area artists include:
  • Sheila Anderson of Belvidere
  • Ceyda Aykan of Chicago
  • Emily Clanton of Greenville, S.C.
  • Rosa Cruz of Wauwatosa, Wisc.
  • Matthew Csernansky of Chicago 
  • Charlotte Kaplan of Wilmette
  • Jim Parks of Evanston
  • Janet Poppe of Highland Park
  • Ryan Sandison Montgomery of Austin, Tex.
  • Barbara Wagner of Northbrook


Buildings included in the program are:
  • Deerfield Park District facilities
  • Deerfield Public Library
  • Deerfield Village Hall


Application for Artist Entry (PDF) including the online application, for the next year of the program are now available.
The Deerfield Public Art Program is open to all visual artists who meet the following criteria:
  • Artists who are professional and of serious intent
  • Artists working in any permanent media
  • Art students working with practicing artists/teachers may be considered
  • Artists must have knowledge of public art. While previous experience in public art is not required, artists should be knowledgeable of materials, techniques, and public art processes.
  • Appropriateness of an artist’s work for public display. (Appropriateness in terms of scale, material, content and placement).
  • All selected artwork must be delivered to the village “ready-to-hang” for immediate display. Any pieces that arrive needing framing or additional assembly will not be included in the display program and will be returned to the artist.
  • New this year is a single site for an outdoor sculpture that can accommodate a monumental work of sculpture. This location is in a small park located in the center of downtown Deerfield at the northeast corner of Deerfield Road and Waukegan Road. The suggested size is up to 20’ tall by 10’ diameter with appropriate clearance from sharps for walkers. The Village will work with artists for this space to coordinate delivery and placement.
For more information, contact Management Analyst David Fitzgerald at 847-719-7400 or email.