Benches on the Avenue
Tinley Park's Benches on the Avenue
public art program has become one of the Village's most popular attractions, drawing thousands of residents and visitors annually to the downtown area. The colorful benches feature the work of both amateur and professional artists and provide spots to rest and enjoy the fantastic creations while strolling through town.
2016 Benches on the Avenue
The Village of Tinley Park will hold the 13th annual Benches on the Avenue public art program from May to October of next year along Oak Park Avenue from 172nd to 176th streets.
The Village's MainStreet Commission is looking for residents' help in selecting next year's theme. Participants can click here
to take the survey, which will be open through Oct. 12.
Potential theme choices include "Cartoons and Comics," "Best-Loved Movies," "Kid-Friendly Video Games," "Worldwide Ethnic Celebrations" and "Favorite Children's Storybooks." Please note that the most successful themes provide artists with a wide range of family-friendly, colorful options.
A call to artists will be issued in November.
2015 Program: 'Heroes and Villains'
Twenty artistically decorated benches embellished with unique materials based on the theme "Heroes and Villains" were on display along Oak Park Avenue throughout the summer as part of the 12th annual Benches on the Avenue public art project. Winners, which were announced at the Aug. 22 Music in the Plaza concert in Zabrocki Plaza, included:
- “Monsters, Inc.” by Jennifer Lilly (Most Creative)
- “Historic Heroines” by Jackie Perell (Best First-Time Participant)
- “DC’s Finest” by Garrett Gray and Phillip Gerk (Best Portrayal of Theme)
- “Heroes of Our Freedom” by Babeth Kopf (Most Inspirational)
- “Iron Man” by Dave, Kim, Ben, Ron and Sam Begeske with Becky Chasteen, Jessica Brookhouse and Shannon Hill (Best Three-Dimensional)
- "Dream a Little Dream” by Lois Bartolini and Sherrie Bartolini Ordaz (Best Use of Materials)
- “Girl Power Rules” by Rina Briz, Devin Walker, Narita Sharma, Alexis Jannotta, Sarah Keyes and Kathleen DeJong of South Suburban College (Best Group/Family Project)
- “Metal Giants” by John Tamulis and Kristen Price (Judges' Choice Award)
Thanks to the 2015 judging panel, which included Mona Serpe, president of the Tinley Park Garden Club; Regina Ziemann, adjunct art instructor at Moraine Valley Community College; Wendy Bumphis of the Tinley Park Rotary Club; Bob Haustein, who's on the Board of Directors for the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce; and Julie Dekker, director of the Vogt Visual Arts Center Gallery.
The Village would like to congratulate and thank everyone who participated in this year’s Benches on the Avenue.