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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.

2014 Program: 'Let the Games Begin!'
Nineteen artistically decorated benches embellished with unique materials based on the theme "Let the Games Begin" are now on display along Oak Park Avenue through Oct. 1 as part of the 11th annual Benches on the Avenue public art project.

Admirers had a chance to meet the artists who created the benches during Meet the Artists Night on June 14. Artists were posted at their benches along Oak Park Avenue to meet the community, discuss their work and answer questions about the creative process.

Meet the Artists Night was held in conjunction with the Music in the Plaza series, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. every other Saturday in Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave. The benches are located just a short stroll from the concert area.

The Artist Award Ceremony will take place at the Saturday, Aug. 23 Music in the Plaza event. Several prizes will be awarded to winning artists in each of several categories.

Click here to view the 2014 Benches on the Avenue brochure.

Click here to view an interactive map featuring the 2014 Benches on the Avenue.

2013 'Benches on the Avenue' winners

The winners of Tinley Park’s 10th annual Benches on the Avenue public art project were announced during the Aug. 24 Music in the Plaza event at Zabrocki Plaza.

The judging panel included Julie Dekker, Vogt Visual Arts Center Director; Karen Wegrzyn, Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Mona Serpe, Tinley Park Garden Club President; Regina Ziemann, Moraine Valley Community College art appreciation teacher; JeanPaul Ferrer, Tinley Park Rotary Club President; Bill Vandermolen, St. George PTA; and Robbyn Yuen, of Creative Cakes.

  • Best First-Time Participant: “The Princess and the Pea” by Amanda CichorackiBeware of the Sugar-Sweet Lair (reduced).jpg
  • Best Portrayal of Theme: “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Nick Schulien
  • Judges Choice Award: “Little Red Riding Hood” by Jennifer Lilly
  • Best Use of Materials: “The Wizard of Oz” by Babeth Kopf
  • Most Creative: “Beware of the Sugar Sweet Lair” by Marty Rose & Don Zak
  • Best Family Project: “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” by Garrett Gray & Phillip Gerk
  • Best Group Project: “Where the Wild Things Are” by Illinois Institute of Art - Tinley Park Team
  • Best Young Artist: “The Lorax” by Lizette Marcin Lehmans

Click here to see the 2013 Benches on the Avenue brochure.