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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 Downtown Tinley. 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.

2017 Benches on the Avenue: 'The Power of Music'
Are you an artist looking for an opportunity to show off your talents and challenge your creativity?
The Village of Tinley Park is seeking amateur and/or professional artists, both in groups and as individuals, who are interested in participating in the annual Benches on the Avenue public art project.

Artists will be selected based on their portrayal of the 2017 theme, “The Power of Music.” The Village is looking for creative, colorful, three-dimensional designs that are child- and family friendly and that depict how music can affect mood, inspire action or in general evoke powerful emotions in listeners. Portrayals should be vibrant, colorful and include some degree of 3-D art. Artists are asked to submit two unique designs based on the theme.

Benches on the Avenue, which in 2017 will celebrate its 14th year, is an award-winning public art program that features nearly two dozen benches along downtown Oak Park Avenue showcasing the unique and colorful designs of professional and amateur artists from the area.

Artwork is based on a different theme each year, and benches are on display from mid-May through Sept. 30. Each bench will be sponsored by a local business or individual who will take possession of it after the program has ended. Click on the below link to download a submission form. 

2017 Benches on the Avenue Information and Guidelines

WillyWonkaBench2016.JPG2016 Benches: 'Once Upon a Time'
Winners of the 2016 Benches on the Avenue program included:

  • “The Napping House” by Renee and Christopher Galvin (Most Creative)
  • Clifford the Big Red Firehouse Dog” by Jackie Bobbitt (Best First-Time Participant)
  • Steg-O-Snore” by Michelle and Melissa Patino (Best Portrayal of Theme)
  • "But No Elephants" by Nick Schulien ((Best Three-Dimensional Bench)
  • "The Lorax & Friends” by Illinois Institute of Art (Best Use of Materials)
  • The Marauder's Bench” by South Suburban College (Best Group/Family Project)
  • The Napping Tree” by Nikki Walsh (Judges' Choice Award)

Thanks to the 2016 judging panel, which included Tom McNulty, Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce; Sue Bailey, Tinley Park Public Library; Kurt Dekker, Tinley Park Historical Society; Julie Volkmann, MainStreet Commission; and Abbey Maloney, The Painted Turtle.

Click here to watch a special edition of "Discover Tinley" highlighting the 2016 Benches on the Avenue.