Artwork is based on a different theme each year, and benches are on display from early-May through mid-October in Downtown Tinley. Each bench is sponsored by a local business or individual, who takes possession of it after the program has ended.
2024 Benches on the Avenue: Call to Artists
The 2024 Benches on the Avenue will be themed “Saturday Morning Cartoons.” Take a trip down memory lane, pour a bowl of sugary cereal and recall all of your favorites old and new! The Village is looking for artists to create unique, kid- and family-friendly, imaginative and three-dimensional designs that will take visitors into the exciting world of cartoons and beyond. Portrayals should be vibrant, colorful and include some degree of three-dimensional art. Anyone with an imagination and a bit of artistic creativity can be part of Benches on the Avenue! Learn more at the links below.
Congrats to the 2023 Benches on the Avenue winners!
The Village announced the winners of the 2023 Benches on the Avenue public art project recently during the Music in the Plaza concert in Downtown Tinley. Congratulations to all of the winners, which included:
- Best Portrayal of Theme: "Call Me Maybe" by Emma Kresal
- Most Creative: "Spaceflight" by Dante Dibartolo, Allen Jebens, Tom Liston, Bob Renaud, Neal Keselica and Terry Nugent
- Best 3D Bench: "It Takes a Village" by Nick and Jennifer Schulien
- Best Individual Artist:"Lets a Go!" by Matt Olson
- Best Group/Family Project: "The Evolution of Music" by the Grissom Middle School Art Club
- Best New Artist: "Connection" by Angela Marquez
The Village would like to thank this year's judges, which included Dave King of Hawaii Fluid Art; Carrie Piet of Fulton Elementary School; Andrae Marak from the Tinley Park Plan Commission; Jacquelen Krupko, an art teacher at Hellen Keller School; and staff from Zion Lutheran Church.
Many thanks also to all of this year's Benches on the Avenue artists for sharing their wonderful works of art with the Tinley Park community.
Brochures from each year of the "Benches on the Avenue" program include:-
- "Industry, Invention and Progress" (2023)
- "Animal Adventure" (2022)
- "Album Cover Tour" (2021)
- "Around the World" (2020)
- "Prized Page Turners" (2019)
- "Treasured Family Musicals" (2018)
- "The Power of Music" (2017)
- "Once Upon a Time" (2016)
- "Heroes and Villains" (2015)
- "Let the Games Begin!" (2014)
- "Fairy Tale Festival" (2013)
- "The Magic of Music" (2012)
- "America the Beautiful" (2011)
- "When I Grow Up" (2010)
- "Classic TV" (2009)
- "A World of Travel Adventures" (2008)
- "Toyland" (2007)
- "Favorite Children's Storybooks" (2006)
- "Hooray for Hollywood!" (2005)
- "Benches on the Avenue" (2004)