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Richland Library Art

The Gallery at Main

various paintings of birds in a cartoon style hanging on gallery walls
Burd Brains by Marius "Zoo" Valdes, on exhibit August 11–October 13, 2017.
Valdes' latest exhibit showcases more than 40 new pieces, in the form of ink and digital drawings, plus several paintings in preparation for an upcoming children's book project. Valdes plans to create and self-publish the new title in Fall 2017, which stars an introverted character, named Burd, who is having a bad day and looking for a quiet place to relax.

"Birds come in a wonderful variety of shapes, sizes, colors and textures, which have inspired me to draw my own cast of imaginative, feathered friends."
—Marius Valdes


Marius Valdes is an illustrator, designer, and artist currently based in Columbia, South Carolina and Richland Library's first Artist-in-Residence. He is an Associate Professor in studio art concentrating on design and illustration. Valdes received his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia in 1998 and his MFA in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005.

The Artist-in-Residence Program aims to connect the community with local working artists and to provide creative and educational opportunities to the community in a way that supports cultural and artistic exchange.

Weekly Office Hours until September 3*

Tuesdays, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Thursdays, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
*Hours are subject to changes.
*Studio is located on the 2nd Level at Richland Library Main

By Appointment

Contact Marius at 803-231-6369, ext. 3369 or

Public Art

For each library, 1% of the construction budget is going toward public art. Inspired by our brand promises, we’re encouraging artists to serve the public good and nurture communities. One Columbia for Arts and History is helping us build your library by coordinating the selection of new pieces of public art for all of our renovations. Read more about Richland Library's public art on

Application Forms

Exhibits are typically scheduled eighteen months in advance. Priority will be given to library sponsored exhibits and displays relating to literature, or those that highlight the works of local artists or community-centered art projects. All forms of visual art are welcome.