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Call for Artists


Bexley Public Library (BPL) is inviting local artists in Franklin County to submit original artworks, paintings, prints, photographs and mixed-media pieces to be accessioned into the inaugural Bexley Art Library. This will be a juried selection process with 15 finalists receiving a $400 purchase fee, sponsored by grants from the Ohio Arts Council, Bexley Community Foundation, and the State Library of Ohio, and the inclusion of their piece in the library’s circulating collection of artwork, the Bexley Art Library.

Once the 15 works of art are chosen and purchased by Bexley Public Library, each work will be professionally framed under plexiglass (at the cost of Bexley Public Library) and accessioned into the collection of BPL. The artworks will be made available for circulation (like a book!) as one of BPL’s Unique Circulating Items. BPL patrons will be able to check out a work of art from the Bexley Art Library with their BPL card for a period of 28 days. Anyone with a State of Ohio photo ID is eligible for a BPL card. A maximum fine of $600 will be incurred if the artwork is damaged or lost.

The mission of Bexley Public Library is to enlighten, engage, and inspire our community of lifelong learners. Since its founding in 1924, the library has continuously provided space to serve as an accessible art gallery. With grants from the Bexley Community Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the State Library of Ohio, we are proud to begin providing patrons with an opportunity to further experience art and engage in the local arts community by circulating a collection of diverse artworks patrons can check out and take home.

GENERAL GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION:
APPLICATION & SUBMISSIONS DUE: FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020

Conditions of Entry:
  • All submitting artists must be a minimum of 18 years old, or have representation by a parent or guardian.
  • Any artist who submits must be a Franklin County resident.
  • The artist of the work submitted must be living at the time of submission. 
  • Chosen artists will sign a contract agreeing that Bexley Public Library may use images of the chosen works of art for promotion in printed and online materials associated with BPL and the Bexley Art Library.
  • The decision to accept or decline submissions is at the sole discretion of Bexley Public Library.

Benefits to the Artist:
  • Artwork on display at a public institution (BPL) that features high levels of foot traffic, and a diverse audience
  • $400 purchase fee for 15 selected artists
  • Increased visibility of artist’s name and artwork through:
    • Inclusion of the chosen works in the Bexley Art Library and online catalog, which is accessible to a diverse audience who may not have been exposed to artist’s work before
    • Press announcements in The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Monthly, Prizm, and This Week Bexley.
    • Promotion on websites and social media platforms associated with BPL.

Artwork Guidelines:
  • There is no theme. We hope to see what you feel is your best work representing you as an artist.
  • We are accepting a total of up to 2 submissions per artist.
  • Work submitted must be an original work of art, not a printed reproduction
  • Artwork of all 2D mediums are welcome, but the finished piece must be 11” x 14” dimensions, unframed, and flat. (i.e. works on canvas must be unstretched)
  • Take into consideration that public libraries are open to all ages of patrons who will be able to view these works, therefore, artwork must be age-appropriate for all audiences.
  • The artwork which is submitted by the artist for review and selected by the committee must be the same artwork which is delivered to the library. No substitutes may be made.

How to Apply:
  • Please fill out and submit the artist application form below.
  • You should receive a confirmation email that your submission was received. If you do not, please email Leann Schneider Webb at lschneider@bexleylibrary.org.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance status via email by mid May 2020.


Juried Selection:
  • Full juror bios are available upon request.
  • From the submissions, a panel of five jurors will select 15 pieces to accession into the Bexley Art Library:
    • Lyn Logan-Grimes, Education and Cultural Arts Director, King Arts Complex
      • Lyn Logan-Grimes develops and coordinates all the youth programming, which includes the winter and spring art academies, Saturday Arts, Theatre Program, Afterschool and Summer Arts, camp at King Arts Complex. In addition, she serves as the curator for The Elijah Pierce gallery and the Where Dreams Come Alive Corridor. She also assists with the coordination and facilitation of Special events programming. Previously she was employed by The Works, Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology. There, her role was the Museum Art Coordinator. In this position, she served as the gallery curator and taught studio art classes. Lyn also held a position at The Columbus Museum of Art as the Educator for Cultural Diversity.
    • David Gentilini, Director of the Schumacher Gallery, Capital University
      • David Gentilini has worked at the university since 2000 where he has served as the museum registrar, preparator, curator, fundraiser, coordinator of gallery events, and artist and community liaison. He has served as juror for the Columbus Arts Festival, committee member for Art For Life, committee member for Art of Recovery, former Board member of Franklinton Arts District, former Gallery Director for MadLab Gallery and as a consultant for the Gateway Film Center Gallery. He has also assisted in the curation and preparing of over 750 exhibits and displays around the Central Ohio area.
    • Cat Sheridan, Director of the Riffe Gallery, Ohio Arts Council
      • Cat Sheridan is the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery Director, a gallery celebrating and showcase the myriad professional artists that reside and work in the state of Ohio. Sheridan hails from the east side of Columbus, Ohio, and graduated with honors from Columbus College of Art & Design; Bachelor of Fine Arts, Minor in Art History. An ardent advocate of the arts, arts education and creative community building Sheridan focuses her time and energy on expanding the power of the arts; as an arts administrator during the day and an arts mentor, steward of @Columbus_Collect (an Instagram profile that exists solely to promote and celebrate the collection of original artwork) and practicing artist, at night.
    • Corey Favor, Co-Founder of Creative Control Fest
      • A graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design, Corey started his very own design firm, Milkcrate Concepts, which operated for over three years. He has worked as a graphic designer with Who's Who Publishing Company, Radio One, and The Ohio State University, Athletic Department. Favor currently serves a Product Manager, for OhioHealth. Previously, Favor served as Associate Art Director of UI/Digital Design at The Ohio State University. Favor is also Co-founder of Creative Control Fest (CCF), a conference designed to bring together a diverse group of creatives to highlight and celebrate minorities in design and other creative fields and owner of The Creatives Shop an apparel brand that fuels the minds of makers, thinkers, and doers dedicated to fostering originality and ingenuity.
    • Ben Heckman, Director, Bexley Public Library
      • After years in management at Starbucks, Ben Heckman decided to expand his love of public service by volunteering at a public library. His passion for libraries quickly developed into a career, where his leadership skills and love of Bexley provided the framework for his growth into a transformative team leader. As an art lover, Ben is excited to share this opportunity with the community.
    • Debbie Brannigan, Adult Services Librarian and the BPL Art Gallery Coordinator
      • Debbie Brannigan has served BPL since 1987. Brannigan began helping to curate BPL’s art exhibition spaces in 2013. In the last 7 years Brannigan has curated 42 shows at BPL, working with a myriad of artists from around Central Ohio. Brannigan brings her deep knowledge of local artists and her stewardship of an art space, which BPL patrons have grown to love, to the circulating art library project.
  • Please note that jurors will be able to see applicant information and are tasked with creating a collection representative of a diverse selection of Central Ohio Artists.

Purchase Fee:
  • A $400 purchase fee will be paid to the 15 artists whose pieces are chosen for permanent placement in the Bexley Art Library.
  • This project is made possible with generous support from the Ohio Arts Council, State Library of Ohio, and the Bexley Community Foundation.

Art Intake:
  • If your artwork is chosen for the Bexley Art Library, you will be notified by email by May 15, 2020.
  • Chosen artists will receive a contract stipulating that BPL will have permission to reproduce images of the artwork in print and online materials relating to BPL and the Bexley Art Library.
  • Artwork and signed contract must be dropped off at Bexley Public Library (2411 East Main Street, Bexley, OH, 43209) between May 15, 2020 and May 29, 2020 during the following hours:
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    • Friday and Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Sunday 1-5 PM
  • Artwork and signed contract can be delivered by any person to BPL.

Art Purchase Payment:
  • Bexley Public Library must be in possession of the artwork and signed contract before payment can be issued.
  • For those 15 artworks chosen to be included in the Bexley Art Library, the $400 purchase fee check will be mailed to the artist after artwork and signed contract has been delivered, no later than June 30, 2020.

Opening Event:
  • There will be an exhibition of the Bexley Art Library’s 15 works of art in July 2020. Details are forthcoming.
  • All artists who submit work to this call are invited and welcome to attend the opening event to meet with our ever-growing community of patrons. 

Contacts:
  • 614- 231-2793, please ask for an Art Circulation Committee member:
    • Leann Schneider Webb, Committee Chair and Adult Services Librarian,
      • lschneider@bexleylibrary.org
    • Paige Bilotta, Director of Advancement & Community Relations
      • pbilotta@bexleylibrary.org
    • Hannah Fithen, Circulation Assistant
      • hfithen@bexleylibrary.org

    We are thrilled to have you share
    your art with us and our patrons.