THE BEXLEY ART LIBRARY TO BE LAUNCHED FALL 2020
The Submission period is now closed. Thank you to all the artists who submitted applications for their work to be included in the Bexley Art Library. The Jurying process is underway. To learn more about our artist submission process and jury please click hereWHAT IS THE BEXLEY ART LIBRARY?
The Bexley Art Library will be a circulating library of 15 original artworks by regional artists. It is the next step in Bexley Public Library's endeavor to support access for all, innovation in our services, and lifelong learning. As the library's community changes and adapts, it needs a public library that meets its needs. Our library is committed to expanding and reinterpreting the definition of, and services and programs offered at a public library. We have started non-traditional circulating collections including Wifi Hotspots, musical instruments, telescopes, and birding kits. Bexley will be the second public library in Ohio to develop a collection of art produced by regional artists and provide access to the fine arts while connecting the public to their local arts community.WHY ART?
The BPL Art Library will provide access to the fine arts and the unique experience of “living with art” to anyone who has a Bexley Public Library card. Rather than experiencing art in an elite, often exclusive setting like a gallery or museum, anyone with a library card can check out an original work of art, just like a book, and experience it in their home. Living with original works of art allows for borrowers to experience a deeper connection and emotional engagement with the art. Studies have shown that even the simple act of viewing art can have profound health and wellness benefits.HOW IS THE BEXLEY ART LIBRARY FUNDED?
The project is wholly funded with generous grants from the Bexley Community Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the State Library of Ohio.HOW WILL IT WORK?
15 original works of art from Franklin County artists will be available for check-out with your Bexley Library Card, like a book, movie, or other BPL item. You will be able to have the work of art in your home for a loan period of 28 days.WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO CHECK OUT
ARTWORKS FROM THE BEXLEY ART LIBRARY?
Art will begin circulating in the Autumn of 2020.
If you have inquires about the Bexley Art Library, please contact art library organizer, Leann Schneider Webb at email@example.com