SELCO is seeking 11-13 locations to host the easel exhibit between January 2014 and June 2015. Library staff interested in participating for approximately six weeks during the 18-month easel tour, should contact SELCO by Thursday, August 15.
A response at this time will help SELCO gauge of interest and discover possible locations around the region. Once locations have been finalized, SELCO staff will negotiate specific time frames that work (or don’t work) for the hosting library or community space. The exhibit size will be tailored to each location – that is those with only a small space will receive a portion of the traveling exhibit, those sites with more room will receive the complete selection of locally produced art on the library literary theme.
SELCO will manage all aspects of the traveling exhibit, including storing (as necessary) and installing the artwork at the libraries. Artists’ work selected for the exhibit will be insured while in storage, in transit, and onsite. SELCO will create an exhibit catalog describing each piece including details such as artist’s name, title, medium, artist’s statement, and biographical information. Participating locations will receive a selection of publicity items to help promote the exhibit.
Each piece in this traveling display will reflect the artist’s interpretation of a book, letter or letters, authors, reading, or the library. Eligible artists must reside in the 11 southeastern counties: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, or Winona. The artistic depiction of the theme must be suitable for a library exhibit and viewing by all ages.
The size limitation of each piece is 12” high x 12” wide x 12” deep max dimension, any artwork larger or smaller than the max dimension will be rejected. The small and consistent size will enable all libraries to consider hosting the exhibit, even those with limited space.
easel is a juried exhibit. Judging will occur October 28 by an independent panel of artists who have not submitted artwork.
SELCO is once again collaborating with SEMVA — Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists. SEMVA artists will handle the installation and removal of the exhibit on location, as well as be available to present gallery talks while the exhibit is on display.
Consider being a part of the third annual easel traveling art exhibit so library patrons can experience art in southeastern libraries. Contact SELCO for more information or to participate.
easel is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.