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Experience art in southeastern libraries - a call to artists

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) & Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists (SEMVA) invite you to be a part of Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries (easel) traveling art exhibit. We are requesting art submissions for easel's 2012-2013 tour. This exhibit will travel throughout libraries in Southeastern Minnesota and be displayed to the public from January 2012 to June 2013. We are looking for pieces that correspond with your artistic interpretation of books, letters, reading, authors, or the library.


To submit artwork, you must be 18 years of age and live in one of the eleven counties in the SELCO region: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona. There is no fee to enter and artists are limited to one piece of artwork.

Artwork Requirements:

All 2D artwork must be 12 x 12 inches, frame included, and must be ready to hang using wire only; no hooks, saw-tooth brackets or clips. All 3D artwork may only be a maximum of 12 x 12 x 12 inches, and one of those dimensions must be 12 inches. Art must be suitable for viewing by all ages in a library environment. Artwork not meeting these requirements will be rejected.

The General Information Card, provided in the printed call for artists, must be completed and attached to your artwork at the time of submission, along with a typed Artist Statement not to exceed 200 words. This statement must include one to two sentences describing the artist's interpretation of the theme. If you need a General Information Card, please call SELCO at 1-800-992-5061. Extras will be available at the SELCO front desk.


Artwork needs to be submitted to the SELCO office (2600 19th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 5-9, 2011. If you are unable to submit your art during this time, a pre-arranged appointment can be scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 2011. Judging will take place December 12, 2011. You will be notified within one week of the Jury's decision. If your artwork is not selected, you can pick up your piece at SELCO between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 14-16 or December 19-20, 2011.

Selected artwork will travel to libraries and partnering locations in Southeastern Minnesota from January 2012 to June 2013. SELCO will handle all aspects of the exhibit including storing and shipping to and from the libraries. SELCO will also insure all artwork while exhibited, in storage, and during transit.

For more detailed information, please visit the easel website at

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