Clark Memorial Library Arts in the Library Mission
The Clark Memorial Library engages patrons in the love of learning and reading by connecting users to all available resources to grow a vibrant community of thinkers. The Arts in the Library Committee (ALC) supports the mission of the Clark Memorial Library (CML) by providing opportunities for cultural enrichment.
Visual Arts Exhibition Policy
The Clark Memorial Library provides a venue for library visitors to encounter original artwork. Approval of works exhibited is at the sole discretion of the ALC. The ALC reserves the right to reject any work if not representative of the examples of art submitted with the application. All questions regarding exhibits and application should be directed to the Arts in the Library Committee (ALC) at email@example.com
The Exhibition/Gallery Space
The Library Gallery is available for solo and group shows. Artists are encouraged to visit the library to view the space prior to application. A diagram showing the size and location of the wall space is available on the library website (bethanylibrary.org) and at the adult circulation desk. The space available for exhibiting includes: the four walls on the upper level near the adult circulation desk, the four walls in the lower level Meeting Room and the lower level glass display case(s) for small 3-dimensional items, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, etc.
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Policy and Procedures
Work will be chosen based on quality, suitability to the Library’s mission, anticipated appeal to the public and space available. Exhibitors must be aware that the gallery spaces are open to the public and are frequented by visitors of all ages.
All works must be properly framed and wired for hanging, canvas edges must be neatly wrapped and compatible with the available Walker Display hanging system. Children’s artwork that is unframed but that can be hung with clips is acceptable for special exhibits. Quilts and textile or fabric based work that can be hung with clips or that include a sleeve in back of the work to accommodate a textile hanging rod are also acceptable.
All submissions must be original art, including paintings in oil (no wet paint), acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, collage, drawings, graphics, photography, computer/digital media and fiber arts. Small 3-dimensional works: i.e. sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, etc., will be displayed in the available cabinets.
Applications for exhibition are available at the library circulation desk or online at
Completed application forms may be returned to the library
or mailed to:
Clark Memorial Library
Arts in the Library Committee
538 Amity Road
Bethany, CT 06524
Applicants can submit jpg images of the artwork by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
or schedule an appointment with an ALC member to show several pieces of art representative of the proposed exhibit. Members of the Arts in the Library Committee (ALC) will jury the art submissions.
Installation, Removal and Contract
Hanging and dismantling of the exhibit is the responsibility of the artist. Art in the Library Committee (ALC) members will be present to offer guidance and assistance during the hanging process. Installation and removal times will be scheduled at the convenience of the Library Director and the ALC. At least one ALC member will be present to assist during the removal.
Contact information, business cards and other information about the artist or the artwork must be hung using the Walker Display system in pouches provided and some left at the adult circulation desk. No items may be left on tables or window sills or elsewhere in the meeting room.
The Artist(s) and ALC representative will sign a contract prior to the installation of artwork. Upon installation, a complete list of works displayed including a monetary value (even if not for sale) will be submitted and signed by the artist and ALC representative.
The artist(s) must remove all artwork at the end of the exhibit time as agreed in the contract. The library has no storage space for artwork and is not responsible for artwork not picked up on time. A fee of $10 per day will be charged for any artwork not picked up. At least one ALC member will be present to assist during removal.
Artwork may be available for sale at the artist’s discretion. Sales and contact information should accompany the exhibit. Library staff does not handle sales.
Any artwork sold must remain on exhibit for the duration of the time allotted for the exhibit. Red stickers may be attached to works (or labels) sold during the reception and throughout the exhibit period.
The Library will receive a 10% commission from all sales. Commission is due on the day the art is removed from the library. Commission checks are to be made payable to the “Bethany Library Association” (or BLA) with “Arts in the Library Committee” (or ALC) written on the memo line of the check.
Reception and Gallery Talks
The exhibiting artist(s) may choose to have a reception. The date/time will be scheduled with the approval of the Library Director and the ALC representative. The artist must handle his/her own sales or provide an assistant during the reception. The library staff or ALC representatives do not handle any sales. All art sold must remain on exhibit for the duration of the exhibition.
Prints/reproductions for sale may be displayed in art bins or on a table set aside for that purpose at the reception only. These must be removed at the end of the reception.
The artist is responsible for any food or beverages (only non-alcoholic beverages are allowed) for the reception, including set up and clean up. The library does not have kitchen facilities for the storage or preparation of food. As such, leftovers must be removed from the library. The library will provide tables and at least one ALC member will be available to help out.
Parking at the library is limited. Additional parking is sometimes available at the Congregational Church, which is a short distance south of the library and across the street. No parking is allowed on Route 63/Amity Road.
Artists are encouraged to give a talk, workshop or demonstration about the artwork at the reception or at sometime during the exhibition period. Arrangements should be made with the Library Director and ALC representative in advance of the installation.
The artist will provide the ALC with information about themselves such as an “Artist Bio”, or “Artist Statement” and a jpg image for publicity purposes at least two months in advance of the exhibit. The artist is also responsible for primary publicity of the exhibit. The CML will send out information announcing the exhibit and reception to those patrons on the library email list, on the library website and through the town wide bulletin.. The artist is responsible for any additional publicity beyond that and for keeping the ALC representative informed of such outreach.