Minneapolis Public Library Issues a Call for Artists

November 29, 2005 - Are you interested in displaying your art at one of the Minneapolis Public Library's community libraries? All artists in the Twin Cities area are welcome to submit their work for display. Artists living and/or working in Minneapolis will be given priority for display space.

If you are interested please:
- Read the information below to make sure you are eligible and can work within the Library's guidelines.

- Contact Emily Watts (612.630.6238) for more information and to get contact information for the community library that will host the exhibit.

- Visit the community library at which you would like to display your work to make sure that your art fits physically in the space.

- E-mail Emily Watts (ekwatts@mplib.org) your biographical information and computer images of three examples of your art for review and consideration, as well as for MPL publicity purposes if your art is selected for display.

- After the exhibit is approved, set up a time with the community library contact person (provided to you by Emily Watts) to schedule your art installation.

All artists in the Twin Cities area are welcome to submit their work for display. Artists living and/or working in Minneapolis will be given priority for display space.

The Library is not a sales space and prices must not appear on your art. A contact name and number may appear, and business cards may be left in the holder provided by the Library. The Library will not handle messages or act as sales agents for your show. A poster describing the exhibit may be placed in a holder provided by the Library. The holders are portrait layout and hold an 8.5x11 sheet of paper, single sided. The biographical/informational data and a computer image of your art will be displayed on the Library website for publicity purposes.

A reception may be arranged for your show, to be held during regular library hours. Artists must arrange their own reception, and meeting room policies apply. For a copy of the meeting room policy, please contact your local library, or visit the website at www.mplib.org/meeting.asp. There is a fee for receptions.

Exhibits will run for 25 days and are accessible to the public during regular library hours. Exhibits are to be installed on the last day of the month prior to the exhibit month (eg. April 30 for a May 01 show start), and removed on the 26th of the month. The Library will consider exhibits lasting up to three months at one location.

Artists will be responsible for transporting, installing and removing all work displayed. All materials installed must use Library approved materials. The Library will notify artists of acceptable options. The artist is responsible for resolving all charges for any damages caused to the library during installation or removal. The charge to repair damaged Library spaces will be billed at $25.00/per hour with a two-hour minimum.

Artists must submit a brief biography for information purposes, three computer images of their work, and the MPL Temporary Exhibit Submission Form.

The space is booked on a first come, first serve basis. Artists with Minneapolis addresses will be given preference. Space can be booked up to one year in advance. Library staff will select artwork based on space limitations and appropriateness for display in a community library, which is accessed by all ages, including children. The Library reserves sole discretion the right to refuse any submissions of material for display.

Exhibitors will be required to sign the MPL Temporary Exhibit Agreement before the installation of their exhibit, and provide an inventory list of displayed items with values. The Library does not insure work exhibited on its premises. Exhibitors must make their own insurance arrangements.

Pierre Bottineau Library (www.mplib.org/pierreb.asp) 55 NE Broadway St, Minneapolis, MN 55413
In 1957, the Logan Park library was moved to Second Street Northeast and renamed Pierre Bottineau. On May 31, 2003, the library was moved to a new space in the Grain Belt Brewery complex at Broadway and Marshall Streets Northeast. This small but busy library enjoys the support and patronage of neighborhood residents. Its staff works closely with nearby schools and an early education center, hosting six to eight weekly class visits. Pierre Bottineau is the only community library where the circulation of juvenile materials is decidedly over half of the total number of items checked out. The library's bi-lingual Spanish storybooks and programs are popular with a growing Hispanic community. Display space includes 2 glass front cabinets and approximately 45 feet of wall space with a hanging display system.

Sumner Library (www.mplib.org/sumner.asp) 
611 Van White Memorial Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Sumner, one of the oldest and most distinctive libraries in Minneapolis, was built in 1915 in the style of an English castle. In 1938, it was moved 100 feet north for the widening of Olson Highway. Sumner, one of three remaining Carnegie libraries in Minneapolis, has been designated an historic site by the Heritage Preservation Commission. Sumner Library carries on an 84 year tradition of connecting with neighborhood residents, nearby schools and childcares, and other organizations by tailoring its services and collections to meet current demand. Display space includes glass front display cases and approximately 50 feet of wall space with a hanging display system.

Washburn Library (www.mplib.org/washburn.asp) 
5244 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Located near Minnehaha Creek, not far from the city limits, Washburn Community Library has been busy since its opening day in 1970. A 1992 renovation and expansion enhanced its role as a cultural and learning resource center. Minneapolis' milling history is remembered in this library, named for flour magnate and U.S. Senator William D. Washburn, founder of the Washburn-Crosby Milling Company. An original millstone from an early Minneapolis mill is installed in the yard, donated by General Mills, the corporate descendant of Mr. Washburn's enterprise. Display space includes wall space scattered throughout the library; walls are grey brick.



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