Banned Books Week 2016
Banned Books Week is an annual, national celebration of your freedom to read. Chapel Hill Public Library, in partnership with the Division of Cultural Arts, celebrates by asking local artists to create original works of art inspired by a banned book or author whose work has been challenged.
Each piece represents the ongoing struggle for intellectual freedom and the dangers of censorship. Seven works are printed as trading cards that we give to the public during Banned Books Week.
Collect your free set in person from September 25 – October 1. You can support the project by purchasing collector’s sets from our Friend’s website. Current and past sets are available!
The 7 winning pieces
All 2016 Entries:
All 2016 Entries:
Call for Local Artists
The Chapel Hill Public Library, in partnership with the Parks & Recreation Division of Cultural Arts, is celebrating intellectual freedom and Banned Books Week in an interesting, fun, and unique way. We are asking local artists from Orange, Durham, Wake, Chatham and Alamance counties to create small scale (5” wide x 7” tall) works of art inspired by a banned/challenged book or author.
Based on their artistic excellence, seven of this year’s new works will be selected by a jury to receive $100 awards and be printed as trading cards, with the artwork on the front and the artist’s statement and information about the highlighted book or author on the back. A special $100 award for best youth entry will also be given to an artist under 18 years of age. All entries will be displayed during Banned Books Week and beyond at the Library and selected artist-designed cards will be printed and distributed to the public, with one given away each day of the week long celebration at the Library.
Original artwork will be returned to the artist at the conclusion of the project unless the piece wins. Winning entries will be auctioned to support the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library, a 501-C3 non-profit. Artists may submit up to three different works of art.
All submissions must measure 5 inches wide by 7 tall inches (no horizontal artwork accepted) and include a ¼ inch bleed on all sides (meaning important words and images should be ¼ inch inside of the edges of the artwork; see diagrams and template below).
Final printed cards will measure 2.5 wide by 3.5 inches tall; the standard size of a trading card. Each submission must be accompanied by a complete submission form that includes name, age and contact information for the artist; the title of the book and name of the author that inspired the artwork; and a brief 50-word-or-less statement of how the piece reflects the book and/or author.
Nonconforming entries will not be eligible for exhibition or award. By submitting artwork to this exhibition, artists are granting the Chapel Hill Public Library the right to reproduce artwork images for publicity and also to sell the artwork images on trading cards for the benefit of the Library.
To submit your work in the contest, bring the final physical hard copy and the accompanying paperwork to any service desk at the library, or mail entries to Banned Books attn. Susan Maguire, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. You will need to fill out this form for each piece you submit.
September 01, 2016 – review and selection of seven finalists, notification sent
September 23, 2016 – Exhibit Opening
September 25, 2016 – First trading card unveiled and made available to the public.
One trading card will be available each day during Banned Books Week (September 25 – October 1) at the Library
Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Formatting your entry
In order for your artwork to print correctly as a trading card, the image must leave a quarter-inch (.25″) margin on on each side.