Call for Local Artists
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.
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.
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. Christine Bennett, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. You will need to fill out this form for each piece you submit.
September 05, 2017 – review and selection of seven finalists, notification sent
September 22, 2017 – Exhibit Opening & Meet the Artist Reception
September 24, 2017 – First trading card unveiled and complete packs made available to the public.
One trading card will be revealed each day during Banned Books Week (September 24 – 30) at the Library
Non-conforming entries will not be eligible for exhibition or award. By submitting artwork to this exhibition, artists are granting Chapel Hill Public Library the right to reproduce artwork images for publicity in all mediums for the benefit of 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.