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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.

Project Details

Submissions created in any medium, including digital, are welcome, though art must be in hard copy format on paper for judging.

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.

A Selection Committee comprising local arts and literary professionals, Library staff and Cultural Arts Commission members will review all complete submissions and select seven finalists. Once selected, those artists’ works will be scanned and printed as trading cards. The cards will be handed out daily at the Library during Banned Book Week. Like other trading cards, these are sure to be collected and shared.
The project will be publicized in the local media, through Town communication channels, and through the library itself – via website, social media, mailing lists, and in-house promotion.
August 28, 2017  September 05, 2017 – deadline for submissions

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

The Cultural Arts Division and Chapel Hill Public Library reserve the right to refuse any or all submissions, to refuse any finalist, to waive informalities in proposals or procedures, or to withhold the award of a commission should it be determined that submissions are not adequate, or for any other reason prior to a written contractual arrangement being reached.

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.

Questions For delivery in person, by mail or for additional information please contact:

Christine Bennett

Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27514

(919) 968-2021

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.

“Bad” bleed

“Good” bleed