Call to Artists: October 22-28

Would you like to have a solo exhibition of your artwork in the gallery of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library downtown?

We welcome all types of media. Visual artists living or working in Pima County may apply during our submission period, coming up on October 22-28, 2017. 

The Main Library welcomes more than 40,000 visitors each month – this level of visibility is unheard of in a regular art gallery. The space is incredibly visible to a vibrant and growing downtown community.

We conduct this call every other year and receive about 70 submissions. A jury will select 24 artists to show their work in a month-long solo exhibition in the Main Library during the 2018-2019 juried exhibit season.  Artists may be asked to show at other libraries, as well.

For more information, please see the Art Submission Guidelines, the Exhibitor Waiver Form, and if applicable, the Guidelines for Sculpture and Three Dimensional Art.

Artist: Carlos Encinas

During the submission period, we will ask for:

  • Artist contact information
  • A brief artist statement (75 – 150 words)
  • Up to 5 JPG images (not necessarily the pieces you will show)
  • An image list (including the file name, title of the artwork, approximate year created, medium, and dimensions)

Need help preparing your submission? Join us for the following free program.

Gallery Tour and Submission Workshop

Joel D Valdez Main Library (café area)

Friday, October 20, 2017, 4:15-5 pm

We can provide participants with a 2-hour parking validation for the garage under the library off of Alameda.

Questions?  Contact Betsy Langley at

Exhibitor: Sonoran Glass School

Artist: Pam Young