Local artists, we want to show your work at Joel D. Valdez Main Library!

(TUCSON, Ariz.) – Calling all artists who live or work in Pima County. Get ready for the next Call to Artists October 17–23, 2019. We ask that you submit up to 5 images as examples of your work—not necessarily the pieces you will show—and an artist statement of no more than 250 words. All types of media will be accepted and considered.

A jury—consisting of members of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, the arts community, and library staff—will convene in early November to go through submissions and select artists who will display their work in month-long shows at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library gallery during the 2020 exhibit season.

The Joel D. Valdez 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.

During the Call to Artists (October 17–23, 2019), artists should enter their pieces via Submittable. JPG, TIFF, and PNG files will be accepted. If you don’t already have a Submittable account, a valid email address is required to sign up.

For those who need help applying we will be offering a drop-in help session on Saturday, October 19 from 11 am–1 pm at Joel D. Valdez Main Library. Bring a flash drive containing your images.

Arts and Exhibits Librarian Matt Landon says, “We’re proud of our exhibit space and the way it allows us to support so many talented local artists. There’s no charge to come into any library, so these exhibits are a wonderful way to make art accessible to all.”

Questions? Email matt.landon@pima.gov or call Infoline at (520) 791-4010.

Want to see other library art exhibits? We’ve got plenty! In addition to Joel D. Valdez Main Library, you can see local art on display at Oro Valley Public Library, Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, and Eckstrom-Columbus Library.


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