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Oak Harbor library - call to artists

Artists and photographers working in two-dimensional art or low-relief media are invited to exhibit their work at Oak Harbor Library. The library is visited by more than 700 people per day. This provides an opportunity for local artists to increase public awareness of their work and for potential sales without commission or entry fees.

About the display space

Display areas include wall space behind the check-out desk and in the Center for Lifelong Learning near the library entrance. The display walls are suitable for two-dimensional art and low-relief media such as fiber art or mixed media.

  1. Check-out desk: The display space is approximately 4 feet high x 15 feet wide. There is room for 3 to 5 pieces of art depending on size and orientation. Artwork is viewed at a distance of about 15 feet. This area is best for pieces that are 16 x 20 inches or larger and do not contain small details.
  2. Center for lifelong learning: The display space is approximately 6 feet high x 17 feet wide. It is located in a public area with potential for close viewing. There is room for 4 to 9 pieces of art depending on size and orientation. This display area is suitable for large or small artwork.

The adjustable art hanging systems are limited to a maximum weight of 20 lbs. per piece. Artwork must be framed or mounted so it can be hung on hooks on vertical wires. Picture wire is preferable to saw tooth or other stationary hangers. Fiber art can be hung from fishing line.

Precautions will be taken to protect the artwork from damage or theft. The Oak Harbor Library makes its best effort to secure its facility when not in use and is protected by a security system. However, Sno-Isle Libraries will not provide insurance for artwork and artists are asked to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement.

Selection process and criteria

Submissions will be reviewed for approval by the library manager. Selection criteria are based on artistic competence and suitability for the display space. Compatibility with the library environment and appropriate subject matter for display in a public building frequented by persons of all ages are paramount. No works that depict religious images, political images, nudity, sexual acts, profanity or obscenity will be selected.

Exhibit period

The exhibit period is one to two months, depending on space availability. When artists are selected, the library's representative will contact them and schedule an exhibit period. Delivery and retrieval of artwork are by appointment only.

Promotion of exhibited artwork

Selected artists agree to provide photographs or permit Sno-Isle Libraries to photograph one or more images for promotional purposes. Artists are encouraged to submit a short biography or artist's statement. Artists who would like to present an artist's talk or facilitate a workshop for students should indicate this in their letter of interest.

Sale of artwork

Artists are invited to display contact information such as business card, bookmark or brochure. They may also provide a portfolio that can be viewed by the public. Portfolio dimensions should be 10 x 12 inches or less due to limited space. Prices may not be displayed with exhibited work, but may be listed in the portfolio. Potential buyers will be advised to contact the artist directly. Sales of artwork will not be handled in any way by library staff.

No commission or entry fees are required. Artists will not receive compensation from Sno-Isle Libraries for artwork exhibited at Oak Harbor Library.

Entry procedure

All work must be original and created solely by the artist. Interested artists should provide:

  1. Letter of interest (or email) describing the type of artwork they wish to display.
  2. Hold Harmless Agreement signed by artist (and parent/guardian if artist is under 18).

If available, please provide:

  • Resume including exhibition history and biography or artist statement. Student artists may submit a recommendation from their instructor instead of a resume.
  • Images sent via email, images on a CD or printed photos showing samples of artwork. Include artist's name, title, medium, size and description. If artist wants CD or photos returned by mail, please include a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope. Otherwise, these materials can be picked up at the library.


Nancy Luenn
Oak Harbor Library
1000 SE Regatta Dr
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

360-675-5115 x 6003

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