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Theme: Self-portrait
Deadline for entry: July 5th  
Exhibition: July 26th – September 20th  

The theme for our next exhibition is: SELF-PORTRAIT. A self-portrait is an artwork that REPRESENTS the artist that creates it.  Traditionally, it is a picture of the artist’s face, a portrait.  But, it can also show an artist’s unique perspective on how they see themselves.   What will YOUR self-portrait look like?

Up to 24 pieces will be selected for display in the gallery, an average of 8 from each of the following age groups:  5-12, 13-17, and 18+. The gallery walls are secured behind glass and located just inside the Youth Services area on the first floor. The show will be juried by Rochester Public Library Youth Services staff. Selections will be made based on relevance to the theme, adherence to technical guidelines (below), artistic merit, craftsmanship, originality, and completeness of the application. Artists will be notified via e-mail or phone regarding the display of their artwork. 


All artists must be residents of Olmsted County at the time of submission. All styles and media will be accepted, but work must be 2 dimensional, sized within 12”wide x 12”high x 1”deep. If they wish, artists may pick up a 12” x 12” panel upon which to create their art at the Youth Services information desk. All submissions must be original works of art. Submissions can be entered electronically via email or dropped off in person. Physical submissions not chosen must be picked up by the start date of the exhibition. Selected artwork that arrives unframed or unmounted will be hung by the best method determined by YS staff.

There is no entry fee.

Entry deadline: July 5th  
Notification of acceptance: July 12th  
Works delivered to RPL by: July 19th  
Works displayed: July 26th – September 20th                                      
Pick-up artwork: September 21st – 28th  

Click here for Entry Form

Upcoming Calls
“Imaginary Friend” call for entry: August 2nd - September 6th, 2018
“Abstract” call for entry: October 4th - November 8th, 2018
“Mixed Media” call for entry: December 6th - January 10th, 2019
(Upcoming calls for entry will follow the same guidelines as previous exhibitions.)

For questions contact Jon Allen jallen@rochester.lib.mn.us 507-328-2353

or Eric Tarr etarr@rochester.lib.mn.us 507-328-2335