Exhibiting Art in the Library Policy

Library Board approved as Exhibit Space June 17, 2003. Revised March 22, 2022.

The Oak Park Public Library welcomes local artists to exhibit their work and engage with the community. Access to opportunities and spaces are guided by our commitment to equity and anti-racism. We invite artists of all backgrounds and mediums to submit a proposal to exhibit their work in a library space designed to showcase wall mount paintings, photographs, and two-dimensional art.

A diverse committee of library staff reviews all submissions from artists and will contact those who are selected for a month-long exhibition of their work. The selection process is guided by multiple factors:

  • The library’s commitment to equity and anti-racism;
  • Prioritization of local and Oak Park affiliated artists;
  • Artwork that aligns with the community aspirations of literacy, education, diversity, inclusion, equity, empathy, health, safety, and affordability.

Any sale of art from display at Oak Park Public Library must be organized by the artist, and will not be handled by Oak Park Public Library. 

By exhibiting art in the Oak Park Public Library, artists understand that exhibiting in public spaces does have risk of loss or damage, and the library is not responsible for the safety of art work while exhibited in the gallery or other library spaces.

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