Park City Library seeks artists for future exhibits
The Park City Library not only exposes its patrons to books, magazines and programs that promote literacy, it also showcases visual art through exhibits displayed on its first and second floor.
Paintings, photographs, prints, textile work and other forms of two-dimensional art from local artists have been spotlighted since 2015, and the library wants to show more, said Community Engagement Librarian Becca Lael.
“We have issued a call for entries, and we are asking artists to submit their portfolios, preferably online, by either sending us a link of a unique website or attached files,” Lael said. “If they have a physical portfolio or portfolios that are on a CD or USB drive, they are welcome to come into the library.”
Deadline is Monday, April 1, and information about how to submit entries can be found by visiting parkcitylibrary.org/call-for-entries.
Artists of all levels are invited to apply, according to Lael.
“We are also open to exhibiting individual shows or partnered shows, and we welcome different mediums,” she said.
Artists will be selected by a committee, Lael said.
The library is currently showing a joint exhibit that include photographs from Richard Pick and drawings and paintings by Kristen Mitchell.
Pick’s portion, “Terra Incognita,” translates to “Unknown Land,” captures the solitude and reverence of remote areas in Southern Utah, according to his artist statement.
“When visiting these places, I have the opportunity to feel the peace and beauty of the natural world,” Pick’s statement reads. “Being able to experience these remote areas is more important to me than the resulting images.”
Mitchell’s images are collectively titled “Utah Lands,” and they depict areas close to Park City such as Bonanza Flat and Echo Canyon, as well as more distant destinations like the Cedar Mesa Formation near Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County.
This joint exhibit is scheduled to show until early summer, according to Lael.
In addition to the two-dimensional work by Pick and Mitchell, the library is experimenting with a three-dimensional exhibit consisting of bronze sculptures by library director Adriane Herrick Juarez, Lael said.
“This is the first time we’re doing a full 3D art exhibit,” Lael said. “We’re going to explore with library themes for the first year, and then open it up to the local artistic community to share their works, too. We’re excited to have something more than two-dimensional art.”
For information, visit parkcitylibrary.org.
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