Local artists sought for Virginia Beach library exhibit

"Inception," an example of artwork that is hanging in the central library's art gallery this month. It was created by Virginia Beach artist Mary Kay Holladay. (Courtesy of city of Virginia Beach)
“Inception,” one of the pieces of artwork hanging in the central library’s art gallery this month. It was created by Virginia Beach artist Mary Kay Holladay. (Courtesy of City of Virginia Beach)

The Virginia Beach Public Library is looking for art to display in monthly exhibitions at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library gallery.

A competitive, juried process will select artwork that will be displayed for monthly intervals between March 2016 to February 2017, according to a release from the city. The gallery has been around for years; a call for submissions is made annually.

To be considered for display, the artwork must be original work by the applicant, “suitable for display in a public library,” and two-dimensional framed wall art, like a painting, photography or collage, according to the city. The art gallery has about 54 feet of wall space and uses a hanging rod system.

Applicant portfolios must include:

  • A brief letter of application describing artwork and art experience
  • Contact information, including email
  • Six to 12 sample digital images or photos of artwork
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope if submitting photographs

Portfolios must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 12. They can be emailed to RKennedy@VBgov.com, submitted to the library in person or mailed to:

Robert C. Kennedy, Art Gallery Curator

Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library

4100 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23452

For more information, email RKennedy@vbgov.com or call the Central Library at (757) 385-0110.

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