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Theme: Abstract Art
Deadline for entry: November 8th
Exhibition: November 29th – January 24th

The theme for our next exhibition is: Abstract Art

Abstract art uses visual shapes, forms, colors, lines and textures to create a composition whichmight not be a depiction of visual reality. It may instead represent something we can’t see: like a feeling, expression of emotion, idea, song or something that might be hiding beneath the surface of the things we do see. Artists are invited to submit abstract artwork for this exhibit! Have fun with it!

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: November 8th

Notification of acceptance: November 15th

Works delivered to RPL by: Week of November 18th

Works displayed: November 29th – January 24th

Pick-up artwork: January 25th - January 31st


Click here for Entry Form

Upcoming Calls

 “Mixed Media” call for entry: December 6th - January 10th, 2019

“Landscapes/Cityscapes” call for entry: February 7th – March 7th, 2019

“Five” call for entry: April 4th – May 2nd, 2019

“Words/Letters/Text” call for entry: June 6th – July 4th, 2019

“Night” call for entry: August 1st – September 5th, 2019

“Collage” call for entry: October 3rd – November 7th, 2019

“This is Fun!” call for entry: December 5th – January 9th, 2020

(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