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Theme: Imaginary Friends
Deadline for entry: September 6th
Exhibition: September 27th – November 21st

The theme for our next exhibition is: Imaginary Friends

Some friends live only in our imaginations. We want to change that! We want them to be seen!

Do you have an imaginary friend? Has it been a long time since you’ve seen them? Well, it’s time to reconnect with them and let us see them, too! For this exhibit we are asking artists to create artworks celebrating our imaginary friends. Yay!

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: September 6th   
Notification of acceptance: September 13th   
Works delivered to RPL by: September 20th   
Works displayed: September 27th – November 21st                                       
Pick-up artwork: November 24th – 30th   

Click here for Entry Form

Upcoming Calls

“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