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Open Call for 2018 Exhibitions

Applications are closed. Selected exhibitors will be notified by September 30, 2017.

In 2018, the Canyon Gallery at Boulder Public Library is trying something new by focusing on an interactive mix of exhibitions called the Assembly Room series.  The call for proposals is now open.

The Assembly Room Series @ BPL

The library is a place where people, ideas and knowledge come together.  It calls for a different kind of exhibition space. The Assembly Room series in the Canyon Gallery is where ideas meet action.  The Assembly Room is a place where the people can experiment with new ways of sharing on community-driven topics.

Projects presented in the Assembly Room merge visual display with conversation and civic-related content.  The library invites proposals for projects ranging from a few days to 2 months that intertwine visual display and/or installations with a live program, interactivity and collaborative happenings.  Presentations in the Assembly Room are as much about process as product and we want visitors to be engaged at all levels.  Multidisciplinary groups are encouraged to plan and apply together.  Honorariums may be available depending on the scope of the project.  Please review the general guidelines to make sure project is a good fit. For inspiration, take a look through some of the highlights of our 2017 exhibitions.

Exhibit applications must be submitted online via our application form, which includes an upload of a CV for the project leader and up to 10 pages of sample work.  Selected samples should be related to project scope or demonstrate the applicant’s ability to create proposed project.  If you have questions about the application process, please contact us at 303-441-3100.

Within this open call, the library is also interested in presenters who are also willing to participate as a Maker-in-Residence (MiR) in collaboration with our makerspace, BLDG 61. This opportunity allows local makers to share their expertise during public workshops in BLDG 61 while also realizing their own project within the Canyon Gallery. More information is available on the Maker-in-Residence Application.

A panel of staff and community members review proposals and make recommendations on accepting exhibition proposals. Applications are due by August 31, 2017, and selected exhibitors will be notified by September 30, 2017.

For information on additional display spaces in the library system, make inquiries regarding the Main Library Teen Art Gallery or at the Meadows Branch Library.