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Call For Artists: The Art of Reading @ The Salida Library

‘The Art of Reading’ – Call for Entries

Salida Library’s Annual Artist’s Challenge Show, ‘The Art of Reading’, will be held May 13 th through June 30 th . All Arkansas Valley artists and writers are invited to enter. There is no fee to enter the Challenge Show.

The Art Work you submit MUST relate to the theme of the show.

Show Theme

Reading is an act of engagement. Far more than simply looking at a sequence of words strung together, those who read walk through the open door of language and enter another world, all in the time it takes to scan a line. For centuries, readers, as well as what is being read and the method of reading itself, have been potent subjects for artists and writers. Artists and writers are invited to use this time to explore the act and art of reading. Artists and writers can work collaboratively or separately.

Are you a Visual Artist?
Please follow these parameters:
The following criteria must be met for acceptance into the show:

The work can be two-dimensional or three-dimensional, in one medium or mixed media. 
Maximum outside frame dimensions for wall art are 24” x 24”. All wall art must have a sturdy wired hanging system (no sawtooth hangers, hooks, or fishing line). Weight must not exceed 10 pounds.

Maximum dimensions for free standing 3-D works are 18” x 18” base size and 24” height.

Please email to (before the end of April) an image of your piece of artwork, the title, dimensions, medium, price (if for sale), the artist’s name, and contact information. You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt.

Are you a Writer or a Poet?
Please follow these parameters:
The following criteria must be met for acceptance into the show:

Line limit for poetry: 40
Word limit for prose: 500

Please email your work via email in an attached document (MS Word or Adobe please) to (before the end of April) the title of your work, your name and contact information, including a phone number. You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt.


Entries are limited to one per person. If the number of entries exceeds the space restrictions, the show will be juried. Artists will be notified promptly by phone or email if their work will not be hung or displayed in the show. Art work in the show can be for sale. Ten percent of any sales transacted during the show will go to the library art book fund. Potential buyers will be referred to the artist, who will handle the sale and delivery of work after the show.

You may drop off your art to the Library Tuesday, May 10 th in the afternoon.
Please let Joy know ( if you cannot drop off your art during this time. Artwork accepted for the Challenge Show must remain hanging through the end of June. Visual artists will be notified if their work is not accepted into the show.

You may pick up your visual art or written piece at the Library on Friday, July 1 st in the morning.

Although the Library will take the greatest care in handling your artwork, artists leaving their work do so at their own discretion and liability. The Library is not liable for any stolen work. If you feel insurance is necessary, it will be your responsibility to obtain insurance.

See Joy at the Library, or email at

Earlier Event: May 8
Walden Chamber Music Society
Later Event: May 12
Creative Mixer