Art Exhibits FAQ

Rocky Public Library Art Exhibits Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is the library showing local art?
2. I would like to display my art. What does the library require?
3. Is there anything else I should include with my art display?
4. Is the artwork for sale?
5. I would like to buy a piece of art, who do I pay?
6. For how long is the artwork displayed?
7. Can a group of artists display work together?
8. Who’s responsible for preparing the artwork for display?
9. Who sets up the art displays?
10. Is all of the artwork labeled?
11. I’ve never displayed my artwork before. Is hanging my work at the library complicated?
12. I have an art opening reception scheduled, what’s involved?
13. Does the library keep a percentage of art sales?
14. Can I claim my donation when I file my annual income taxes?

1. Why is the library showing local art?

  • Having artwork be the first thing people see when they enter the front door makes the library a more beautiful and inviting space for all.
  • Featuring a new art display each month keeps the library’s entrance appealing and eye-catching.
  • The Rocky Public Library is committed to supporting community engagement and connections between all residents.
  • We’re excited to provide an exhibit space that is accessible to anyone in the community. Seasoned professional, beginner, or anywhere in-between, we want to help you share your work.
  • We understand that even the most beautiful piece of artwork can’t sell if no one knows about it. We want to help local artists share their work.

2. I would like to display my art. What does the library require?

  • Enough artwork to fill our small exhibit space. We have about 8 by 4 feet of wall space, and can only accommodate 2-D artwork.
  • A sample image of your work to include on posters and advertisements.
  • A short artist statement/bio to include with your display.
  • A signed artist agreement/ waiver form.
  • A signed and completed inventory form.

3. Is there anything else I should include with my art display?

  • Some artists like to leave a guest book for patrons to leave comments in. If you would like to provide a guestbook to keep for posterity, please do so.
  • A stack of business cards so that interested parties can contact you about your artwork.

4. Is the artwork for sale?

The decision to sell art pieces, and the prices set are at the discretion of the exhibiting artist. If you want your artwork to be available for sale, great! If not, also great! It’s entirely up to each artist.

5. I would like to buy a piece of art, who do I pay?

Sales of art pieces are between the exhibiting artist and the interested parties directly. The library does not process sales transactions, enter into sales negotiations, or hold funds for sold artworks. Interested parties can contact the exhibiting artist directly to express their interest and reserve the piece(s) of their choosing. As per the agreement between the library and the artist, any pieces sold during the scheduled exhibition period will not be transferred to buyers until after the exhibition period ends, e.g. the end of the month. We’re happy for artists' work to sell, but we don’t our gallery wall to grow emptier by the day during the exhibit.

6. For how long is the artwork displayed?

So far, all of the art exhibits have been scheduled for one month-long periods beginning and ending with the calendar month. Artists will arrange a set up, and take down date with the library manger.

7. Can a group of artists display work together?

Yes, absolutely! We welcome group shows. Our community art exhibit space is limited, but if you would like to contribute one or two pieces as part of a collaboration with other artists, we would welcome the opportunity to help make those arrangements.

8. Who’s responsible for preparing the artwork for display?

Each individual artist is responsible for making sure that their work is ready to hang on the agreed upon opening date. Whether that means framing, printing, or some other preparations will depend on the art medium being displayed. If you are uncertain about what will be required to hang your artwork, please visit the library to speak with the Library Manager and have a look at the art exhibit area.

9. Who sets up the art displays?

The exhibiting artist with assistance from a library staff member will hang the art. Artwork must be ready to hang on the agreed upon opening date.

10. Is all of the artwork labeled?

Yes. The library arranges for labels to be printed for each exhibit. We strongly encourage artists to provide all of the required label information on the inventory form two weeks in advance of your opening date. That two week lead time ensures that the labels will be ready on the day you arrive to hang your artwork.

11. I’ve never displayed my artwork before. Is hanging my work at the library complicated?

Not at all. The library’s gallery space uses an ArtRail hanging system which allows for quick and easy set up. This system uses a hanging wires and hooks for mounting artwork. Don’t worry if this sounds complicated, a library staff member will be available to help you hang your work.

12. I have an art opening reception scheduled, what’s involved?

Art opening events are an opportunity to kick-off a new exhibit and for artists to celebrate their hard work, engage with the public, meet other artists, and answer questions about their artwork. Library staff will promote art openings through in-house advertising and social media posts, as well as inviting a reporter from The Mountaineer to attend. We encourage all exhibiting artists to reach out to their social network and invite people to attend. The library is able to provide light refreshments such as cookies, tea, and coffee. If you would like to provide additional specific refreshments, arrangements can be made with the library manager when planning your exhibit.

13. Does the library keep a percentage of art sales?

All sales are directly between the artist and interested parties, but the library does request that following the art exhibit closing date, a donation of 30% of all total sales of artworks on display at the library for which sales were negotiated during the exhibition period be donated to the library. These donations help support the library in providing programs, resources, and services to the community.

14. Can I claim my donation when I file my annual income taxes?

As a registered charitable organization the Rocky Public Library will issue charitable donation receipts for any individual donations of $20.00 or greater.
Have a question that wasn’t answered here? Contact Library Manager, Ben Worth, for more information.