The Watzek Library Art Committee welcomes applications from the Lewis & Clark College community to display artwork in the library. Art exhibits enrich the library experience for all users and provide an additional space for intellectual and creative inquiry, in line with the library's mission.
Who may apply to exhibit artwork?
Priority consideration is given to current Lewis & Clark students who are enrolled for credit in a studio art class. Requests from faculty for exhibits of class work will also take precedence over other requests. (Interested faculty should contact Erica Jensen to arrange a group exhibition.)
We encourage all students, staff, and faculty—regardless of departmental affiliation—to submit work to be displayed.
What type of work may be exhibited?
The committee will consider artwork in any medium that can be safely displayed in available space without interfering with the purpose of that space. Please consult with a member of the Art Committee if you have questions about the suitability of a piece for display in the library.
Currently, we do not have a set-up that can do justice to audiovisual works, but we are happy to discuss possible workarounds with you.
Where may work be exhibited?
Available locations are largely dependent on the installation requirements of the work. The possibilities are most limited for framed items that need to be hung. Near the main staircase in the atrium is a flexible hanging system that can accommodate up to two dozen pieces.
How long may art be displayed? How early should an application be submitted?
We strongly recommend displaying exhibits for at least three weeks, and not more than four.
We encourage you to apply as early as possible to allow time to plan for the installation of your work. Some items may require coordination with Facilities Services, in which case we need at least two weeks' advance notice before your desired start date. That said, we appreciate receiving applications for works that are completed or nearing completion, to minimize unanticipated questions arising later.
After reading through this page and Information for Accepted Exhibits, fill out the application and liability waiver form, available below. You will need to upload at least one image of your work as part of the application. If you encounter any technical problems or have further questions, please contact Erica Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Art Committee reviews applications as they are received, and will respond within one week.
Any complaint about an exhibit, this policy, or implementation of the policy should be directed to the Art Committee. If these parties cannot reach a workable solution, complaints should then be directed to the Associate Director of Watzek Library, Elaine Hirsch.