Art in the Library

Art in the Library

In keeping with the Greenville County Library System’s mission to champion literacy, inspire learning, and foster community connection, the Hughes Main Library has provided a temporary exhibit space to showcase selected works of art from local artists relating to literature, film, music, local history, or to the library.

At this time, we are not accepting applications for submission. If you are a local artist interested in participating in Art in the Library, please see the submission requirements below. Information will be posted here about the exhibit timeframe.



  • The artist must be a Greenville County resident or student enrolled in a school in Greenville County.
  • Artwork must be original and professionally presented. Artwork must contain themes related to literature, film, music, local history, or the library in general.
  • Artwork may be two or three dimensional, but must fit within the following display case dimensions:
    Qty: 1
    50” wide x 1’ deep x 7’ tall
    Description: Approximately the size of a wardrobe w/several glass shelves
    Qty: 2
    19” wide x 17”deep x 3’ 22” tall
    Description: 4-sided glass cases (vertical), w/several glass shelves
    Qty: 2
    4’ wide x 19” deep x 29” tall
    Description: Glass front case (horizontal) w/several glass shelves; rectangular
    Qty: 1
    4’ wide x 19” deep x 29” tall
    Description: Glass front case (horizontal) w/several glass shelves; trapezoidal
  • The Exhibit Application Form must be accompanied by images in jpg, png, tiff, or other common image format of each of the works the artist is seeking to display along with dimensions of each of the works.
  • The Exhibit Application Form must also include a brief artist statement (75-150 words).
  • The artist must also include a resume or CV.
  • The library cannot offer the works for sale at the library. However, contact information for the artist may be provided with the display for interested buyers to contact the artist directly.
  • The display area is family friendly, so please submit only materials appropriate for a wide range of ages.
  • Submissions will be reviewed by the exhibit committee of the library. Not all submissions will be accepted.
  • Artists whose works are accepted must be available to appear at an opening reception at the Hughes Main Library.

Judging Criteria

Submitted artwork will judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality/Creativity:
    How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation
  • Craftsmanship/Artistry:
    The level of skill and knowledge of artistic techniques demonstrated in each piece
  • Theme:
    How closely the piece relates to the theme of literature, film, music, local history or the library itself; based on the artwork itself and the artist statement


Your art will be exhibited in a public space. Normal precautions for the security of the exhibit will be exercised by the Library, but ultimate responsibility for the exhibit is that of the artist. The Library is not responsible for damage or theft, and provides no insurance coverage for this purpose.

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