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, we are pleased to host regular exhibits featuring the work of local artists in the main entry area of the Hughes Main Library. Over 300,000 annual visitors will have an opportunity to discover and enjoy local art that relates to literature, film, music, local history or to the library.


Call for Submissions

The application deadline to have your work considered for this exhibit was December 30, 2019. Interested in submitting your work for consideration in the next Art in the Library exhibit? Please check back often for updated information.

Spring 2020 Exhibit

The next Art in the Library Exhibit is scheduled for April 7-May 31 at the Hughes Main Library with a special opening night and opportunity to meet featured artists on April 7 at 7p.


Meet the Artist: Alice Ratterree

Tue, Apr 7, 7p-8pHughes Main Library

Join us for an opening night reception, and hear from local artist Alice Ratterree as she shares her work and inspiration.

Alice Ratterree
Alice Ratterree

Alice Ratterree, a native of the upstate from Spartanburg SC, enjoys a career as an award-winning children’s book illustrator. Her published works include Lilliput (Sam Gayton, Peachtree Publishers), which received the Gold Parent’s Choice Award in addition to being a Junior Library Guild selection, The Wolf Keepers (Elise Broach, Christy Ottaviano Books), also a Junior Library Guild selection, and Dangerous Jane (Suzanne Slade, Peachtree Publishers). In addition, she is a regular illustration contributor with TOWN magazine and the Community Journal. As a specialist in graphic illustration, Alice has been a designer for Great Arrow Graphics greeting cards, through which her designs have been both nominated for and received the prestigious Louie Award. Alice lives in Greenville with her husband Charles and their two children, Helen and Charlie. She also serves as Director of Operations at the Metropolitan Arts Council where she facilitates the re-granting process and manages artist programs.

A successful classically trained singer, Alice obtained her degrees in vocal performance from Florida State (BM) University and Boston University (MM). She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops, Emmanuel Music (Boston’s leading presenter of Bach cantatas), Asheville Lyric Opera and Brevard Music Center, and has been awarded several honors in voice competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and the American Traditions Competition with the Savannah Music Festival.


  • 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:
    50in wide x 7ft tall x 1ft deep
    1 case this size, about the size of a wardrobe w/several glass shelves
    19in wide x 3ft 22in tall x 17in deep
    2 cases this size, 2 glass shelves in each
    4ft wide x 29in tall x 19in deep
    1 case this size, 1 glass shelf
    Similar in size to 4ft wide x 29in tall x 19in deep but not a perfect rectangle
    1 case this size, 1 glass shelf
  • Artists must complete the Exhibit Application Form and return via email to
  • 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.


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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