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Art in the Library

Art in the Library

Call For Artists

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 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.

Fall/Winter 2019 Exhibit

The next Art in the Library Exhibit is scheduled for November 5-December 31 at the Hughes Main Library.

Meet the Artists: Meredith Stoudenmire & Edward Cascone

Tue, Nov 5, 7p-8p, Hughes Main Library

Join us for an opening night reception, and hear from local artists, Edward Cascone and Meredith Stoudenmire as they share their work and inspiration.

Edward Cascone
Edward Cascone

Edward Cascone began his formal art education in 1969 at School of Visual Arts, NYC. There he studied painting and drawing under the supervision of the renowned artist, Chuck Close. He traveled to Europe where he studied the French impressionists; visited the Louvre in Paris, France, and journeyed to Provence and the city of Arles. It was there he developed his technique in water colors and gouache. He also toured Italy and Greece and took a special interest in ancient architecture and philosophy.


He worked as an art conservationist at Julius Lowey/Shar/Sisto, Manhattan, N.Y. There he learned how to restore priceless works of art that are exhibited at the Guggenheim, and Louver museums.

In 1985 Cascone became a graphic designer and photographic retouching to supplement his income. Between 2004 and 2008 he painted and photographed landscapes of Fire Island, NY and exhibited his work at the annual Ocean Beach Arts & Crafts Show.

In 2005 he enrolled at Dowling College in an effort to finish his education and obtain his BA. He studied Political Science, Art and English Literature. During this time, he served on the college newspaper (The Lion’s Voice) as graphic designer/photographer and reporter. In 2011 he graduated with honors. He has written and published short stories, poetry and completed his first novel that same year.

His other interests involve music. He is a self-taught musician and has been playing flute, tenor and soprano saxophone for sixteen years. He has performed with R&B and Jazz groups on Long Island, NY. His musical inspiration derives from jazz greats like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon and Cannonball Adderley. His interest in music has inspired a series of paintings that focus on these historic icons of music.

In April 2012 he broke with tradition and developed a new painting technique he calls Dimensional Surfacing. This method has enabled him to express deeper human emotion that derives from the subject of entropy, introduced by Rudolf Arnheim, the perceptual psychologist/philosopher who taught at Berkeley in 1971.

In September 2017, Ed and his wife Charlene relocated to Lyman, South Carolina. His artwork is on exhibition at Open Art Studios, 14 S. Main St., Greenville, SC, where he also teaches Figure Drawing on Monday evenings. Visit his website for more information about his work.

Meredith Stoudenmire
Meredith Stoudenmire

Meredith Stoudenmire is a contemporary artist based in the Southeastern U.S. Currently, she is making paintings focused on adventure and a quest for answers. She often features volcanoes which for many years were about the pressure underneath, but she’s now more interested in the explosion and what draws us to the excitement of risk taking. After graduating from the Atlanta College of Art with a BFA in Printmaking, she lived in various cities and then returned in 2010 to her hometown of Greenville SC.


She is inspired by pop surrealism and the new contemporary movement. Hope Gangloff, Bo Bartlett, Peter Doig, Samantha Fields, and Mark Bradford are some artists she loves. Visit her website for more information about the work of Meredith Stoudenmire.

Next Submission Due Date

The application deadline for this exhibit has passed. The next Art in the Library display is scheduled for November and December of 2019 with an opening night reception on Tuesday, November 5 at 7p.

  • 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 Art exhibition 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 Art Exhibition Application 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.