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Call for Artists

The Call for Artists for Burton Barr Central Library's @Central Gallery is CLOSED.
Submissions were accepted September 1–30, 2019.


Artists residing in Arizona, 18 years or older and at any stage of their career, may submit work for consideration. Submissions must be original works of art completed by the artist and part of a cohesive collection. Works previously exhibited in Phoenix Public Library galleries in the past two years are not eligible for consideration.  

How to Apply

Please complete the online submission form. You will need to upload the following:

  • a brief resume (max. two pages)
  • an artist statement
  • 10 digital images documenting work created within the last two years
    • Images should be jpg format, 72 dpi, and approximately 10” on the longest side.
    • Individual image size should not exceed 1MB.
    • Files should be named as: firstname_lastname_title.jpg.  Please type the artist’s name and artwork titles as they appear on the submission form.
  • A one-page written proposal is optional, but should be included when proposing a body of work that is not yet completed.

Upon completion of the online submission form, you will be prompted to click the "submit and pay" button. A non-refundable fee of $15 must be paid by credit card.


Online submissions must be completed by Monday, September 30, 2019. Incomplete submissions will not be juried.

Selection Process

Selections will be made by a jury consisting of professional artists and educators based on aesthetic quality, artistic merit, technical ability and appropriateness for library setting.

Installation Requirements

All hanging artwork must be suspended from a rail using picture wire. Average sized, framed pieces or canvases should be wire-backed; pieces that are large or deep tend to lean out from the wall, but will hang better with either eyehooks or d-rings installed near the top. We can discuss additional strategies to ensure your work hangs properly. A gallery floor plan with measurements is available upon request.

Artists may submit work in any media; however, artists may be asked to provide pedestals or other display materials required for three-dimensional artwork or artwork that requires special installation. Artists selected for exhibition will be responsible for delivery and retrieval of their artwork and must assist with installation. The artist will also be responsible for framing and any costs incurred to ensure that the artwork is exhibition ready on installation day. 

Site installation is a key task for a successful exhibition. On installation day, the artist is responsible to assist with the on-site installation which includes hanging pieces on the walls or displaying 3D items in pedestal casings. The artist will work with library gallery technicians to install the artwork and the technicians will set up the lighting and technical equipment.


Phoenix Public Library will carefully identify the appropriate method for publicizing art exhibits.


Artists are encouraged to provide contact information for sales inquiries. The artist is responsible for conducting the sale of any work directly with the buyer, not through library staff.

For additional information or questions email or call 602-534-7854 (for TTY dial 7-1-1).

​​Every effort will be made to ensure the safe handling of submitted materials; however, @Central Gallery, Phoenix Public Library, City of Phoenix and Friends of the Phoenix Public Library are not responsible for any loss or damage.

The City of Phoenix prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability in its services, programs and activities. Anyone who believes he or she has been discriminated against may file a complaint with the City of Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department. The City of Phoenix does not carry accident insurance to cover participants. Involvement in any activity is done at the participant’s own risk. This publication can be provided in an alternate format upon request. Call 602-262-4636 (for TTY dial 7-1-1), fax 602-261-8836 or e-mail

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