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We are thrilled to welcome back talented local artists for our 12th Annual Call to Entry Juried Art Show.  We are currently accepting submissions! 

Exhibit Criteria:

  • Artists living within approximately 80 miles of the Chatham Area Public Library District and are 16 years of age or older are eligible for participation. Exceptions may be artists with strong ties to Chatham (i.e.: A former, longtime Chatham resident who recently moved outside the District).
  • Artwork submissions must be original works, appropriate for all viewing ages, and completed in the last 2 years.
  • Submissions can be of any medium or combination of media.
  • An Artist Biography: Biography should be brief, and include information such as artist background, interested medium and any further information that will be shared with the committee and public.

Entry Fees:

A non-refundable entry fee of $10.00 is required for each submission. You can apply and pay online here. Or, you can apply and pay via check by filling out the form below.  Each submission should include a digital copy  of each submission.  You can email the pieces to [email protected].  If paying with a check, please make it payable to the Friends of the Chatham Area Public Library.

PDF iconExhibition Guidelines, Application and Release Information

Important Dates:

  • September 3rd, 2022: Deadline for entries (digital files) to be considered for admission
  • September 12th, 2022: Artists notified
  • September 26th – 30th, 2022: Artists drop off artwork
  • October 3rd, 2022 – January 6th, 2023 : Duration of Show
  • October 14th, 2022: Opening Reception
  • January 9th-14th, 2023: Artwork to be picked up by artist or representative


  • Best in Show – Determined by the Library’s Art Committee
  • Popular Choice – Patrons of the Library will select the winner of this award
  • Awards will be announced at the Opening Reception on October, 14th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Please Note:

In order for the Library's Art Committee to jury this show, please submit digital files only.  Submissions, along with the application and release statement to [email protected].