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Artist Program

The mandate of Kitchener Public Library's artist program is to educate the public about art and to promote and support local artists. 

Art Exhibits

Monthly exhibitions take place in the Central Library Art Gallery, on the lower level. The gallery is open during regular library hours.

The library does not take a commission for any piece that may sell. Buyers are asked to contact the artist directly.

Program Information

The gallery has 140 ft. of wall space. It is equipped with a track system with as many as 50 hanging cables that hold up to 15 lbs each. Large pieces will require more cables. It is the artists’ responsibility to ensure enough cables are used to sufficiently hold their work.

Exhibitions are approximately one month long (allowing for installation and dismantling). The artist is responsible for installing the exhibit, creating the labels and taking down the show. Artwork must be framed or mounted and equipped with wire on the back for proper hanging.

The library does not carry insurance for special exhibit artwork. It is the artist’s responsibility to obtain insurance if they feel the need to do so. All artists will be required to sign an artist agreement/waiver. Security stickers (alarm coded for our security gates) will be provided to be placed on artwork.

Parking costs are the responsibility of the artist. Visit kpl.org/central for information.

An opening reception is held for each artist. Refreshments are the responsibility of the artist.

Promotion

Full-colour posters advertising exhibits are displayed at the Central Library and four branch libraries. Artists are provided with posters as well as personalized invitations to their exhibition and opening reception.

Each exhibit will be promoted in the library’s In Touch magazine (circulation 8,000) as well as on our website, social media network, outdoor sign, and indoor promotional screens.

Selection Process

Your application must be accompanied by at least three photographs of your work, as well as an artists’ statement. Alternately, you may include a link to your website if it contains the required information.

Selection is done on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Due to the popularity of the program, only those selected to display their artwork will be contacted.

Application Form

Interested in hosting an exhibit at the library? Please download and complete an application form.

Completed applications and accompanying photographs may be delivered to Central Library, c/o Stephanie Donkers-Schmalz, or emailed to stephanie.schmalz@kpl.org.


Artist at Work

Each month, a live art demonstration is held at Central Library and a community library location.

A six-foot table and chair are provided, as well as signage for the event. The artist is responsible for supplying all materials used. Demonstrations may not emit toxic or excessive scents or noise.

Product sales are prohibited within the library. Artists are encouraged to interact with library visitors and hand out business cards.

Upcoming demonstrations will be promoted in the library’s In Touch magazine (circulation 8,000) as well as on our website, social media network, outdoor sign, and indoor promotional screens.

Interested in hosting a demonstration? Please download and complete the application form.

Completed application forms may be delivered to Central Library, c/o Stephanie Donkers-Schmalz, or emailed to stephanie.schmalz@kpl.org.