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Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Post Date:07/18/2019 5:00 PM
 call for artists banned books week chapel hill

Call for Local Artists

Chapel Hill Public Library, in partnership with Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, is asking you to make small (5” wide x 7” tall) original works of art on paper, inspired by books or authors that have been challenged, censored, or banned.

Based on their artistic excellence, seven of these works will be selected by a jury to receive a $100 prize and become trading cards; artwork is featured on the front and an artist’s statement and information about the book or author are on the back. All entries are displayed in an exhibit at the library during Banned Books Week and beyond. Trading cards are distributed for free during Banned Books Week and beyond.

Banned Books Week is an annual national event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of intellectual freedom. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the dangers of censorship by spotlighting actual and attempted banning of books. We coordinate this project to bring these important issues into the community’s conversation in a fun, interesting, and unique way.

Open to artists of all ages within Orange, Durham, Wake, Chatham, and Alamance counties.  Artwork must be an original design and not a replication of existing book cover imagery or other artwork.


What and How to Submit

  • Artists may submit up to three different works of art
  • All work must be submitted on paper, even if it was created electronically
  • All submissions must measure 5 inches wide by 7 tall inches (no horizontal artwork accepted) and have a ¼ inch margin on all sides. Please review bleed example and template.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a complete submission form
  • Original artwork will be returned to the artist unless the piece is selected to be a trading card. Selected entries will be auctioned to support the non-profit Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library.

Selection Process

A Selection Committee made up of local arts and literary professionals and enthusiasts will review all submissions and select seven to be printed as trading cards.


The project will be publicized in local media, the Town website, social media, mailing lists, and in-house promotion at the Library.

Project Timeline  

Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 - Deadline for submissions

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 - Review and selection of seven finalists

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 - Exhibit Opening & Meet the Artist Reception

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 – Trading cards unveiled and made available to the public. 

Delivery and Questions

For delivery in person, by mail or for additional information please contact:

Kayna Baldwin
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

T:  (919) 969-2025



Chapel Hill Public Library and Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture reserve the right to refuse any or all submissions, to refuse any finalist, to waive informalities in proposals or procedures, or to withhold the award of a commission prior to a written contractual arrangement. By submitting artwork to this exhibition, artists grant Chapel Hill Public Library the right to reproduce artwork images for publicity and for the benefit of the Library.

Visit for more details and examples of previous winning entries.

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