OUR MISSION

Hartford Public Library provides free resources that inspire reading, guide learning, and encourage individual exploration.


OUR VISION

The Library will be a national leader in redefining the urban public library in the 21st century as an innovative and stimulating place where people can learn and discover, explore their passions, and find a rich array of resources that contribute to a full life.


OUR CORE VALUES

  • Providing service excellence
  • Achieving results
  • Collaborating to achieve the Library’s mission


OUR VALUE PROPOSITION

Democratizing access to information and opportunity.

We serve the people of City of Hartford, our principal funders and customers. We are in and of the community…a place like no other. We are a gateway for immigrants and refugees…an early literacy center for preschoolers…a wifi hot spot and business office for area workers…an exhibit space for artists…a technology resource for residents and visitors…a lender of books and other educational and entertaining materials… a training center for the development of new skills…the repository of Hartford’s history…a gathering place for people to relax, explore, learn, and grow. 


ONE CORE IDEA

At Hartford Public Library, you will discover a place like no other.

Through its mix of enriching resources, you can find a place that provides the spark for your conversation, the power for your passion, the courage for your soul and the food for your mind.

It is more than just pages. It is the window to knowledge and understanding of the world.


OUR SIX PRIORITIES

  1. Community-wide service and branches
  2. Commitment to literacy
  3. Expanded presence, profile and partnerships
  4. Board governance and organizational excellence
  5. Development and financial sustainability
  6. Current technology


GENERAL GUIDELINES

Programs and exhibits are considered based on the Library’s strategic plan and mission and available library resources. All submissions will be reviewed by the Library’s programming staff.

 

PROGRAMS

Hartford Public Library sponsors programs that support our activities, mission, collections, and strategic plan at the Downtown Library and at neighborhood branches.

 

EXHIBITIONS

The Library showcases works of established and emerging artists—particularly from Hartford— and/or exhibitions that focus on Hartford and Hartford’s history, which educate, enlighten, challenge, and enrich people’s lives. All exhibitions will be curated by Library staff. Original work in all media will be considered.

Hartford Public Library is pleased to offer the opportunity for local writers to showcase their latest publication and connect with library visitors. HPL will publicize your appearance and will make available your book in the circulating collection. Hartford authors will be given first consideration. Please contact 860.695.6320 with any questions.

Public Program or Exhibit Proposal

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Programs and exhibits are considered based on the Library’s strategic plan and mission and available library resources. All submissions will be reviewed by the Library’s programming staff. Most lectures, readings, exhibits, and performances are done on a volunteer basis.

 

PROGRAMS

Hartford Public Library sponsors programs that support our activities, mission, collections, and strategic plan at the Downtown Library and at neighborhood branches.

 

EXHIBITIONS

The Library showcases works of established and emerging artists—particularly from Hartford— and/or exhibitions that focus on Hartford and Hartford’s history, which educate, enlighten, challenge, and enrich people’s lives. The Library gives preference to exhibitions linked to program themes and initiatives, such as The Big Read. All exhibitions will be curated by Library staff. Original work in all media will be considered.

If you are interested in applying specifically for the Library’s ArtWalk, separate submission guidelines are available at http://hplct.org/classes-seminars-exhibits/artwalk/submission-guidelines.

 

APPLICATIONS

A completed application includes:

·       Public Program or Exhibit Proposal form (enclosed)

·       A bio and/or resume

·       At least three references

·       Required support materials:

  • Exhibits: Ten to twelve representative images. Images must be high-quality jpegs, at least 800x600 pixels but not larger than 1024x786 pixels. Include a corresponding image list.
  • Musical performances: Website, audio and video links.
  • Author talks/book promotion: Author’s name, Publisher, Publicist’s name and contact information, and book release date.

·       Any additional support materials

Submissions open August 1

ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library offers one of the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in metropolitan Hartford and the opportunity for Hartford residents and others to view art in a magnificent setting in our city. Exhibitions on the ArtWalk offer an array of art experiences that reflect a variety of media, styles, and cultures in the art world, provide diverse viewing experiences, and allow for many tastes.


Situated on the third floor of the Downtown Library in a space that looks down onto historic Main Street, the gallery offers unique visibility and exposure, adding to the increasing vibrancy of Downtown Hartford. The ArtWalk hanging system’s movable hanging panels allow maximum flexibility for each show.


The stunning state-of-the art gallery was made possible through the generosity of donors, especially the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.


SEEKING SUBMISSIONS


The ArtWalk puts on four exhibitions each year, and every year, between August 1 and November 1, artists in all media are invited to submit a body of work. From these submissions, the four shows for the following calendar year are chosen.  


ELIGIBILITY

  • Artists living and/or working in the MetroHartford area will be given priority. Students, emerging, or established artists are all eligible. Artists must have a body of work sufficient for exhibition on the ArtWalk by the date of the exhibition.

JURY

  • A jury will select up to four artists with final approval from the Library. Criteria for selection include but are not limited to: an artist’s resume or vitae and demonstrated ability, an appropriate body of work that is compatible with the ArtWalk space, and the ability to provide sufficient work ready for installation by an agreed-upon date. Installations designed specifically for ArtWalk are encouraged.
  • The jury will also consider the economic and physical feasibility of the proposed exhibition.
  • The jury may also recommend group exhibitions.

SELECTED ARTISTS

  • The selected artist(s) will generally receive a solo exhibition (although the library reserves the right to create exhibitions for multiple artists simultaneously); supporting marketing; an opening night reception; and, an opportunity to present an artist’s talk to the public during the run of the exhibition.

SUBMISSIONS

  • Documentation of work: Ten to twelve images of recent and/or current work, or the work specifically being proposed for the ArtWalk exhibition, submitted electronically through our submissions manager. Work should be high-quality jpegs, at least 800x600 pixels but not larger than 1024x768 pixels. Filenames should be formatted: lastname_title.jpg. Up to three minutes of multimedia or time-based work will be viewed by jurors; clearly indicate the segment to be viewed.
  • Image list that corresponds with the submitted portfolio, including title of work, dimensions, medium, and year.
  • Written description of the proposed exhibition, with brief artist's statement.
  • A current resume with contact information including address, phone number, email address, and website.

Please not that due to high volume of submissions, we cannot accept physical portfolios and artist packets. Please submit all work electronically.


DEADLINE

Materials must be delivered no later than November 1.

Artist(s) selected by the jury will be notified by phone and e-mail no later than December 31.

Good luck!

Click here to view a map of the ArtWalk exhibition space