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The library highly values artists and their work, and we host more than 20 art exhibits every year. During each year’s open call, artists and organizations are invited and encouraged to submit proposals for the next year’s exhibits.
Proposals for exhibits in 2021 will be accepted only from March 1-May 15, 2020, and applicants will be notified by June 1, 2020.
If you would like to consider submitting a proposal for an exhibit in 2021, please visit library.georgetown.org/art and scroll to the bottom of the page to find more information about the process.
For twelve years, the Georgetown Public Library has hosted the Texas Society of Sculptors’ annual summer show. The competitive, juried exhibit is a popular tradition in Georgetown that includes sculptures throughout the building on both the first and second floors. Participating sculptors work in wood, glass, bronze, ceramics, and more. Most pieces in the exhibit are available for purchase.
On Sunday, July 21, exhibit prize winners were announced at an awards reception attended by the sculptors, TSOS members, and the public.
This year’s exhibit award recipients are:
First Place: Harry Angel for #183 Lady #3
Second Place: Bob Coffee for Arm Wrestlers
Third Place: Matt Donner for Hard Rain is going to fall
Honorable Mention: Cass Hook for Cosmic Interlude
Honorable Mention: Kalena Powell for How the Light Gets in: Self Portrait
Honorable Mention: Bob Ragan for Night at the Opera
People’s Choice: Ken Law for Shumla
Librarians’ Choice: John Mark Luke for Spirit Takes Flight
Each award is accompanied by a cash prize. The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board provided a total of $2,200 to fund the awards.
The People’s Choice award was determined by ballots cast by visitors to the library in the first few weeks of the exhibit, and the Librarians’ Choice award was decided by a vote of the library staff.
The juror for this year’s first, second, and third place and honorable mention awards was Nick Ramos, an award winning graphic artist and curator based in Georgetown.
This year’s exhibit opened Sunday, June 23, and lasts through Saturday, Sept. 20. An exhibit catalog is available for those who would like to walk through the exhibit and see all 72 pieces.
The library will also host a sculpture demonstration featuring several of this year’s sculptors demonstrating their techniques and processes in clay, bronze, wood, stone and glass. The free event will be held in the library lobby, 402 W. Eighth St., on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Kenny Williams joins the Art Carvajal Trio to perform a mixture of jazz, pop and light R&B in the library’s Live Music at the Library series on July 15 at 2 p.m.
Fifteen years of living and performing in New York City included Kenny’s Broadway debut in Disney’s hit musical The Lion King as well as a role in the world premiere production of The Color Purple: the Musical, which was produced by Oprah Winfrey. In addition, Kenny starred in the national tours of the musicals Grease! and Smokey Joe’s Café. Kenny has since returned to Austin where he was raised. Growing up in Austin, Kenny studied voice at the University of Texas, and then cut his teeth as a stage performer at Austin’s Zach Theatre. Most recently, he has appeared in several Zach Theatre productions including critically acclaimed Sophisticated Ladies, where he starred as the “Raconteur” opposite Tony award winner Jennifer Holiday, and played “the Friend” in the revival of Gospel at Colonus. Lastly, Mr. Williams sparkled and delighted as the lovable and effervescent “Ghost of Christmas Past” in Zach’s A Christmas Carol.
Art Carvajal performs on nylon and electric guitars in solo guitar performances, with the Art Carvajal Trio, with Candy Declue as Art and Candy, and many other configurations. Jazz is his first love, followed by Brazilian music and then everything else.
The Live Music at the Library series is free and open to the public, a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the Georgetown Public Library as one of 10 recipients of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. The award will be presented at an event at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., in May.
Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross shared the National Medal award announcement at a public reception at the Georgetown Public Library on May 1. The reception was held in the lobby of the Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
At the Georgetown Public Library, patrons encounter three words as they enter the building: Engage, Enlighten, Empower. This is the mission statement that drives the library to serve as a catalyst for community wellbeing and enrichment. Library staff reimagine and reinvent the library through patron-centric library services, innovative partnerships with organizations and agencies, and creative, engaging programming.
“Winning the 2018 IMLS National Medal is truly an honor for our library and community,” Georgetown Public Library Director Eric Lashley said. “It is rewarding for our staff, volunteers, and community partners to be recognized at the national level for our efforts to engage, enlighten, and empower our community.”
Selected from 29 national finalists, the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners represent institutions that provide dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service. Through their community outreach, these institutions bring about change that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive. The San Antonio Public Library is the only other public library in Texas to have won the IMLS National Medal in the past.
“It is a pleasure to recognize the 10 distinctive recipients of the National Medal of Museum and Library Service,” IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew said. “Through their programs, services, and partnerships, these institutions exemplify the many ways that libraries and museums are positively transforming communities across the nation.”
As part of the ceremony and celebration, Georgetown community member Rosie Rocke will travel to Washington, D.C., with Lashley to accept the National Medal on behalf of Georgetown Public Library and provide a personal account of the power the library has had in the community. After Rocke’s husband died in 2013, the library became her safe haven. The super-volunteer notes that “the library was my grief counselor. It made my transition to a widow easier.”
Following the ceremony, StoryCorps—a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans—will visit the Georgetown Public Library and provide an opportunity for Georgetown community members to share stories of how the library has affected their lives. These stories are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
To see the list of 2018 National Medal recipients and learn more about the National Medal, visit www.imls.gov.
Flight Behavior Book Discussion Questions
1. What is the significance of the novel’s title? How is the imagery of flight represented throughout the story?
2. What are the people like in the small Tennessee town where Dellarobia lives? What are their major joys and concerns? Are they familiar to you?
3. How are Dellarobia and her family connected to the land and to nature itself? How are they disconnected? How does this shape their viewpoints?
4. How does Dellarobia react when she first sees the monarchs? What greater meaning do they hold for her? How is she like the butterflies? How does finding them transform her life? Are the butterflies a miracle?
5. How does Barbara Kingsolver portray portray religion, faith, and God in the novel?
6. What does Dellarobia think about her new friends, and especially Ovid Byron? How do the scientists view people like Dellarobia, her family, and her neighbors? Does either side see the other realistically?
7. Dellarobia believes that, “educated people had powers.” What does she mean by this? How does education empower people? Can it also blind them?
8. Flight Behavior illuminates the conflicting attitudes of different classes towards nature and the idea of climate change. How does each side see this issue? Where do they find common ground?
9. How is media both a help and a hindrance in understanding social issues? How does it offer clarity and how does it add confusion? How is the media portrayed in Flight Behavior?
10. Flight Behavior interweaves important themes: religion and science, poverty and wealth, education and instinct or faith, intolerance and acceptance. How are these themes used to complement each other and how do they conflict?
11. What did you take away from reading Flight Behavior? Did it affect your thinking about climate change?
What Can You Do to Help Monarch Butterflies?
You can do a lot to protect the vanishing monarch butterfly, from planting milkweed to collecting data on monarch breeding and migration.
Create monarch habitat
Monarchs depend on milkweed for survival. It’s where they lay their eggs, where caterpillars first hatch and
feed. Monarch Watch, a nonprofit education, conservation and research program, needs volunteers to create
“Monarch Waystations” (monarch habitats) in home gardens, at schools, businesses, parks, nature centers,
along roadsides or gas stations and on other unused plots of land. The program offers volunteers a seed kit
and a registry. A limited amount of free milkweed is available. Monarch Watch also has useful instructions for
growing milkweed on your own.
Become a citizen scientist
Members can also help solve some of the enduring mysteries about the monarch. To better understand monarch migration, science organizations rely on citizen scientists to collect data during the annual life cycle of monarch breeding, migration and overwintering. Your actions can improve and inspire monarch conservation.
Donate to restore monarch habitat
Your help is urgently needed to protect vanishing monarchs. Donate to the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange, which is administered by the nonprofit Biodiversity Works in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund. Your donation will go directly towards creating monarch habitat.
For more information and links to resources, please visit the Environmental Defense Fund’s Monarch site.
Source: Environmental Defense Fund
The First Earth Day
The First Earth Day was April 22, 1970. Before 1970 it was perfectly legal for a factory to spew black toxic clouds into the air and dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream. How was that possible? Because there no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act, and no Environmental Protection Agency.
In spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force pollution control onto the national agenda. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked! In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of the EPA to tackle environmental issues.
For more on climate fiction, read “‘Cli-fi’: could a literary genre help save the planet?”
Remaining Earth Day Events
Thank you for coming today! Please join us again for these remaining events:
Monday, Apr. 30 at 7 pm: “Monarch Butterflies: Threats and What You Can Do to Help,” a talk given by David Wolfe, Director of Conservation Strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund. In the Georgetown Public Library’s 2nd floor Hewlett Room.
Tuesday, May 8 at 7 pm: “Reducing CO2 Pollution for Monarchs and Humans,” a talk given by Emily Northrop, Professor of Economics at Southwestern University. In the Georgetown Public Library’s 2nd floor Hewlett Room.
All four of the Earth Day events are co-sponsored by the Georgetown Public Library and the Southwestern University Environmental Studies Program and Smith Library Center.
Exhibit April 15-May 17, 2018 Continue reading “Sun City Photography Club: In Perspective”
Exhibit March 5 – May 18, 2018
Exhibit March 5-30, 2018
The Georgetown Public Library hosts monthly art exhibits that are accessible all the hours that the library is open. Exhibits feature work by local individual artists and by local arts groups.
The library welcomes proposals for future exhibits during each year’s open call from March 1-May 15; details are below under “Exhibiting Your Work in the Library.”
In 2018 and 2019 we were proud to receive the Gold award for “Best Place to View Art” in the Best of Georgetown Awards. Each year from 2014-2017 the library received the Silver award in that category.
The library also displays works of art that have been purchased by the City of Georgetown, and is a City Sculpture Tour location.
Below is a calendar of current and upcoming exhibits. You can click on each exhibit title to see an image and find additional information about the exhibit.
Exhibiting Your Work in the Library
The library highly values artists and their work. During each year’s open call, artists and organizations are invited to submit proposals for the next year’s exhibits.
Proposals for exhibits in 2021 were accepted March 1-May 15, 2020. All applicants will be notified by June 1, 2020.
If you are considering submitting a proposal for an exhibit in 2022, please look over these documents:
- Guidelines for Artists Exhibiting in the Georgetown Public Library 2020
- Policy for Art Exhibits in the Georgetown Public Library
And then when the call is open, you will be able to submit a proposal in one of two ways: online or by mail/hand delivery.
- Online (strongly preferred). From March 1-May 15, 2021, from this page you will be able to submit a proposal and easily upload your images on the web using Submittable. You can create a free Submittable account in order to submit your proposal online. Read more about Submittable here.
- Mailed or Hand-delivered (for those who cannot do electronic submissions). From this page, you will be able to print a proposal form, and then mail or hand-deliver it with up to six printed images attached. Your printed proposal form and printed images must be received in the library between March 1 and May 15, whether mailed or hand-delivered.
- Emailed forms or images are not accepted. If you are able to submit your proposal electronically (the preferred method), please do so through Submittable.
Proposals for art exhibits in the Georgetown Public Library require the same information whether they are submitted online or on paper:
- Proposed exhibit title
- Description of proposed exhibit concept
- Exhibit locations you would prefer (second floor Bridge Gallery, second floor Hall Gallery, or first floor Cafe Gallery, which includes the wall near the public use computers and two walls by the Red Poppy Coffee Co. counter)
- Up to six images of your work
- The URL to your website (optional)
- A description of your artwork in general
- A little about your art background, with the option to upload or attach a resume
- Your availability to install and remove an exhibit in any given month of the year
Proposals that are not selected may be considered in the case of future cancellations.
Thank you for your interest in exhibiting your work at Georgetown Public Library!
Please contact Dana Hendrix, Fine Arts Librarian, at email@example.com or 512-930-3624 with any questions.
The Georgetown Public Library hosts “Live Music at the Library” at 2 pm the third Sunday of most months of the year; the concerts are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.
The Live Music in the Library series is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library.
Questions? Contact Dana Hendrix, fine arts librarian, by email or by calling 512-930-3624.