Open call for 2020 art exhibit proposals

The Georgetown Public Library is now accepting proposals for exhibits to take place in the library’s three exhibit spaces in 2020. Proposals will be accepted March 1-May 15, 2019.

You can submit your proposal in one of two ways: online (this option is easy, and is strongly preferred) or printed. 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, including 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 2020

All proposal applicants will receive notification by email no later than June 1, 2019 of their acceptance status. Proposals that are not selected for 2020 may be considered in the case of cancellations.

If you plan to submit a proposal, please look over these documents:

And then submit your proposal, either online or on paper:

  • Online proposals (strongly preferred): Submit a proposal and easily upload your images on the web using Submittable. You will need to create a free Submittable account in order to submit your proposal online. You can read more about Submittable here, or click the black button below to go to Submittable.submit

  • Mailed or Hand-delivered paper proposals (alternative option): Download and print a proposal form, and then mail or hand-deliver it with up to six printed images. Your printed proposal form and printed images must be received in the library no later than 7:45 p.m. May 15. Proposals cannot be submitted by email, and original artwork will not be accepted. Download the proposal form here in order to mail or hand-deliver it:  Proposal for 2020 Art Exhibit at Georgetown Public Library

If you have any questions at all, please contact Dana Hendrix, Fine Arts Librarian, at dana.hendrix@georgetown.org or 512-930-3624.

Printable Calendar

You can always find up-to-date calendar information for adult programs and exhibits by clicking on Library Events Calendar in our left-hand menu, but if you’d prefer a printed version for the current month’s events, click on the calendar below and it will open in a new window so you can print it.

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.

Georgetown Public Library wins National Medal

Georgetown Public Library Wins National MedalThe 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.”

Georgetown Public Library Wins National MedalSelected 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.

Earth Day Digital Handout library.georgetown.org/handout

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. 

Exhibits

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; details are below under “Exhibiting Your Work in the Library.”

Each year from 2014-2017 the library received the Silver award for “Best Place to View Art” in the Best of Georgetown Awards, and in 2018 we were proud to receive the Gold award for 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.

april 2019

mon04mar(mar 4)9:00 amsat27apr(apr 27)5:00 pmPoppies, Georgetown, Horses & Longhorns: Select Photographs of David Werner(march 4) 9:00 am - (april 27) 5:00 pm

sun14apr(apr 14)9:00 amfri10may(may 10)6:00 pmPam Jernigan: Whimsical Stitches9:00 am - (may 10) 6:00 pm

fri26apr4:00 pmfri6:00 pmArtist Reception for Pam Jernigan4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

may 2019

sun14apr(apr 14)9:00 amfri10may(may 10)6:00 pmPam Jernigan: Whimsical Stitches(april 14) 9:00 am - (may 10) 6:00 pm

sun12may(may 12)9:00 amfri14jun(jun 14)6:00 pmJ. U. Salvant: The World is My Garden9:00 am - (june 14) 6:00 pm

thu16may6:00 pmthu8:00 pmJ. U. Salvant: Artist Reception6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

june 2019

sun12may(may 12)9:00 amfri14jun(jun 14)6:00 pmJ. U. Salvant: The World is My Garden(may 12) 9:00 am - (june 14) 6:00 pm

sun16jun(jun 16)9:00 amfri19jul(jul 19)6:00 pmJan Frazier: The Beauty All Around Us9:00 am - (july 19) 6:00 pm

sun23jun(jun 23)9:00 amfri20sep(sep 20)6:00 pmTexas Society of Sculptors Annual Summer Show9:00 am - (september 20) 6:00 pm

july 2019

sun16jun(jun 16)9:00 amfri19jul(jul 19)6:00 pmJan Frazier: The Beauty All Around Us(june 16) 9:00 am - (july 19) 6:00 pm

sun23jun(jun 23)9:00 amfri20sep(sep 20)6:00 pmTexas Society of Sculptors Annual Summer Show(june 23) 9:00 am - (september 20) 6:00 pm

fri05jul4:00 pmfri6:00 pmJan Frazier: Artist Reception4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

sun21jul(jul 21)9:00 amfri23aug(aug 23)6:00 pmGeorgetown Photographers' Exhibit9:00 am - (august 23) 6:00 pm

august 2019

sun23jun(jun 23)9:00 amfri20sep(sep 20)6:00 pmTexas Society of Sculptors Annual Summer Show(june 23) 9:00 am - (september 20) 6:00 pm

sun21jul(jul 21)9:00 amfri23aug(aug 23)6:00 pmGeorgetown Photographers' Exhibit(july 21) 9:00 am - (august 23) 6:00 pm

mon26aug(aug 26)9:00 ammon23sep(sep 23)6:00 pmPursuing Topics9:00 am - (september 23) 6:00 pm

thu29aug6:00 amthu8:00 pmArtist Reception for Pursuing Topics6:00 am - 8:00 pm

september 2019

sun23jun(jun 23)9:00 amfri20sep(sep 20)6:00 pmTexas Society of Sculptors Annual Summer Show(june 23) 9:00 am - (september 20) 6:00 pm

mon26aug(aug 26)9:00 ammon23sep(sep 23)6:00 pmPursuing Topics(august 26) 9:00 am - (september 23) 6:00 pm

fri27sep(sep 27)9:00 amsat26oct(oct 26)6:00 pmArt Hop9:00 am - (october 26) 6:00 pm

october 2019

fri27sep(sep 27)9:00 amsat26oct(oct 26)6:00 pmArt Hop(september 27) 9:00 am - (october 26) 6:00 pm

tue29oct(oct 29)9:00 amsat07dec(dec 7)6:00 pmGary Nowlin: Texas Landscapes - No Cows, No Bluebonnets9:00 am - (december 7) 6:00 pm

november 2019

tue29oct(oct 29)9:00 amsat07dec(dec 7)6:00 pmGary Nowlin: Texas Landscapes - No Cows, No Bluebonnets(october 29) 9:00 am - (december 7) 6:00 pm

december 2019

tue29oct(oct 29)9:00 amsat07dec(dec 7)6:00 pmGary Nowlin: Texas Landscapes - No Cows, No Bluebonnets(october 29) 9:00 am - (december 7) 6:00 pm

mon09dec(dec 9)9:00 amfri10jan(jan 10)6:00 pmWaterloo Watercolor Group: Tell Me a Story...Art as Narrative9:00 am - (january 10) 6:00 pm

mon09dec(dec 9)9:00 amfri10jan(jan 10)6:00 pmHelena Conti-Hatch: Art With Enthusiasm9:00 am - (january 10) 6:00 pm

january 2020

mon09dec(dec 9)9:00 amfri10jan(jan 10)6:00 pmWaterloo Watercolor Group: Tell Me a Story...Art as Narrative(december 9) 9:00 am - (january 10) 6:00 pm

mon09dec(dec 9)9:00 amfri10jan(jan 10)6:00 pmHelena Conti-Hatch: Art With Enthusiasm(december 9) 9:00 am - (january 10) 6:00 pm

 


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 will be accepted March 1-May 15, 2019 for exhibits in 2020.

If you plan to submit a proposal, please look over these documents:

And then when the call is open, you will be able to submit a proposal in one of two ways: online or by mail.

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, including 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 2020

Calendar Year 2020*
Call for Entries March 1-May 15, 2019
Applicants Notified June 1, 2019
*Proposals that are not selected may be considered in the case of cancellations.

Calendar Year 2021*
Call for Entries March 1-May 15, 2020
Applicants Notified June 1, 2020

Please contact Dana Hendrix, Fine Arts Librarian, at dana.hendrix@georgetown.org or 512-930-3624 with any questions.

Live Music at the Library

Every month, there is a free concert in the library! The Georgetown Public Library hosts “Live Music at the Library” at 2 pm the third Sunday of each month. Check the Library Events Calendar or the listings below for specific dates.

Concerts are held in the library’s first floor lobby area or second floor Hewlett Room, and 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.

april

sun28apr2:00 pmWild Basin Winds (Live Music at the Library)2:00 pm

may

sun19may2:00 pmMinnie and Ella Jordan (Live Music at the Library)2:00 pm

june

sun16jun2:00 pmLaura Pedersen, Soprano, and Rick Rowley, Piano (Live Music at the Library)2:00 pm

july

sun21jul2:00 pmJulie Slim & RendezVous (Live Music at the Library)2:00 pm CST

august

sun18aug2:00 pmHot Pickin 57s (Live Music at the Library)2:00 pm CST

september

sun15sep2:00 pmLive Music at the Library2:00 pm CST

october

sun20oct2:00 pmLive Music at the Library2:00 pm CST

november

sun17nov2:00 pmLive Music at the Library2:00 pm CST

 

Questions? Contact Dana Hendrix, fine arts librarian, by email or by calling 512-930-3624.