Teen Art Expo

Teen Art Expo

2018 Teen Art Exposition: HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE

  See Acceptable Hanging Methods
Every April, the Livermore Public Library hosts the Teen Art Exposition, showcasing the talent of Livermore’s teen artists. This is a judged competition, with local artists and public figures featured on the judging panel. The theme for 2018 is: HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE

Important Dates:
   • Accepting art entries from: Monday, 2/26/18, 10:00 am
   • Final day to submit art: Saturday, 3/17/18, 4:00 pm
   • Art on display: Monday, 4/2/18 – Monday, 4/30/18
   • Reception: Wednesday, 4/18/18, 7:00 pm
   • Artwork pickup begins: Tuesday, 5/1/18
   • Artwork pickup ends: Thursday, 5/31/18

Official Rules:

  • The library accepts artwork submissions near the end of February typically through mid-March. 
  • The artwork is displayed, as space allows, in the Art Gallery at the Civic Center Library during the month of April.
  • Students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to submit a piece of artwork for the exhibition.
  • Artists may enter one piece of artwork as either an individual or a team. However, team members may not also enter as individuals.
  • Artwork is limited to 2D pieces and must be framed and/or matted with a suitable hanging system. Artwork with inadequate hanging systems will not be accepted. (Please see below for details).
  • In order to ensure that the maximum number of submissions can be displayed, the following size restrictions are in place:
    • Submitted artwork can be no larger than 18” x 24” (mat and/or frame included).
    • Submitted artwork will be no smaller than 4” x 6” (mat and/or frame included).
  • Artwork must be entered into one of the following categories:
    • Drawing (pen and ink, pencil, or pastels)
    • Painting (acrylic or watercolor)
    • Photography (digital or traditional)
    • Mixed Media (any combination of techniques)
  • Award ribbons will be awarded for both middle school and high school age groups. There will be a first, second, and third place award for each category in both age groups. There will also be a Best in Show for both age groups.
  • Judges will be looking for the following qualities when evaluating the artwork:
    • Visual impact
    • Creativity
    • Adherence to theme
    • Composition
  • Ribbon winners are revealed near the third week in April and the Art Reception takes place in the Civic Center Library Art Gallery.
  • At the Art Reception there will be a drawing for gift card prizes. All artists who attend the reception will be entered into the drawing. Winners will be randomly selected. The artist must be present to win.
  • After the exposition, the artwork may be picked up in May. The library keeps artwork no later than Thursday, May 31, 2018.
  • In order for us to release the artwork, the person who picks up the artwork must have one of the following:
    • The original receipt from when the artwork was turned in
    • The artist’s library card
    • The artist’s photo identification (school ID card, driver’s license, passport, etc.)

Acceptable Hanging Methods:
Artwork submissions must be equipped with a suitable hanging system. Artwork without a suitable hanging system will not be accepted. In the past, submissions with inadequate hanging systems have fallen off the gallery walls. The library has instituted these rules in order to protect artists’ submissions from damage and to ensure that they hang properly in the gallery. 
A wire hanging system, like the one above, is strongly preferred for framed artwork. Hooks are firmly mounted to the frames, with wire looped between the hooks. This type of mounting allows greater flexibility when the artwork is displayed in the gallery, and allows us to adjust the artwork so that it hangs level on the wall. 
Please see the following video for instructions on how to install a wire hanging system on a frame:

Sawtooth hangers and d-rings are also acceptable hanging systems, with reservations. Some frames can be purchased with these devices already attached. However, some sawtooth hangers or d-rings may not have openings large enough to fit on the hooks used in the library’s art gallery. A spare hook will be kept at the information desk during the submission period if you wish to test your hanging system before submitting your artwork.

Artwork will be hung from a single hook on the gallery walls. If the artist is using a sawtooth or d-ring hanger, these hanging mechanisms must be on the back, centered, and at the top of the frame. 

Adhesive hangers, like the ones pictured above, are only acceptable for matted artwork. In our experience, these adhesive hangers are not strong enough to support framed artwork. If using an adhesive hanger, please limit the total size of your artwork to no larger than 11” x 14” (mat included).