Artists invited to apply for 2023 art exhibitions and activist artist-in-residence program

The Boulder Public Library and Boulder Parks and Recreation Department invite artists to apply for the 2023 Open Call for Exhibitions, which includes a climate-related Activist Artist-in-Residence opportunity at the library.

The application period is from August 1 – 31. Proposals should focus on topics connected to the local community. Participatory art is highly encouraged for exhibitions at the Main Boulder Public Library. Shows typically last two months at libraries and one month at recreation centers. Honorariums may be available for library exhibitions.

A total of nine spaces are available at the following four locations: Main Boulder Public Library, which includes Canyon Gallery, Boulder Public Library’s Meadows Branch, North Boulder Recreation Center and East Boulder Community Center. Artists should review location maps and amenities and select their preferred space(s) in their application.

Library also seeks an Artist Activist-in-Residence

Libraries are centers where people, ideas and knowledge come together in ways that spark action. Creative partners interested in innovating art activism at the library are encouraged to apply. Applicants should:

  • Be local to the Front Range

  • Work in the field of climate change, with a preferred focus on climate justice

  • Focus their proposal on climate change/justice to create a climate-related exhibition at the Canyon Gallery

  • Refer to the City of Boulder’s Climate Commitment and Racial Equity Plan goals in their proposal

How to apply

Location-specific guidelines, exhibition maps and the joint application for the open call and residence opportunity are available on the library’s open call webpage. Proposals will be evaluated on creativity, feasibility and community connection. For more information, please review the detailed guidelines online.

The application opens on Monday, August 1 and closes on Wednesday, August 31 at 11:59 p.m. MST.