Display at the Library

The second floor gallery at the library offers a venue for local artists to exhibit and sell their work.

Art Exhibit Procedures

The Haverhill Public Library makes available exhibit space for local artists as an extension of its mission “to serve the cultural, social, and community needs of a diverse population…” To apply for exhibit space, artists must complete and return a Request To Exhibit form and an Art Exhibit Procedures form.

At present, the exhibit area consists of 113 linear feet of wall space on the second floor of the library. The following procedures are designed to facilitate the arrangements for art exhibits.

  1. Artists should contact the director’s office to coordinate set up, removal, and publicity (373-1586, Ext. 617).  The office will coordinate these functions with building maintenance.
  2. Exhibits may be scheduled from 4-8 weeks.
  3. Library will supply “S” hooks and chains for hanging artwork. The artist will supply ladder, hooks and hangers.
  4. Artists will supply the hanging material (wire, nylon, etc.).  Under no circumstances should any material be adhered to the walls.  If there is any damage done to the wall by the artist, the library will bill the artist for any expenses incurred to repair the wall.
  5. Artists are responsible for providing information for exhibit announcements, fliers, press releases, price lists, etc. to the director’s office, as well as replenishing business cards and other information.
  6. Artists may make arrangements with the director’s office for a reception.  Beverages must be non-alcoholic, clear liquid and non-staining.  Food consumption is restricted to the gallery area.
  7. Artists are required to sign a waiver of liability for lost or damaged artwork.

Currently On Display

The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans, Mark Chester

From Mark Chester’s project statement:
In youth my penchant to discover places and people began, National Geographic, my guide; for forty years with wanderlust and curiosity I covered the continents photographing cultural landscapes. I’ve come full circle—traveling the world not leaving the state. The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape supporting MIRA(Massachusetts Immigrant Refugee Advocacy Coalition) is a collection of informal, environmental portraits of ethnic diversity in Massachusetts. 400-plus photographs that represent over 190 countries are touring the state; a companion book for donation to schools and libraries will bring awareness to our cultural diversity: subjects of various stations, foreign-born, naturalized U.S. citizens residing in theCommonwealth. Prompted by the 2010 Census, the seed was planted earlier on assignment at Ellis Island for a 1978 essay by role model Charles Kuralt. Unlike my candid street photography, this is a straightforward approach: individuals looking into
the camera, telling stories through expression, place and pose.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

A selection of his collection will be on display through May in the 2nd floor gallery.