Library Art Display Information

Join our series of rotating artworks by local artists! Each artist or arts organization accepted to participate in the program will be invited to hang their artwork in designated areas of the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library for two months, subject to availability. Please read the full guidelines below and fill out the Artist Application if you would like to participate.

Please send completed applications and any questions regarding the program to Adult Services Librarian Jessica Furtado at 978-468-5577 x624 or

Art Display Program Guidelines

The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library provides art exhibit space for local artists to display their works. Exhibit space is available to artists on equal terms regardless of opinion or affiliation; however, art displayed must be suitable for a public library display area open to adults and children of all ages. The Library neither sponsors or endorses the views of any individual using the display space.

General Guidelines

  • Artists must apply to reserve Library display space. Artists who live or work in Hamilton or Wenham will be given first priority.
  • Exhibits are scheduled for two-month blocks – January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, November/December.
  • The artist is responsible for any damage caused to the exhibit space/walls as a result of their display and will be responsible for costs associated for repairs.
  • Art involving noise or music is not permitted.
  • The Library is not responsible for any loss, theft, injury, or damage that may occur while works are on display. Artists must sign a waiver of liability as part of the application process.
  • The Library charges no fee for exhibiting artwork. Library staff will not engage in any sales or facilitate transactions on the artists’ behalf.
  • Artists in violation of the rules for exhibiting art at the Library may be barred from future exhibits or have their exhibit removed at the discretion of Library administration.

Setup Guidelines

  • There are 23 spots available for hanging, at minimum 11 works are needed.
  • All works must be suitably framed and fitted with screw eyes and wire. All exhibits must be hung. No free-standing easels, pedestals, etc. are permitted.
  • No wall hooks shall be moved, removed, or added. Artists shall not adhere anything to the wall.
  • A small, typed, or neatly written card should be adhered to the side or bottom of frames stating title and medium. Copies of a list of works, prices and artists contact information can be left for viewers.
  • Artists are responsible for installing and removing works and may only do so during regular Library hours. Library staff are not available to assist with exhibits. All works must be removed by scheduled removal date and no artwork may be stored at the Library.
  • The artist may not move Library furniture to accommodate artwork.