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Art Display Policy

The Morristown Centennial Library offers space for the exhibition of artwork, crafts and collections of unique, interesting or historically significant items. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Library encourages exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, etc., for civic, cultural, educational and recreational purposes. Exhibit space is made available on an equitable basis to individuals or groups with respect to artworks that best meet the standards for acceptance. Local and regional residents and organizations are invited to apply. Preference is given to artists from Morristown.

Library use of display areas takes precedence over any other use and the Library reserves the right, without notice, to cancel the use of the display area for exhibits if the Director determines that the display space is needed for Library purposes.

The Library Director, as designee of the Board of Trustees, has authority for approving the use of exhibit space. Requests for exhibit space must be made in writing to the Library Director, addressing the criteria below. Exhibits are scheduled for not more than four weeks.


Acceptability of an exhibit is at the discretion of the Library Director whose decisions may be appealed to the Library Board of Trustees. In exercising such discretion, the Library Director will consider: artistic merit, degree of general public interest in the subject matter and medium/media of an exhibit, importance of the exhibit as a record or reflection of the times or of the community, and degree to which the exhibit will be responsive to and consistent with the Library’s Mission Statement and Policies

Exhibits should reflect the library’s role as an educational and cultural institution presenting a balanced program of exhibits in all suitable media. Artists must submit slides, photographs, color copies or prints of actual works for review. Items of high value or extreme delicacy are generally not selected.

The Library recognizes that the contents of an exhibit may offend some library users. A request or reconsideration of any given item in an exhibit will be referred to the Library Director. If the complainant is not satisfied with the Director's explanation, he/she must make a written request using the “Statement of Concern about Library Resources” form, stating in detail the basis for his/her objection to inclusion of the item in the exhibit .


Insurance: The Library is not responsible for the theft or damage to items on exhibit, nor does it provide insurance to protect them. Insurance is the sole responsibility of the exhibitor.

Arrangement: The Library reserves the right to determine how all exhibits are arranged.

Publicity: Any publicity, signage or written material accompanying an exhibit must be approved by the Library Director. The Library may accompany exhibits with brochures, bookmarks, or other items related to the exhibit’s theme.

Sales: Subject to the prior permission of the Library Director, and provided the artist has agreed beforehand upon a specified percentage of all proceeds to be donated to the Library, works of art may be offered for sale, with prices established by the artist. The artist is responsible for conducting the sale of any work with the purchaser, not through the library staff. This is an exception to the Meeting Room Use Policy’s prohibition of sales events. Works that are not available for purchase must be clearly designated “NFS” (Not For Sale). Works sold must remain on exhibit throughout the designated period.

Policy approved 7/8/10