Art Exhibits and Displays

The South Carolina State Library makes space available to individuals and organizations for exhibits and displays. Those interested in using exhibit or display space may submit an application form below.

The vision of the South Carolina State Library is to develop, support, and sustain a thriving statewide community of learners committed to making South Carolina stronger. In support of this vision, the First Floor Committee chairperson will oversee exhibit selection and logistics in order to feature library assets and offer cultural programming that enriches the lives of South Carolinians. The South Carolina State Library encourages artists from around the state to participate in this vision by applying for their art to be on exhibit at the library. There is no fee assessed with this process. South Carolina artists working in any media are eligible to apply.

All artwork for exhibits should relate to the Library’s collections and/or themes and/or literary arts. Current library themes features are black history, women’s history, summer and winter reading, science/technology, music, textiles, veterans/military, and nature.

The following themes are intended as guidelines only and are subject to change at the sole discretion of the SC State Library:

  • January | SC Nature
  • February | Black History Month
  • March | Women's History
  • April | National Poetry Month (or) Libraries
  • May | Re-Discover
  • June | Summer Reading
  • July | Summer Reading, cont.
  • August | Science
  • September | Technology/Assistive Technology/Banned Books Display
  • October | Textiles
  • November | Veterans
  • December | Community

South Carolina State Library exhibits do not attempt to compete with or duplicate the efforts of other local library exhibits to include, but not limited to, Richland Library, Thomas Cooper Library, South Caroliniana Library, and the SC Department of Archives and History.

Please Note:

  • Artists may be limited to the number of items to include in collection based on space availability, staff review, and/or exhibits including additional artists.
  • Artists whose exhibitions are accepted will be notified by the EPT chairperson with further instructions, including a date and time to install their artwork in the exhibit space.
  • All artists are required to sign an Art Exhibit Release of Liability Agreement if art is accepted by the South Carolina State Library for display/exhibit.

Please complete the information below, and press “submit” to apply. All fields are required.


Submit Your Application

Examples include digital images of works in a collection, catalogs, articles, and press releases. When uploading a document, put your last name somewhere in the file's name to help differentiate between uploads.