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Special Notice:

The Library experienced extensive damage from a burst water pipe in late December 2022 and many areas of our Downtown Library are closed while undergoing renovation. This closure requires us to extend the Artwalk 2023-24 calendar to the 2024-25 exhibit year. We will also be extending the deadline for submissions.

The Library will keep the ArtWalk submission online portal open until February 28, 2024. If your work is selected by our panel of judges (convening in March 2024) to show on the ArtWalk, your show will be on exhibit for a 6 to 7 week period between September 2024 and June 2025, one year later than originally anticipated.

Thank you for your understanding.

Submissions currently open
Due February 28, 2024
Submit electronically here.

Located on the third floor of the Downtown Library, Hartford Public Library’s ArtWalk gallery offers unique visibility and exposure, adding to the increasing vibrancy of Downtown Hartford. Rising above Main Street, the stunning state-of-the art gallery was made possible through the generosity of donors, especially the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.


The ArtWalk seeks submissions starting September for up to four (4) exhibitions to be mounted the following season, beginning in September 2023. Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply.  


Artists living and/or working in the Greater Hartford area will be given priority. Students, emerging, or established artists are all eligible. Group shows will be considered. Artists must have a body of work sufficient for exhibition on the ArtWalk by the date of the exhibition.


  • A jury will select up to four (4) artists with final approval from the Library team.
  • Criteria for selection include but are not limited to: an artist’s resume or bio and demonstrated ability, an appropriate body of work that is compatible with the ArtWalk space, and the ability to provide sufficient work ready for installation by an agreed-upon date. Installations designed specifically for ArtWalk are encouraged.
  • The jury will also consider the economic and physical feasibility of the proposed exhibition.
  • The jury may also recommend group exhibitions.


  • The selected artist(s) will generally receive a solo exhibition (although the library reserves the right to create exhibitions for multiple artists simultaneously); supporting marketing; an opening night reception; an artist stipend; and, an opportunity to present an artist’s talk, workshop, or content-related programming to the public during the run of the exhibition.


  • Documentation of work: Eight to twelve images of recent and/or current work, or the work specifically being proposed for the ArtWalk exhibition, submitted electronically through our submissions manager. Work should be high-quality jpegs, at least 800x600 pixels but not larger than 1024x768 pixels. Filenames should be formatted: lastname_title.jpg.Up to three minutes of multimedia or time-based work will be viewed by jurors; clearly indicate the segment to be viewed.
  • Image list that corresponds with the submitted portfolio, including title of work, dimensions, medium, and year.
  • Written description of the proposed exhibition, with brief artist's statement.
  • A current resume or bio with contact information including address, phone number, email address, and website.

Please note that due to high volume of submissions, we cannot accept physical portfolios and artist packets. Please submit all work electronically.

If you have questions with regards to submitting the work electronically, please contact Brenda Miller at 860-695-6347 or


Please submit your proposal no later than February 28, 2024.

Artist(s) selected by the jury will be notified by e-mail and mail no later than April 2024.

Good luck!

Click here to submit!