The Bangor Public Library is putting out the call for works of art inspired by Maine's bicentennial for next year.

Visual artists are invited to submit a work to two juried exhibits for the Bangor Public Library’s galleries during 2020 with prizes being awarded for first, second, and third place prizes.  Also included is a student bookmark contest.

Here are the contests and exhibits for the Bangor Public Library in 2020.


Bangor 2020: Maine's Bicentennial- past, present furture
Submission Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020

Artists are invited to create a bookmark design based on the theme “Bangor 2020: Maine’s Bicentennial—past, present, future.”  This a revival of a project called the Bangor Bookmark Series that was a fundraiser for a local health organization.

The top ten entries will be printed as bookmarks and used throughout 2020 at Bangor Public Library as a way to celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial.


Celebrating the Centennial of Women's Right to Vote in the United States
Submission Deadline: Thursday, August 27,2020

Artists are invited to submit work that honors the Centennial of Women's Right to Vote in the United States.  This will be a juried exhibit to be held from September 2020 to January 2021.


Bookmark contest for area students
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Also included in the centennial events of the Bangor Public Library will be a bookmark contest for Bangor area students. Artwork should be school appropriate and reflect the importance of voting rights and participation. Local schools will receive entry forms and forms will be available at the Bangor Public Library for homeschooled or alternative school students. Bookmarks will be displayed from June through August 2020.


For exhibit and submission guidelines for all contest/exhibits as well as the application, please go the Bangor Public Library website’s exhibit page, or visit the reference desk to pick up a copy.

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