Update on Staff Exhibit – submission date extended

During our COVID-19 Safe at Home time, our exhibit team met and thought we should add a “COVID” twist to this exhibit. We thought some of you were getting really creative during this time. We have learned that the “COVID” twist became a block for some of us. Staff thought the work submitted had to be COVID related. So I am going to try to clarify what we are looking for and hope this will inspire more of you to participate in this upcoming staff exhibit. The COVID and Black Lives Matter material we have received will go into a separate exhibit tentatively titled “In this together,” which is building off the material Donna Rae has been collecting from the community.

Let’s try this again!
We want your artwork! We want you to be part of our exhibit “The Humans of the Library” featuring you, our amazing TSCPL staff!

“The Humans of the Library” is an exhibit showcasing the uniquely talented people who work at the library and to help celebrate the 150th birthday of the library. From paintings to sculptures, from book arts to prints, from embroidery to fiber works and everything in between we are offering you a chance to submit your art/participate in this exhibit.

But that’s not all, we also want to honor the strong literary, musical and theatrical arts staff create outside of work. Are you a poet, a playwright, an actor, a dancer, a musician, a composer or song writer? We want to display your pieces too.

Be a part of the 150th birthday and show our visitors your talent.

Size Restrictions: 

  • 2-D work needs to be framed, no saw tooth hangers accepted and no larger than 96″ x 96″
  • 3-D work needs to be no more than 50 lbs and have a footprint no larger than 34″ x 34″
  • Theatrical, dance or musical performance needs to be submitted digitally and be no more than 5 minutes in length.
    • We will work with staff to have a live performance of their work if they choose
  • Literary works need to be no longer than 200 words.
    • If the piece is longer, an adaptation needs to be submitted for display purposes

Submission Date: 

  • Sunday, August 30, 2020

Staff Art Submission

Submit art to be included in the 2020 Exhibit Humans of the Library.
  • Please describe your artwork.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, jpeg, mp4, wav, Max. file size: 512 MB.
    Accepted file types: PDF, JPG, MP4, WAV
    Recommended image size 1500 px on long side.
    Videos should be no longer than five minutes.

Objects Delivered to the Gallery:

  • September 21 – 26, 2020

Exhibit Dates:

  • October 9 – November 29, 2020 (with COVID-19 the dates could be subject to change)

Conditions of Acceptance

  • Accepted works may not be removed from the exhibition before November 30, 2020.
  • The Sabatini Gallery reserves the right to photograph and reproduce any submitted work for publicity or educational purposes. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will retain submitted images of accepted entries as part of its permanent records.


  • The Sabatini Gallery encourages potential buyers to contact the artist directly. Neither the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery nor the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library receive any commission on sales.

Return of Work

  • Work must be picked up from December 1 – 6, 2020.  The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will not insure nor be responsible for any works left after December 7, 2020.


  • All accepted entries are covered by the Sabatini Gallery’s insurance while on site from September 21 – December 7, 2020. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will not insure nor be responsible for any works left after December 7, 2020.

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