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Marshall University Library Exhibition 2023

2023 Drinko Library Art Show

Mission Statement

Hardships due to numerous and evolving tragedies such as global pandemic, financial insecurity, and the climate crisis can threaten to overwhelm our mental health and sense of hope for the future. Creative expression is an outlet that can encourage, reveal, and buoy optimism for the future. The goal of this exhibition is to highlight creative works that reveal, illuminate, and engage audiences to a sense of happiness and hope. In Optimism in Appalachia: Reclaiming Hope through Artwork, Crafts, and Poetry, we encourage artists, writers, and crafters to display their work that highlight hope, joy, and anticipation for a better future. We encourage our students, faculty, staff and community members to display work that will encourage a creative and hopeful spirit on  campus and throughout Appalachia. 

Eligibility: Open to all community artists.

Entry Requirements

All work must be fully assembled, completelydry, and ready to display in a highly trafficked public setting.

-Frames are required for 2D work, including poetry and other short works of literature must have hanging wire on the back.

-3D work must be no larger than 45 inches high by 26 inches wide, by 7 inches deep, and also weigh 5lbs or less to fit within locked display cases.

-Framed work and wall-hanging, three-dimensional pieces must be wired securely. All other three-dimensional works must be self-supporting.  

-If your artwork does not meet these requirements, please email Sabrina at to see what we can arrange.

Important Dates

Show dates: January 9 - May 5, 2023
–Drop off entries to library: December 8 & 9, 2022 | 8:30am - 5pm

–Jurors select artworks: December 12, 2022

–Email notification of accepted/not accepted works: December 13, 2022

–Pickup artwork not selected: December 14 & 15, 2022 | 8:30am - 5pm

–Install dates: December 16, 2022

–Opening reception: February 2, 2023 | 4pm

–Pickup artwork at the end of exhibit: May 18 - 12, 2023 | 9am - 5pm