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Exhibit Space Policy

The Tinley Park Public Library is proud to offer exhibit spaces—including an art gallery wall, a first floor display case, and a teen art gallery wall—for those with artistic collections. It is our goal to give local residents the opportunity to present their artwork or collections in a public setting, and we encourage all residents ages 12 years or older in Tinley Park, Orland Hills, and surrounding areas to apply.

Available Exhibit Spaces

First Floor Display Case: The display case is located on the first floor of the library in front of the Checkout Desk. Up to twelve exhibition opportunities are offered per year, each spanning one calendar month. The display case is open to the public, and collections can be viewed during normal library hours: Monday–Friday 9 am–9 pm, Saturday 9 am–5 pm, and Sunday noon–5 pm.

First Floor Art Gallery Wall: The gallery space is located on the first floor of the library outside of the first level Meeting Room. Four exhibition opportunities are offered per year, each spanning three calendar months. The gallery space is open to the public, and artwork can be viewed during normal library hours: Monday–Friday 9 am–9 pm, Saturday 9 am–5 pm, and Sunday noon–5 pm.

Teen Art Gallery Wall: The gallery space is located on the second floor. Six exhibition opportunities are offered per year, each spanning six weeks. The gallery space is open to the public, and artwork can be viewed during normal library hours: Monday–Friday 9 am–9 pm, Saturday 9 am–5 pm, and Sunday noon–5 pm.

Submission Requirements

  • All artwork and collections submitted for consideration must be “ready to hang,” or “ready to place”— i.e., matted and framed (if applicable) and identified as appropriate to the pieces. The Art Gallery Wall uses the Walker Display System and all artwork that is displayed must be hung using it. Artwork or collections must be of an appropriate size and quantity to fill the exhibit space.
    • For Teen Art Gallery Wall applicants, frames will be provided.
  • Each exhibit must be accompanied by a sign stating the name of the exhibiting artist(s)/collector(s) (or the group and institution to which they belong) and state that the library does not sponsor or endorse the artwork or collection. In the instance that an Artist/Collector Statement is not provided, the Tinley Park Public Library will provide an identifying sign. Exhibits will be placed and removed through appointment only by the Tinley Park Public Library staff.
  • The Tinley Park Public Library will not facilitate the sale of artwork or collections. Prices may not be affixed to any materials on display. All materials in the library will be given reasonable care and protection within the limits of the general operation of the library, but the Tinley Park Public Library and its Board of Trustees do not assume responsibility for damages or loss suffered on its premises, nor the cost of insurance coverage. Such costs, losses, damages, etc., are understood to be the responsibility of the organization or individual providing the display or exhibit. The library does not carry insurance on any items owned by the exhibitor. Exhibitors are encouraged to insure any valuable displayed materials.
  • The Tinley Park Public Library will not provide storage for the property of organizations or individuals displaying in the library.
  • The materials displayed and the manner in which they are displayed will be regulated to the extent necessary to prevent the items’ physical characteristics from interfering with library staff and patron use of the facilities for study, work, learning and enjoyment. The Tinley Park Public Library welcomes expression of all viewpoints, but does not accept responsibility for ensuring that all points of view are represented in any single display. Artwork and collections may not advertise commercial endeavors, advocate the election of specific candidates or seek to influence the votes of a legislative body or the policy decisions of a governmental body.
  • To ensure equal opportunity for all local artists and collectors, the Tinley Park Public Library reserves the right to limit the number of times an individual exhibitor’s materials are on display in a given year.
  • Furthermore, to prevent injury to Tinley Park Public Library patrons, all artwork and collections must meet existing State and Federal laws on obscenity, libel, defamation of character, or invasion of privacy. In addition, material that threatens violence or intimidation of any individual or group will not be displayed.
  • The Tinley Park Public Library will remove any materials violating these policies from the exhibit space immediately. The Tinley Park Public Library will not be responsible for the storage or condition of any materials removed. All materials for display must be picked up within 30 days of the end of display or materials become the property of the Tinley Park Public Library to be disposed of at the library’s discretion.
  • All exhibitors (or their legal guardians) are required to sign the Exhibit Space Application which releases the library from any responsibility for displayed items.

Submit an application online or visit the Checkout Desk for a paper application.

Board Approved 01/26/22