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Activating Library Spaces

Apply to exhibit or perform your art in the library

Exhibitors and Performers may submit proposals anytime during the year. To maintain a consistent calendar, applicants should submit proposals well in advance of the desired exhibition/performance date. Exhibitors are strongly encouraged to submit one semester before their proposed opening date. Installations requiring less time to prepare are possible, but depending on the size and nature of the exhibit, the Activating Spaces Team may determine that a shorter time frame is not feasible. If you are unsure of how much time your project will take, we encourage you to reach out to us as early as possible.

* Faculty wishing to incorporate an exhibition in the library as part of a course's curriculum must contact the Activating Spaces Team before the start of the semester.

1. The Policy

  • Start by reviewing the Library's Exhibition and Performance Policy (located in the left-hand column) to learn about how proposals are selected and the stipulations that exhibitions and performances must observe.

2. The Proposal

If you do not have a Wesleyan account, please contact the Activating Spaces Team for the appropriate forms.

3. The Selection

  • The Activating Spaces Team is comprised of faculty and staff from across campus with expertise in art history, sound engineering, exhibition and performance design, analog and digital collections curation, as well as the university's institutional history. 
  • Once a proposal is submitted, the Activating Spaces Team may contact the applicant with questions or clarifications.
  • Applicants will be notified of a decision through written communication (email) from the Activating Spaces Team. 
  • If the proposal is accepted, applicants and the Activating Spaces Team will meet and plan deadlines and details of the exhibition or performance. Exhibitors must also complete the Agreement Form attached below.

Exhibition Agreement Form

Prior to installation, all exhibitors must complete and submit the following document to the Activating Spaces TeamThe Library reserves the right to alter, change the date, or cancel any exhibition if the Exhibitor Agreement is not adhered to.