The Library as Incubator Project is pleased to share this profile of the beautiful ArtWalk, the exhibition space at Connecticut’s Hartford Public Library. – Laura

ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library offers one of the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in greater Hartford and the opportunity for Hartford residents and others to view art in a magnificent setting. Exhibitions on the ArtWalk will offer an array of art experiences that will reflect a variety of media, styles, and cultures in the art world, provide diverse viewing experiences, and allow for many tastes.

The Arakawa hanging system, which provides movable hanging panels, allow maximum flexibility for each show. The stunning state-of-the art gallery was made possible through the generosity of donors to the Library’s recently completed Capital Campaign, especially the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Exhibitions & Art Selection

The ArtWalk presents up to four exhibitions each year. The ArtWalk Committee, comprised of volunteers in the arts or allied professions and Library staff, selects a panel of three (3) jurors, two of whom rotate each year. The panel select artists, dates, and duration of exhibitions with approval from Library Administration.

One of the jurors serves as the curator for each exhibition, and works with the artist on the exhibition’s title, selection of pieces, and text descriptions.

Mission of the ArtWalk

ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library draws from a diverse community of artists to showcase the creative spirit of Metro Hartford in a public space that is welcoming and inclusive.

For ArtWalk’s inaugural exhibition, the selection committee decided to choose an artist who not only had a body of work that reflected an artistic journey but an artist with deep roots in the city and the region.

After considerable deliberation, the committee chose to feature the work of Hartford artist and art educator, Chet Kempczynski in his first retrospective (click here for more information about the inaugural artist exhibition).

For more information about ArtWalk and to explore past and present exhibitions, please visit the ArtWalk website.

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