YDL-Superior Permanent Art Collection Call for Artists 2024- Ypsilanti, Michigan

  • Commissioning Entity

    Ypsilanti District Library

  • Application Open Date


  • Application Deadline Date


  • Minimum Budget


  • Maximum Budget


  • Location of Commission

    Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

  • Commission Portal

    View Link

  • Geographic Eligibilty


  • Contact Name

    Lisa Hoenig

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

  • Contact Phone

  • Commission Document

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  • Brief Description

    YDL has long held the belief that in addition to enhancing our public spaces, art can be a teacher, a mirror, and an inspiration. Now that our new Superior branch library is complete, we seek vibrant art that fits the space, depicts our community and its culture, and tells its stories. All are welcome, but BIPOC artists are especially encouraged to apply.

    The current selection cycle will result in the purchase of at least three pieces for the permanent collection at YDL-Superior. There will be an additional selection cycle in 2025.

    Artists can submit a finished piece for consideration. Community members may also nominate artists. Community-nominated artists will be contacted by a committee member with an invitation to submit their work.


    Application open May 20-September 6, 2024
    Notification of selected submissions no later than October 25, 2024
    Delivery no later than November 22, 2024. Payment will be made at the time of delivery.


    The Library has the discretion to spend up to $6,000 (total) in the current selection cycle.

    Selection criteria

    YDL will prioritize art submissions that meet the following criteria:

    Vibrant pieces with bright colors and energetic story telling. Preference for art focused on learning, discovery and nature.
    Invites community conversation and commentary with content appropriate for all ages. The Library will hold art workshops and an opening reception inviting our community to learn more about selected art pieces.
    A focus on cultural storytelling, showcasing diverse lives through the lens of artists that represent our community’s local cultures and groups
    Works must be presentation-ready and structurally sound.

    Selection process

    A selection committee of 10 people, including representatives from YDL’s staff, Board of Trustees, and the Ypsilanti community, will review submissions. The Library may contact artists with additional questions. Artists not selected in this cycle may be considered in a future cycle.

    Please see commission portal link for full project info and application instructions