Request for Submittal: Signature Art Piece for St. Charles Public Library

The St. Charles Public Library Foundation is seeking a visual art piece for the St. Charles Public Library. The signature art piece will be permanently displayed above the library’s fireplace in the newly renovated space.

Deadline: July 13

Professional artists are being solicited to submit resumes, references and ideas which are to meet the following criteria:

All professional artists are welcomed to submit their original art. Preference will be given to local artists who reside in the Fox Valley area.

The work is to be displayed above the main fireplace in the newly renovated St. Charles Public Library building. The fireplace wall dimensions are 10’L x 11’H. The mantel is 11.5” deep. The fireplace will be painted a neutral color.

Architects’ rendering

The piece must be original art. It should be a thoughtful work, considerate of its central location in a public library.

Budget up to $10,000, which should include delivery and installation.

Submission Process:

Digital submissions should be sent to for consideration by July 13. Artists may send up to 5 images and should include details of the submission. This should include form, medium, dimensions, etc. If the files are too large for submission, a physical portfolio can be mailed into the Library Attn: Edith G. Craig (305 S. Ninth Street, St. Charles, IL 60174).

Artwork Restrictions:

Because of the constraints of the space, submissions must meet the following restrictions:

The original work, whatever its dimensionality, should not project more than 4 – 5 inches from the wall, and should consider the load-bearing capacity of a standard stud and wallboard wall.

Selection Process & Notification:

All submitted works will be considered by a jury made up of committee members. All artists who submit work for consideration will be notified of the jury decision by July 24, 2020.

Questions? Please contact Edith G. Craig, Library Director at 630-584-0076 or email