Ives Wants Your Art!


The New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) has room in its main exhibition space once more — and is searching for multimedia artists, community organizers, and activists who reflect New Haven in their work. 

That's the latest news from the NHFPL's main Ives branch, where the Ives Gallery started three years ago. Tuesday morning, library staff announced that they will be extending the deadline for artist proposals to this Friday. The extended deadline is intended to bring in more artists from the community. 

The gallery was first born in mid-2015, following renovations on the lower branch of the library. As it reopened, staff sought to establish a space that stimulated greater community engagement, adding to an upstairs kids' zone and basement community room.

In the years since, it has featured work from professional artists, school and community groups, New Haven Public School students, and others. Recent exhibitions include the Adae Fine Art Academy's summer student show and artist JoAnn WilcoxDo Not Engage. Only Connect.  

"The Ives Gallery is proud to exhibit work that reflects and celebrates the rich diversity of New Haven’s cultural community," said Ashley Sklar, community engagement and communications manager at the library.  

Sklar added that the open call accepts proposals from individuals, pairs or groups of artists, independent curators, nonprofit organizations, public or private K-12 schools, colleges, universities, students, and teachers. The call closes this Friday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. To apply, click here