Press ReleaseLibrary Art Advisory Committee Seeks New Members

The Library's Art Advisory Committee needs new members to advise Library staff. We’re looking for candidates who are involved and interested in the arts community in some way — artists, framers, instructors, students, gallery employees, collectors and serious enthusiasts — to join the Committee. The Art Advisory Committee has six members, and terms run for three years (this term would end in April 2023). Candidates must reside in Iowa City or rural Johnson County and are appointed to the Committee by the Library Board. Library employees are not eligible for appointment.

One of the primary responsibilities is judging artwork submitted to the annual Art Purchase Prize contest, with the winning works being purchased by the Library and added to our Art To Go collection of framed posters and original works that patrons can check out. Other tasks include reviewing and deciding upon any gifted works for Art To Go, as well as any proposals for art to be added to the Library’s permanent collection.

If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, fill out an application and return it, in person or via email, to Candice Smith ( If you have questions about the Art Advisory Committee, feel free to contact Candice by email or phone (319-887-6031). In the meantime, stop by the Library and take a look at the Art To Go collection, and check out a couple pieces of art!