How can art be used to express the role that books and reading play in our lives?

Books communicate knowledge and wisdom. They help build connections and understanding. Through reading, we visit places we’ve never been, and characters on a page become friends we hate to say goodbye to as we read the last page.

Books allow us to explore new things, new information, and new ideas. They make us think, and they help us to dream.

The Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends are pleased to sponsor IPPL's first art contest.

Contest Details

Participants are asked to create a new, original piece of visual artwork in any medium they choose based on the themes listed above. Work may be figurative or abstract. All participants will have their work displayed on the IPPL website.

Participants must supply a photograph or digital file of their completed work by Monday, July 2 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Physical copies can be dropped off at the Administration office on the second floor of the library or mailed to Indian Prairie Public Library, c/o Theresa Papaurelis, 401 Plainfield Rd., Darien IL 60561.

Participant artwork will be judged by a panel of volunteers in the local art community. 15 finalists will be selected and entered into the contest.

The 15 finalists will be notified in late July and are required to bring their completed work to the library no later than Wednesday, August 1. Finalist artwork will be displayed in our second floor art gallery throughout the month of August, featured on our website, and shared on social media. First, second, and third place winners will be announced during a public reception on Sunday, August 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Prizes for first, second, and third place winners will be $200, $100, and $50, respectively.

Entry Requirements

Ages: 13 and above.

Medium: Any visual medium.

Due Date: Monday, July 2 for photograph or digital file of completed artwork for initial judging.

Required Information: Artist name, phone number, email address; title of work, materials used, dimensions; and artist's statement describing the work in relation to the concept of exploring books through art. You may supply this information on your own or use our prepared PDF.

For Finalists: Chosen finalists are required to provide their original artwork. If a digital medium is chosen, the work must be printed for display. Two-dimensional artwork must be wired (frame or matting optional) and three-dimensional artwork must not exceed 13" in depth or 33" in width.

Contest Rules

Participant work must be original and you must be the creator. Any artwork that depicts copyrighted images will be rejected. For example, no artwork depicting characters from books, movies, television shows, or video games will be accepted.

The artist retains all copyright to their artwork without exception.

By entering this art competition, you are granting the Indian Prairie Public Library District a non-exclusive perpetual license to reproduce images of your artwork on our website and in the marketing of the art contest to the general public. Artwork will not be used for any other purpose than that which is stated here. All winning entries will be displayed on the website. Each entry becomes part of the public, historical/archival online contest catalog. It can be removed at a later date upon request.

Judging Criteria

Participant artwork will be judged by a panel of volunteers involved in the local art community. Artwork will be judged based on the following criteria:

  1. Interpretation of the theme.
  2. Clarity of the theme to the viewer.
  3. Creativity and orginality.
  4. Quality of composition and design.
  5. Overall impression; the effect of the project as a whole, based on initial viewing of the piece. Does it stand on its own as a complete work of art?