ART150 Call For Art

Help us celebrate our 150th anniversary by creating a piece of artwork that celebrates the Watertown Library. Be as creative as you want; sketch or paint your favorite part of the library, make a historical photo collage, a recycled book sculpture, a poem, an essay, or even a piece of music- anything that celebrates your connection to the library.

All submissions will be displayed at our 150th Anniversary Gala on April 6th, 2019. We believe that the best way to celebrate our 150th anniversary is to celebrate you, the diverse and creative community that has kept the library full of life year after year. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Submission deadline: Saturday, March 30

Please submit your artwork to the Circulation Desk March 1-30. Artwork will be displayed in the library from April 6-30.


Limit one submission per artist.

Artwork will not be listed for sale. Please do not include price tags with your submission.

It is the artist's responsibility to retrieve artwork from WFPL after April 30. Artwork will be held at WFPL until May 8, 2019.

Hanging work should be matted or framed, with a wire across the back to accommodate our hanging system. Glass is not necessary. Loose drawings may be hung using clips. Sculptural or freestanding work will be displayed around the library where possible, at staff discretion.

The ART150 audience is diverse in age, gender, culture, ability, and identity. Please only submit celebratory art work that is intended for a general audience. The library reserves the right to deny submissions that do not fit within the tone and intent of this public art display. 

Collage of pictures of WFPL

Download our ART150 Inspiration Packet 

Click here to download high resolution versions of the above images. Feel free to cut, re-arrange, and use them in your art! (Optional. You are not required to use these images.)

ART150 at Hatch Makerspace

In celebration of the WFPL's 150th birthday, WFPL's Hatch Makerspace is running a workshop series titled "Art150." Each workshop will focus on a different artistic medium and invites you to reflect, create, and connect through a look at WFPL history and visual expression. All workshop participants will have the opportunity to showcase their artwork at the WFPL's 150th celebration gala. (Note: Hatch events take place at 20 Summer Street in Watertown, MA.)

Historic Collage FRIDAY, 1/18 | 5-7 pm This workshop will explore layering materials using historic Watertown images to create unique 2D artwork. Click here to register.

Intro to Sculpture THURSDAY, 2/21 | 7-9 pm Using the number "150" as a starting point, we will consider how artists use parameters to guide their work. Discuss and learn about traditional sculptural techniques and explore different ways to connect physical parts. Click here to register.

Book Bound SATURDAY, 3/9 | 11am-1 pm Watertown artist, Amelia Young, will guide participants in the creation of their own art books. Using coptic stitch bookbinding techniques, we will explore the book art genre through non-traditional materials. Due to the use of hand tools, this workshop is limited to ages 10 and olderClick here to register.