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We’re excited to announce the December 5th opening of UPcycled Sampler, an exhibit by Anita Gangi Balkun, at our Downtown ArtWalk gallery! The exhibit includes a large hanging installation piece designed specifically for the ArtWalk, and will be on display during regular Library hours through January 9, 2015.

A celebratory reception with the artist will take place on the night of December 5th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Visitors to the 25th Annual Open Studio Hartford Weekend will be able to view a sneak peek of the exhibit on Saturday and Sunday November 15 and 16 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., and have the opportunity to take part in the completion of the installation.

“My work reuses stuff headed for the recycle bin or trash and transforms it into unexpected forms,” Balkun explains. UPcycled Sampler contains materials such as packing peanuts, construction fencing, and newspaper. The artist says she “often search[es] for content within the history of the object – its use or its journey – and use[es] that information as a springboard to the form.”

Anita Gangi Balkun

Anita Gangi Balkun

A resident of West Hartford, Balkun received her M.F.A. from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford and a B.A. from Central Connecticut State University. She has been featured in various exhibits throughout Connecticut and is the recipient of several awards, most recently earning 2nd Place in the West Hartford Art League’s 2014 CT+6 Regional Juried Exhibit.

The ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library is located at 500 Main Street, Hartford. For more information, please visit

We are so excited to be working with Hartford Stage for our upcoming ArtWalk exhibit; Stagecraft: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage. The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, September 6 at 6 p.m. at the Downtown Library (500 Main Street).  Event is free and open to the public.  The exhibit will run through Friday, September 27 and is available for viewing during the hours the Library is open. RSVP on Facebook!

Michael Stotts, Managing Director at Hartford Stage, said, “Hartford Stage designs, and the execution of those designs, have been highlighted and featured in national trade publications for decades.  We have 50 years of history that have been in storage, that we are now bringing out to show to the world.  It is especially important that our local audiences and constituencies know and recognize the unique contributions Hartford Stage has made to the American Theatre.”


Jessica Palmer, the project curator from Hartford Stage is thrilled to be able to showcase some of Hartford Stage’s history from the last 50 years in one place. She had this to say of the project:

Hartford Stage has been creating new worlds in more than 350 productions over fifty years. Every production is, by its very nature, ephemeral. It starts with a blank stage. By the time the show opens, live actors perform in a world that was entirely designed around them. When the show closes, that world ceases to exist, but sometimes, remnants of the physical world remain. Stagecraft: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage celebrates that physical world created by the costumes, scenery, props, and lighting by gathering these artifacts of storytelling together.

Our community has enjoyed the performances created by world-class artists and artisans right here in Hartford, but rarely does it have the opportunity to see up close the innovation and craftsmanship that went into each piece. Come and see the rich details, the behind-the-scenes stories, and the special effects that bring plays to life.

We hope to see you on September 6th for the opening, or sometime during the month of September before the exhibit closes on the 27th. 

ArtWalk at HPL offers one of the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in Hartford, and we’re looking for artists to showcase in the 2014 ArtWalk series! Situated on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library in a space that looks down onto historic Main Street, the gallery offers unique visibility and exposure, adding to the increasing vibrancy of Downtown Hartford. The ArtWalk hanging system’s movable panels allow maximum flexibility for each show.

The stunning state-of-the-art gallery was made possible through the generosity of donors, especially the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Seeking Submissions:

The ArtWalk puts on four exhibitions each year. Artists are invited to submit a body of work to be considered for the following year’s exhibitions between August 1st and October 1st. From these submissions, the four shows for the following calendar year are chosen.


ArtWalk - JoeSam, June 2013

Artists living and/or working in the MetroHartford area will be given priority. Students, emerging, or established artists are all eligible. Artists must have a body of work sufficient for exhibition on the ArtWalk by the date of the exhibition.


A jury will select up to four artists with final approval from the Library. Criteria for selection include but are not limited to; 1) an artist’s resume or vitae and demonstrated ability, 2) an appropriate body of work that is compatible with the ArtWalk space, and 3) the ability to provide sufficient work ready for installation by an agreed-upon date.

Installations designed specifically for ArtWalk are encouraged. The jury will also consider the economic and physical feasibility of the proposed exhibitions. The jury may also recommend group exhibitions.

Selected Artists:

The selected artist(s) will generally receive a solo exhibitions (although the Library reserves the right to create exhibitions for multiple artists simultaneously), supporting marketing, an opening night reception, and an opportunity to present an artist talk to the public during the exhibition.


ArtWalk - Frans Lanting, April 2013

1) Documentation of Work – Up to six images of recent, current work or the work specifically being proposed for the exhibition on the ArtWalk on a clearly labeled CD-ROM/USB drive – jpegs only. (Physical work – slides, photographs, will not be considered. All work must be submitted digitally)

2) Include title, dimensions and medium for each image submitted

3) Up to three minutes of new media work will be viewed by jurors (clearly mark and cue the segment to be viewed)

4) A current resume with contact information including address, phone number and e-mail

5) A brief artist’s statement

6) Description and scope of proposed exhibition

If you would like your submission returned to you, please include with your application a self-addressed stamped envelope sufficient to return material. Otherwise material will not be returned.


Materials must be postmarked no later than October 1st.

Send to:
Andrea Figueroa
Executive Assistant
Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Artist(s) selected by the jury will be notified by phone and email no later than October 31st.

Good luck!


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