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Sculpture competition to celebrate Downtown Huntsville Library's 30th anniversary

To celebrate the Downtown Huntsville Library’s 30th birthday we are holding a sculpture competition. We invite artists of all types/media to read over our guidelines and submit ideas from January 1 to February 1, 2017. Despite the way libraries here in Madison County have evolved, now offering computer classes, digital downloads, movies and more, at our core the library began with a love of books. With this in mind, we ask that books be used in the art. HMCPL will provide discarded books to be used within the sculpture. We will award $200 for other sculpture materials to the chosen artist to complete the work no later than April 15, 2017. See below for more details, or you can pick up an information sheet at the Circulation Desk at the Downtown Huntsville Library.

Download the specifications here.

Sculpture Competition

  • We are accepting submission ideas Jan. 1 - Feb. 1, 2017.
  • Final Sculpture must be completed no later than April 15, 2017.

Space specifications

Space is recessed 7”-7.5”



Most materials are welcome, but require pre-approval. All submissions must include books, in some fashion, within or as a part of the artwork.


The library will donate $200 for project materials. The library will also supply discarded books for use in the project.


  • Submissions must be made in writing. Submissions are to be handed to the Circulation Desk staff at the Downtown Huntsville Library.
  • Submissions should include all pertinent information such as artist name and contact information, materials to be used, expected cost of materials, timeline for project completion, number of individuals who will work on the project, and any other information that the library should be aware of. 
  • Sketches, drawings, or photographs of the intended project are preferred.  
  • Evidence of previous completed projects is advantageous for being selected. 

Selection Process

The project committee will select a winner from among the submissions by Feb. 15 and the artist will be notified. Upon selection, the artist will be able to create their new artwork as a semi-permanent display at the Downtown Huntsville Library, to be debuted at this location’s 30th anniversary celebration. A plaque naming the artist will be provided for the artwork. 

Project Ownership

Upon completion, the sculpture/artwork and its entirety becomes the property of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, which may do with it whatever it deems necessary for the library. This includes length of display time and determination of dismantling or removal.