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Exhibit Proposals and Planning

Gordon Library, WPI, has two exhibit galleries. The Class of ’41 Gallery, on the third floor, hosts 4 or 5 exhibitions per year, usually coinciding with WPI’s seven week terms.  This gallery showcases  the  work of local artists and national traveling exhibitions. The Gladwin Gallery, located on the ground floor, adjacent to the WPI Archives and Special Collections, focuses on WPI history, items from our Special Collections, and artistic or scientific work by WPI students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  The Gladwin Gallery hosts 3 or 4 exhibitions per year. Another exhibit area in the library where the library showcases the work of WPI students, faculty, staff and alumni, is the Class of 1970 Café on the main entrance level.  A small number of pieces (4 or somewhat more depending on size) can be displayed within this space.

Inquiries & proposals about exhibiting work in any library gallery can be directed to members of the Library Exhibits Committee at

 To be considered for an exhibition in the Gordon Library Class of ’41,Gladwin Gallery, or the Class of 1970 Café, the exhibitor must meet the following criteria:

A proposal with description of the exhibition, including approximate size and number of pieces, artist's statement and sample images in digital format (jpg or pdf) must be submitted to Kathy Markees, chair of Gordon Library's Exhibits Committee at

  • Gordon Library Exhibits Committee will select which work will be exhibited.
  • All work should be presented in a suitable manner to be hung using our gallery hanging system, preferably framed, with hanging wire on the back.
  • Gordon Library staff cannot assist the artist in selecting work, printing, or framing. Hanging of the exhibit is to be done by the artist with advice by the library representative on use of the hanging system. The library will create labels and title posters.
  • The artist must have sufficient work to fill the space, but if there are too many pieces a representative of the Gordon Library Exhibits Committee may work with the artist to select some pieces to be excluded.
  • A reception and gallery talk may be held at a mutually agreed upon time. The artist may supply refreshments, with the library contributing drinks or some food. Special arrangements must be made for alcohol to be served through WPI's Food Service Department and food must be purchased through them as well.
  • Publicity: the library will post news of the exhibition with one image on SocialWeb ( which includes posting within local newspapers. The artist may create and distribute her own publicity materials. The library will have printed 200 4x6 postcards announcing the exhibition reception. Information for publicity must be received by the library 3 weeks before hanging of the show.
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