News & Events - Art Displays and Exhibits

Community Partners in Action: Prison Arts Program Exhibit

September 13 – October 25, throughout the library.

Since 1875, Community Partners in Action has provided services that promote accountability, dignity and restoration for people affected by the criminal justice system. The Prison Arts Program works within the CT Department of Correction to provide opportunities for creative expression and positive experiences for inmates and the recently released. Exhibitions such as this one offer the public an opportunity to see examples of inmates’ remarkable creativity and their positively-directed energies.

This exhibition continues a collaboration between the Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Program and Russell Library.


Call to Immigrant ArtistsNew Land New Art

The word 'immigrant' is defined as “a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.”  Unfortunately, owing to recent news stories, this word now carries some negative connotations. This fall, 2018, thanks to a grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Russell Library will host a series of cultural programs highlighting the artistic contributions of immigrants in our community. Visual artists who immigrated to this country either years ago, or more recently, are invited to submit an application to show up to six pieces of their work at the library in the exhibit New Land, New Art.

Exhibit Dates: November 2 – December 28, 2018

Application Date Extended: Monday, September 24, 2018
Receiving artwork: (in person drop off) Monday, October 22 from 10am - 5pm
Opening reception: Friday, November 2


This exhibit is open to all immigrant artists who wish to display samples of their work for the enjoyment and edification of the Russell Library community and visitors.


Work must be suitably framed and wired for hanging. Work on paper must be under glass or Plexiglas. All articles must have labels attached to the back upper left corner with the artist’s name, contact information, media type and date of piece. Sculptures may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
The library retains the right to refuse any work that is not appropriate for viewing by all ages.


Email your application to by Monday, September 17, 2018. Please attach high-resolution (at least 800 x 600 pixels and/or 1 MB) JPG or PNG images of the pieces you would like to exhibit; be sure to provide the title, size and media for each.
Alternative to email: Applications may also be hand-delivered, along with your images on a CD or flashdrive.


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