By Kathy L. Collins

This year marks the 500th year since Ponce de Leon arrived in Florida. The state, including the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries, is celebrating this anniversary.

“In celebration of Viva Florida 500, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries invites Florida artists to apply to have their artwork displayed in a library community room for on-going exhibits,” said Stacey Jurewicz with Library Services. Jurewicz added, “Works with local flavor and those of general appeal are considered good candidates for review.”

Interested artists should submit an application by Sunday, March 31 to Stacey Jurewicz at the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL 33602. You may also make your submission via email to

The submission must include a cover letter including biographical information, a list of recent exhibits and shows and other interesting information about the artist and their artwork. Artists must also submit at least three examples, but not more than five examples, of the kind and style of artwork that will be exhibited. Artist must further submit digital images of the artwork on CD.

The artwork will be reviewed by individual library art committees. An artist may request that his or her artwork be shown and exhibited in a specific library or area. Within the greater Brandon area, the Brandon Library located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. and the Bruton Memorial Library located at 302 W. McLendon St. in Plant City will be accepting some of the submissions.

Artwork which is accepted will be displayed for a two-month period with no fee to the artist. The artwork much be ready to be hung on designated wall space at a mutually agreed upon time and place.

There will be an artist’s reception for each exhibit. This is an opportunity for artists and members of the community to mingle and interact.

For more information, please contact Stacey Jurewicz at 273-3652.


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