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The Hosmer Art Gallery is designed to provide opportunities for local artists to show their work to the public. Exhibits include a wide range of media and content reflecting the diversity of the greater Northampton community. The gallery is curated and scheduled by the Head of the Arts & Music Department, who may invite library and/or community partners to participate in a curatorial team each year.

Art exhibits featuring the work of local artists have been part of Forbes Library’s cultural mission for over 100 years. The Hosmer Gallery has versatile display panels, cases and pedestals to accommodate a variety of two- and three-dimensional art formats.


Applications for 2024 exhibits closed on September 8, 2023.

Selection and Scheduling

Artists’ portfolios/exhibit proposals are reviewed on an annual basis. The application period and deadline are announced each year in local media, online event calendars, on the library website and email list. Criteria for review include technical and artistic quality, a coherent theme, and contribution to an interesting and varied program for the year.


We offer an inclusive space that builds community and belonging. Artists living and working in western Massachusetts (Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire counties) are eligible to apply. First-time exhibitors, individuals and groups are welcome. We value diversity and inclusivity in our gallery exhibitions.

Facts and policies in brief

  • Exhibits run for one month.
  • Groups of four or more artists may use the entire space; individual artists generally use one-quarter to one-half the space, with two to four exhibits shown simultaneously.
  • The total wall space is 160 linear feet (usually 40′-80′ for each artist). The floor space is approximately 900 square feet. View floor plan
  • The library can provide up to 7 sculpture pedestals and 5 glass display cases in various sizes.
  • Artists are responsible for hanging and taking down their exhibits.
  • There is no charge for the use of the space. If works are sold, the library expects a donation of 15% of the proceeds.
  • The Library sends out press releases to local media. The artist must provide a brief statement and publicity photos for this purpose.
  • Artists may send announcements/invitations, and/or provide for an opening reception at their own expense.
  • The Library has limited insurance covering work on display. The Library is not responsible for any losses not covered by insurance.
  • More information about the gallery, current exhibit, and schedule, is on the Hosmer Gallery website.

Approved by Board of Trustees, Sept 20, 2007

Please also consider these other local art exhibit spaces


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For further information, phone 587-1013 or email us