Rotating art exhibit planned for renovated city hall

Staff Reports

Calling all artists.

In an effort to encourage community pride and support the arts, Seymour City Hall is seeking artwork to display in a rotating exhibit in the newly renovated city hall building at 301-309 N. Chestnut St.

Entries can include photography, drawings, paintings, sculpture and mixed media. Submissions, excluding sculptures, must be framed and ready to hang.

There are no age requirements, and artists do not have to live in Seymour to participate.

Jane Hays, administrative assistant to the mayor, is spearheading the project.

“The mayor and I had talked about a rotating art exhibit at city hall near the beginning of his term,” Hays said.

Before the renovation, there were some photos from local artist Kevin Greene on display, and Hays said they received a lot of good feedback.

City hall is scheduled to reopen in mid-October. Renovations include a new HVAC, new flooring, lighting and ceilings and freshly painted walls in a bright color palette.

Several new spaces, including offices and a second large conference room, also have been added.

“We are excited about the changes to city hall, so we thought this was the perfect time to showcase some great artwork by talented people,” Hays said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the community has to offer.”

Pieces to be displayed will be chosen at the discretion of the mayor and city hall staff. Any artwork containing profanity, vulgarity or indecent subject matter will not be displayed.

Artwork will remain on display for six months and then returned to the owner. If an artist is wanting to sell the work, they must include their name, contact information and price to be displayed along with the piece.

The first round of submissions will be accepted until Oct. 4. Artwork can be brought to the temporary city hall at 211 N. Chestnut St.

There will be an open house and reception at a later date for the public to come in and view the art and renovations.