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The St. Pete main library could reopen in spring 2025, public art announced for the space

The St. Pete main library could reopen in spring 2025, public art announced for the space

exterior of a library with flowers out front
Outside the President Barak Obama Main Library in St. Pete in 2019 | Photo via City of St. Pete (FB)

Great news for local bibliophiles, and those who cherish their local libraries. The City of St. Petersburg has opened a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for local artists to contribute public art to the new President Barack Obama Main Library, located at 3745 9th Ave. N. The deadline for artists to apply and submit their qualifications for the project is July 27, 2024, by 5 p.m. 

“Public art is essential to the unique fabric of St. Pete. Not only does it beautify our surroundings, it but also reflects our diverse culture, sparks dialogue, and inspires the community,” said Celeste Davis, Director of Arts, Culture & Tourism. “The President Barack Obama Main Library project offers a unique opportunity to celebrate our shared history and envision our collective future through the power of art.”

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Main Library set to reopen in 2025

The beloved library is currently undergoing renovations and completion is expected in Spring 2025. 

Interested, experienced artists can find more information about the RFQ, eligibility, and the application at www.stpete.org/ArtistOpportunities

The City of St. Petersburg seeks artists who are able to:

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  • Design, build, and install artwork that would reflect the history of St. Pete, advances made by minority residents,
  • Create a concept that encompasses the importance of learning and education,
  • Honor the legacy of former president Barack Obama.
  • Pay attention to the upcoming library’s community spaces aligning with Mayor Welch’s focus on education and youth opportunities.

Eligibility requirements apply. The Project Committee will review the applications and select three finalists in Fall 2024. Finalists who are selected will make presentations to the Project Committee and will be able to install their artwork by Spring 2025.

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